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Healthy Hybrid

Café Ruche—part fitness studio and part café



Café Ruche—part fitness studio and part café—opened in December on Old Ridgefield Road and has been serving up healthy, European-inspired dishes ever since. Owner Barbara Chopin, who spent many summers in the south of France, calls the café “a little bit of Europe in Wilton.” 

“In Europe, the café is the heart of the community,” she says. “We are trying to channel that lifestyle here.” Drop in for a yoga class followed by a cup of imported Illy coffee and one of the café’s authentic, house-made croissants. It’s also a nice spot for a casual meal. The café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, and has a full list of artisanal imported wines from Italy and France. There are also craft cocktails, which use unique ingredients like local honey (“ruche” means beehive in French), and imported French tea (try the signature Ruche-tea-ni). Salads, panini, smoothies, and entrées at dinnertime are all created from fresh, high-quality ingredients. But don’t miss the crêpes! 

“Our crêpes are really special,” says Chopin. Most popular is the prosciutto, spinach and goat cheese, and for dessert, the lemon sugar crêpe is a standout. Sweets at a healthy café? “A little bit of indulgence in moderation is fine,” Chopin promises.


Café Ruche
101 Old Ridgefield Rd.,
Wilton, CT 06897
203-529-6886
 caferuche.com

$$ Moderate

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