French Heritage


Milwaukee has a long and storied connection to French culture dating back to some of the first Europeans to set foot in “The Good Land.” In 1674, Frenchman Jacques Marquette became the first recorded European to stay in Milwaukee. Landmarks documenting this history can be found throughout the city from Pere Marquette Park to Marquette University.  

Each year, Milwaukee celebrates its French roots with Bastille Days in Cathedral Square Park. One of the nation’s largest French-themed celebrations, the festival features French cuisine, music, performances, entertainment and, of course, the iconic replica of the Eiffel Tower. 

Culture & Food  

French-American Chamber of Commerce 
Founded in 1978, the French-American Chamber of Commerce Chicago (FACC-Chicago) is an independent bi-national, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to foster a thriving economic relationship between the United States and France and to welcome and support French businesses, entrepreneurs, and professionals in the Greater Chicago and Milwaukee areas. 

Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro 
Home to Milwaukee's only all-French wine list, this beautiful setting in a park pavilion overlooking Lake Michigan and its award-winning French cuisine have made Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro one of the premier dining and special event destinations in Milwaukee since 1995. 

Craverie Chocolatier Café 
Home of KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates and reminiscent of a French café, Craverie features expanded breakfast items, signature soups from Kohler restaurants, fresh sandwiches, seasonal salads, and made-to-order smoothies.  

Cream & Crepe 
Cream & Crepe Cafe offers a variety of French and American food located in Cedarburg, WI.

Lupi & Iris 
Lead by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Adam Siegel, Lupi & Iris features a French and Italian Riviera inspired menu that focuses on a refined simplicity with fresh ingredients from carefully selected purveyors & food artisans. 

Le Reve Patisserie & Cafe 
Found in the heart of the Wauwatosa Village, Le Rêve pairs its renowned design with a French menu prepared by a team of chefs specializing in European café and bistro cuisine. 

Opus at The Belfry House 
Opus is a Paris-inspired French restaurant located at The Belfry House outside of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  

Alliance Française de Milwaukee
The Alliance Française promotes the French language and fosters exchanges between French speakers and local communities. Hosting immersive special events, the organization seeks to promote, share, and enjoy French culture, language, and friendship through immersive special events, introductions to native speakers, and more.