Where to get your French fix this Bastille Day

Bastille Day is finally here and it's the perfect excuse to celebrate all thing à la française, including French food. To help you get into the Bastille Day spirit we have put together a list French events, food and celebrations happening in Sydney. 

Bistrot Gavroche

This classic French eatery, located in Sydney’s CBD only opened in early 2016 and is already causing a buzz with French foodies. It mightn’t be the fanciest of venues but the bistro –style food is undeniably French, with notable Parisian influences from head chef Frederic Colin. Inspired by his grandfather who owned a restaurant in France, Frederic’s passion for cooking quality food began at the age of 10. Colin clearly looked up to his grandfather Henri, naming his popular and sweet pâté en croûte de grand-père Henri in his honour. Bon appétit!

Photo credit: Bistrot Gavroche

Missy French

This charming and old-fashioned French restaurant found in Sydney’s Potts Point is owned by Neil Perry’s daughter, Josephine Perry. Known for its innovative French menu, the restaurant will have a special set menu this Bastille Day, featuring shucked oysters with mignonette, steak tartare, beef bourguignon, amongst many other French favourites. Those with sweet tooths will love Chef Chris Benedet’s innovative take on the iconic French dessert, crème brulée, which comes with caramelised popcorn and a small scoop of creamy, popcorn-flavoured ice cream. Tres magnifique!

Photo credit: Missy French

Café Lyon

Café Lyon on Sydney’s North Shore is a a cosy yet contemporary take on traditional Bouchon’s of Lyon. Owner and Chef de Cuisine, Rainer Korobacz, enjoys making use of fresh, local products to create quality bistro food, that will leave you feeling satisfied. Our pick? Korobacz’s raspberry soufflé with raspberry ripple glaze – it’ll have you coming back for more!

Photo Credit: ​Café Lyon

Bastille Celebrations at Café Ananas

Raise a glass to honour France's national celebration, Bastille Day on Thursday, 14th July, with a beautiful three-course dinner paired with exquisite French wine, overlooking Sydney Harbour. Indulge in traditional Onion Soup Gratiné or Le Pied de Cochon to start with, followed by a rich and complex Glacier 51 Toothfish En Papillote, or Slow Roasted Beef Cheek and finish off with a selection of French cheeses or Tarte Tatin. Let the celebrations continue through to the weekend by topping it off with a stylish Champagne Sunday Brunch. Enjoy a gourmet buffet selection, including seafood, charcuterie and many more French delights.

Artwork credit: Café Ananas

Bastille Day at Bishop Sessa

The French National Day – Le Fete National – is always a perfect excuse to indulge in all things French. To celebrate the occasion, Bishop Sessa will host a traditional Frenchified five-course degustation dinner complete with hand-picked wines. The feast will showcase chef Paul Cooper's characteristically modern take on the classics; featuring a selection of freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters with champagne jelly, finger lime and salmon caviar, and roasted rabbit with mustard, smoked pomme puree and house cured bacon. To finish, enjoy a mouth-watering tarte tatin with banana, honeycomb and milk ice cream.

Photo credit: Bishop Sessa


Bastille Day BBR French Festival 

Circular Quay is transforming into a French festival for a weekend full of celebration for Bastille Day. There will be plenty of markets, food, live entertainment as well as European food market showcasing cuisine from nine different countries.