Melbourne celebrates Bastille Day this week, giving you the chance to unleash your inner Francophile. As the French community comes together to celebrate its rich culture, you too can join in at one of these magnifique locations as the city turns blue, white and red.
Bastille Day French Festival
Happening this weekend from 16–17 July at the picturesque State Library, Bastille Day French Festival offers the best of France in film, theatre, children’s activities and, of course, wonderfully tempting pastries, cheese and wine.
French films (and the best of Cannes) at MIFF
Held in various venues throughout the city, the Melbourne International Film Festival brings a grandiose 60 new French films to discover; as well as Australian premieres from France’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
This month at Speakeasy HQ, our city’s only vaudeville theatre and wine bar, Nikki Nouveau presents the life and times of legendary Parisian cabaret artist Edith Piaf. No Regrets: The Edith Piaf Story is a spellbinding performance of song and story.
La Petite Creperie
France wouldn’t be French without galettes and crêpes. In Hardware Lane, La Petite Crêperie brings these delicious French wonders to Melbourne, along with tasty baguettes, salads, and more. French ciders, wines and their famous ‘Plateau De Fromage’ take you to your own little corner of France.
Sweet delights at Le Petit Gateau and French Quarter Patisserie
Le Petit Gâteau on Collins Street makes indulgent cakes and tarts designed to impress the discerning cake lover. Created on-site daily, each delicacy is made from an original recipe. Likewise, French Quarter Patisserie in North Melbourne produces a range of delicious cakes and pastries. Designed in boulangerie style, the bakery/cafe serves almond croissants, fruit-filled brioche, lemon tart and other authentic French treats.
Modern cuisine with French Brasserie
Nestled in Malthouse Lane, French Brasserie is your destination for fine French food in a chic contemporary atmosphere. Three dining areas provide a stylish sanctuary for enjoying wines matched with innovative, yet simple dishes, to excite your tastebuds.
Authentic taste of Paris at French Saloon
Stroll through Hardware Lane to Little Bourke Street and find French Saloon, its décor spanning the late 1800s and early 20th century. French Saloon celebrates the historic Parisian bar and bistro with Melbourne flair.
Be inspired at Mr Mason
Collins Street is home to French-inspired bar and restaurant Mr Mason, showcasing rustically prepared locally sourced ingredients. Perfect for casual bites and after work drinks, look out for special events like “Sparkling Thursdays”.