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The best ways to celebrate Bastille Day in Melbourne

Celebrate French Independence Day at one of these special events

Cassidy Knowlton
Adena Maier
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Cassidy Knowlton
Adena Maier

Joyeux Quatorze Juillet! July 14 is Bastille Day, and it marks the start of the French Revolution and the beginning of the end of the French monarchy. In France, it's a huge cause for celebration. For Australians, it's a bit like St Patrick's Day — it doesn't matter if you're not French, you can still participate in the festivities. 

We've put together a list of the best events happening this Bastille Day, so whether you want to celebrate July 14 because it's part of your heritage or if you're just in it for the croissants and Champagne, here's where you'll find the best festivities.

Just want the best croissants in Melbourne? You need to go here. Or find out what else is going on in Melbourne in July.

How to celebrate Bastille Day in Melbourne

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Collingwood

The latest addition to Scott Pickett's growing Brady Bunch clan of restaurants is steeped in the romance of 1920s Paris, from a stage-set salon to please the most devout Francophile to a menu steeped in the certainties of snails, saucisson sec and soufflé. And for Bastille Day, punters can partake in a $105 per person set menu full of French favourites. Think duck rillette, Westholme Wagyu rosbiff with mushroom duxelles and Jerusalem artichoke, and a dark chocolate ganache tart to finish. To book, head to the website.

  • Restaurants
  • South Yarra

The cheese specialists over at Maker and Monger have whipped up a very special French-inspired treat this Bastille Day. On July 14 you can treat yo' self to a dish called aligot, which is basically a melty, oozy blend of cheese and mashed potatoes (heaven, right?!). Made using Long Paddock Banksia and That's Amore Cheese Scamorza Bianca, it'll be from served from 10:30am till 1:30pm with a glass of Savoie white wine from winemaker Domaine Adrien Berlioz. Oh, and to add to the indulgence, Gary's Meats will be cooking up some petit Toulous sausages to accompany the gooey Aligot – yum!

  • Film
  • Carlton

Save the date for Friday, July 14, when Cinema Nova is screening Amélie, a classic French whimsical romantic comedy. The film follows Amélie, an introverted Parisian with a huge imagination who tries to improve the lives of others around her. Enjoy a glass of French wine on arrival before immersing yourself in this visual feast by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Book here

  • Restaurants
  • Patisseries
  • Fitzroy
  • price 1 of 4

Created in a climate-controlled lab, Lune croissants are almost mathematically perfect: crisp and golden with visible layers of delicate pastry. Having a tightly controlled cubic lab in the centre of their Fitzroy warehouse store for optimum pastry-making doesn't come across as too unusual when you consider the fact that Kate Reid used to be a racing car engineer. She studied for years in Paris to perfect her technique, and the resulting buttery, flaky pastries are magnifique. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Fitzroy North
  • price 2 of 4

The second-floor venue overlooking Nicholson Street is all about Euro-classic warmth, making it the perfect spot to get cosy with a good bottle of French wine on Bastille Day. And on July 14, the team will cracking open an exclusive selection of premium French pours, available by the glass – with a wine list of more than 750 bottles, you know there's gonna be some cracking tipples. Want a taste of what to expect? Only one bottle of the 2016 Emmanuel Houillon from the Jura region was allocated to the restaurant last year – and it was actually hidden out back because the other three bottles were snapped up within 12 hours of being posted online. From Burgundy to Champagne, the Loire Valley to Alsace, the wines on offer are going to be true rarities.


The French bakery has created its own take on a Paris-Brest, a dessert made of choux pastry and praline cream. This Paris-Brest is in an oval shape, though traditionally they are wheel-shaped, with a hole in the middle. Laurent's éclair-shaped Paris-Brest also comes topped with a French flag made of white chocolate.  


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