Day in the Life: We speak to Virginie Brouard, owner of Edinburgh's Le Di-Vin and La P'tite Folie

The owner of these food businesses tells us about her typical working day.
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7.15 am

Getting up is a painful moment as I never manage to go to bed before 3am, sometimes 4am. I blame lockdown for that. Caffeine is badly needed. I wake up the kids. They’re both very organised and prepare their school uniform and bag the night before. I just deal with their breakfast and packed lunch. Pierre is now 14 and walks to the bus stop himself. I walk Genat, 9, to school. She scoots and I run behind.


Off to work and I have my breakfast in my car. Breakfast is two coffees and two croissants. I don't do lunch, so this is more of a brunch. I also use the journey to catch up with calls with my head chef, PR and suppliers.


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All day long, I run about between the wine bar Le Di-Vin and the restaurant La P’tite Folie, next door. During the lunchtime rush, before covid, the staff sometimes needed my help. Since re-opening the wine bar last week, I have spent my days at the cash and carry doing the shopping for the chef.

We have suffered so much in the last year and I hate the loss of control that the pandemic has caused. Hopefully, it will pass soon and be a bad memory. Once alcohol is allowed indoors again, I know I will be a lot busier. We haven’t been very lucky with the weather since re-opening. It is way too cold to drink outdoors in Scotland at the moment.

Virginie Brouard at Le Di-VinVirginie Brouard at Le Di-Vin
Virginie Brouard at Le Di-Vin


I collect Genat at the after school club. I hate the traffic now that it’s back to normal. Pierre is already back home. I cook dinner, we enjoy time around the table as a family and catch up on our day. Milan, my 25-year-old son, sometimes comes home to spend the evening with us. That’s when the kids have to speak French with me. I love having my three children around the table together. I always cook except on a Friday, which is pizza night.


Kids are off to bed, bonne nuit mes amours! That’s when my second shift starts. I tidy the house, do some paperwork, catch up on my emails, print the bills, pay the bills, and spend too much time on my phone to my friends and family.


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Plenty of time to relax now. I watch the news on Al Jazeera or BBC Africa as I need to know what is happening in Ethiopia (it’s is my daughter's birthplace and I have been doing humanitarian work over there for the last 10 years. Civil war broke last November and I’m terribly worried for my friends over there). I now read a magazine, or watch Netflix while starting a jigsaw (I am completely addicted since lockdown), I drink more coffee and eat chocolate or my favourite bourbon biscuits. By 3am, I start to think that maybe I should go to sleep. Once in my bed, I read for a while and fall asleep.

Le Di-Vin ( is currently open for food indoors and drinks outdoors on their terrace and La P’tite Folie ( is re-opening on May 20.

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