7204 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33707
Cost range: 1.00-10.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Alésia is utterly charming, with a menu of casual French and Vietnamese cafe classics at super-reasonable prices, nothing over $8.50. This isn't fancy French-Vietnamese fusion — it's coffee shop fare, a gooey croque monsieur next to a rice noodle bowl; pho next to a flaky chocolate croissant. It's the kind of place you want to nurse a thick Vietnamese coffee or skate a refreshing summer roll through a bowl of hoisin peanut sauce while you read a book. The reason you'll want to hang out: It's lovely. Unpolished concrete floors, big windows and fresh white paint provide a clean backdrop for rough-hewn wooden tables and chairs, with an umbrellaed courtyard off the back fills with the whisper of several fountains.
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