It's time to brush up on your best Franglais because Monday July 14 is Bastille Day. La Fête Nationale, as they say in France, is the day we recognise the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille in 1789. It marks the birth of the French sovereign nation, which was founded upon the national motto: Liberty, equality, fraternity. Luckily for the Francophiles of Sydney, riots nor revolution will be necessary to join the celebrations. You can take part by indulging in other beloved French pastimes – rich food, cancan, wine and champagne. Some of your favourite eateries and venues will be showcasing the very best of French cuisine with specially designed menus and a host of activities.

Felix
Have your Bastille Day meal served with a side of live entertainment at Felix. The Merivale Group venue is hosting a festive dinner by head chef Nathan Johnson, including three courses and a glass of Ruinart Champagne.
2 Ash Street, Sydney
$100pp
(02) 9240 3000
More info here


La Grillade
Fancy the idea of a dress-up dinner party? La Grillade encourages Bastille Day dinner guests to come in their best Frenchified outfit. Staff in fancy dress will be serving a three-course feast. An accordionist will set the mood during the evening.
118 Alexander Street, Crows Nest
$69pp
(02) 9439 3707
Monday July 14
lagrillade.com.au


Bitton
With David Bitton as your host you're certain to have a memorable evening at Bitton in Alexandria. You'll indulge in four courses of French culinary heaven to the sounds of Edouard the accordion player.
36–37A Copeland St, Alexandria
$60pp
(02) 9519 5111
Monday July 14
bittongourmet.com.au


Yellow
Mark the occasion at Yellow in Potts Point with six courses of Parisian bistro-inspired classics, presented by Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt.
57 Macleay Street, Potts Point
$80pp, or $145pp with matched wines
Bookings recommended: (02) 9332 2344
Monday July 14

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Bishop Sessa
A truly Gallic affair is promised at Bishop Sessa on Crown Street. Chef Paul Cooper, an advocate of sustainable food, has created a five-course menu of classic French dishes with a modern twist. There’ll also be a Bastille Day lunch special for those who want to get the party started early.
527 Crown Street, Surry Hills
$80pp, or $130pp with matched wines
Bookings essential: (02) 8065 7223
Monday July 14
More info here


La Brasserie
The wining and dining will extend over four nights at La Brasserie this year. On Friday and Saturday night choose from the a la carte, or the set menu. On Sunday night there'll be a Grand Opera Gala starring Brad Cooper and a set menu. To top it off, on Monday the Bastille Day celebration will include a Vive la Revolution set menu.
118–126 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
$65pp, or $75pp on Sunday
(02) 9358 1222
labrasserie.com.au


3 Weeds
If a leisurely Sunday lunch better suits, try 3 Weeds in Rozelle. Head chef Nathan Jackson is teaming up with celebrity chef Damien Pignolet to serve a Bastille Day’s Eve lunch reflecting French traditional cooking, and there’ll be bubbles on arrival.
197 Evans Street, Rozelle
$88pp, or $123pp with matched wines. Members of the Friends of the Weeds program will receive the special rate of $75, with a price of $110 including matched wines.
Bookings essential: (02) 9818 2788
Sunday July 13
More info here


The Argyle
You can trust the Alliance Française de Sydney to put on the crème de la crème of Bastille Day celebrations. Happening on Saturday at The Argyle, the Alliance is inviting you to join the French-Australian community for a night of French music, Cancan, drinks and food. Fill up on Ricard and crepes, then dance the night away. There's also the chance to win prizes including flights to France and an island getaway to New Caledonia.
18 Argyle Street, The Rocks, Sydney
$25pp includes entry and a complimentary house drink between 4–6pm
Saturday July 12
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Bleu Blanc Rouge French Festival
The Bleu Blanc Rouge French Festival is back providing three days of free entertainment. The lively village atmosphere of provincial France will be recreated on the Circular Quay foreshore at Customs House. There will be delicious offerings of French food and cooking masterclasses, a cabaret show, an outdoor film screening, DJs, and three live concerts.
Free
Friday July 11–Sunday July 13
More info here


North Sydney markets
Put on your blue-and-white-striped la Marinière shirt and head to North Sydney markets on Saturday for a game of petanque. You can also shop French-inspired wares at the markets, munch on a pain au chocolat, sip a café au lait or simply sit back and enjoy the atmosphere to the very French sounds of artists including Moods, Alex Compton and C'est Ci Bon.
Free
Civic Park, 220 Miller Street North Sydney
Saturday July 12
More info here

Ladurée
The makers of the most delicate French macarons are releasing a special Marie Antoinette macaron flavour to celebrate Bastille day, a combination of black tea from China and India, with notes of rose petal, citrus, and honey. Enjoy one (or three) with a glass of Moet and Chandon Champagne, or Ladurée's classic Marie Antoinette tea at their Westfield Sydney store.
*Level 3, Westfield Sydney, Cnr Market Street and Pitt Street Mall, Sydney
(02) 9231 0491