In case you didn't know, the 14th July, also known as Bastille Day, marks one of the most important events in French History, the beginning of the French Revolution.
To pay homage to this historic day, and to celebrate all things French, we've developed a handy go-to guide for everything worth seeing, buying (and eating) in Brisbane this Bastille Day weekend.
Where to Shop
If you're in need of some retail therapy (when are we not?), Brisbane is home to an array of French-inspired boutiques. For Parisian style homewares and knick-knacks, we recommend you pay a visit to Lyle & Bank. And if it's French fashion you're after, then French Rendez-Vous on James Street is your go-to! Claire Campbell's new collection, HIGH, will also be dropping at Toscani's at Emporium on Bastille Day so pop in-store to see pieces from this British designer's summer range.
Where to Eat
As well as French-inspired boutiques, Brisbane has an excellent range of French restaurants, all ready to ensure that your Bastille Day celebrations are as, well, French as humanely possible.
Howzat Burger is getting into the mood with two special, very French burgers, a Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame will join their already epic burger selection, on sale from Monday and for the rest of the week.
Vive le France at the Emporium precinct this Bastille Day! If you're wanting to go all out (and we mean all out!), Emporium Hotel is hosting a revolutionary Canard-Duchene Champagne dinner. Guests will be treated to a decadent five-course French feast accompanied by top shelf French champagne. With specialty dishes including beef cheek roulade, truffled peas, roasted pumpkin, celeriac and frisse (yum!), and a dessert menu that is to die for, this is one event you won't want to miss. Tickets are limited, so get in quick! And if your sweet tooth goes in to overdrive at the thought of Frenchy desserts, then try some of the Franco-fied yummies at Freestyle Tout. We've got our tastebuds ready for the Vanilla Crème Brulee and the White Chocolate Raspberry Brioche Dumplings.
Just when you thought this French holiday couldn't get more exciting, The Chelsea Bistro is set to launch their new winter menu. With a healthier take on French cuisine, the menu introduces superfoods such as kale, blueberries, rhubarb, and quinoa into several of their classic French dishes. Not only is their new menu deliciously French, it's good for you, too!
But if you're planning more of a brekky-brunch type celebration, we recommend hitting up some of our French favorites' including French Twist (obviously), Chouquette, Le Bon Choix. And, please, have a croissant!
Total Brisbane French Festival
No Bastille Day in Brisbane would be complete without paying a visit to the Total Brisbane French Festival. Southbank Parklands is once again playing host to Brisbane's biggest French festival, stretching out over the weekend before the historic day.
The festival is the perfect opportunity to experience the best the French have to offer, from cheese and baguettes, to wine tasting, fashion parades, can-can dancing (seriously!). There will even be travel professionals on hand to inspire you to book your next French escape! Tres bien.
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