Madames et monsieurs, are you ready for Bastille Day? Non? Sacre bleu! Well, thank goodness we’ve got your back and have found the most awesome Frenchy things to do in Sydney to celebrate. We’re nice like that.
Crack open the champagne, grab your beret and prepare to dance the night away. While we might not have the Eiffel Tower or Moulin Rouge, Sydney certainly knows how to party, French-style.
Vine Double Bay
The foodie folk at Vine are serving up not one, not two, but three special menus in honour of Bastille Day. Talk about spoilt for choice! On Sunday 12th, you will able to sample a three-course ($40pp) or four-course ($75pp) sit down menu as well as a ‘French assiette’ tasting platter featuring some fantastique wine, cheese and charcuterie options. Ooh la la!
French Touch Crêperie
Everybody loves a bit of brunch, so this one with a Franco twist should be right up your street. For just $45pp, prepare for a weekend of champagne brunching which includes mixed cheese and charcuterie platters, baguettes, croissants and, of course, crêpes! Plus, there will be live music in the background to give you the full Parisian experience. This popular Surry Hills café will certainly be busy so be sure to book ahead.
One of the most popular Bastille Day celebration venues by far, The Argyle is not showing signs of slowing down any time soon. This year, as well as getting a free drink on arrival, expect Can Can dancers, sweet crêpes, saucisson and French DJ’s LIL’M and French Mafia to keep you dancing the night away. If you’re looking for a party, you’ll find it down at The Rocks.
Why limit the celebration to a day when you can party all week? We like The Winery’s thinking. They’re kicking off on the big day by introducing a three-course French-inspired dinner menu and Champagne package as well as deals on wine and food throughout the week. All of this is being held in their luxurious Champagne Room where a re-fill can be ordered at just a touch of a button. How bourgeois!
Cottage Point Inn
Looking for something completely different? We have just the thing for you. Situated on the Cowan Creek, Cottage Point Inn offers authentic French fine-dining as well as a stunning location. In celebration of liberty, French Head Chef, Guillaume Zika has designed a three-course set menu to tingle your tastebuds. After a complimentary Kir Royale, sample a selection of foie gras brioche, beef cheek bourguignon, chestnut tart and an optional cheese course. It’ll be worth the journey, we promise!
For a more relaxed affair, The Butler might be your best bet. As well as plenty of champagne, the go-to Potts Point restaurant has mixed up an exclusive ‘Air France’ cocktail for the event made with G’Vine gin. While sipping on your tipple, you’ll have a number of French colonial specials to choose from including duck confit, pork belly casoulet and a delicate apple tarte tatin to finish. Bon appetite!
Kicking off nice and early, Ananas’ Bastille celebrations are designed to fulfill all of your French desires. Starting on Wednesday 8th, from a Vin and Fromage soiree to a Trés Chic Champagne Bruch, there’s something for everyone in the days leading up to the main event. On the day itself, Ananas is serving up a seven-course degustation with drinks to match each serving, so make sure you go on an empty stomach!
A foodie’s dream, Le Pelican is serving up the ultimate five-course French menu with lashings of vino to help you celebrate properly. Think parmesan veloute, blue swimmer crab, pork and duck cassoulet followed by a cheese course and, to top it all off, profiteroles with white chocolate chantilly. If you’re not salivating even a little, there is something seriously wrong with you.
We couldn’t talk about Bastille Day in Sydney and not include macarons! French macaron house, Ladurée has created the very special Marie-Antoinette macaron for the occasion. Inspired by the Marie-Antoinette tea (a blend of black tea from China and India, infused with citrus, honey and rose petals), these gorgeous green macarons will set you back $4.40 each, which is a minimal (and delicious) cost to get your French on this Bastille Day.
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Image credit: The Argyle, The Butler