The French staff at Bonjour Café on Clarence Street will be that extra bit happy to serve you when you order in their language. The café does all the Gallic classics – ratatouille, cassoulet, onion soup – and they specialise in crêpes. Keep an eye out for weekly specials.
The Alliance Française French Film Festival comes around in March and we recently had their Classic French Film Festival celebrating iconic actrines such as Bardot and Deneuve. But, for students and members, there are monthly free screenings too at the Alliance Française in the city at their Ciné Club. On Monday October 31 at 6pm it's En Équilibe, an equestrian romance starring Cecile de France and Albert Dupontel.
Every single karaoke bar in town has Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ on the list, but why not use your French skills to impress your group of drunken extroverts by singing the original French lyrics of ‘Comme D’Habitude’ instead? Hint: adopt a mopey countenance – as originally performed by Claude François, it’s actually a breakup song.
La Planchette Berbigier run a stall at the Kings Cross Market on Saturdays where they sell French cheese, saucissons and charcuterie. You can pretend it's a Paris fromagerie and get your mouth around names like Roquefort, Comté or Saint-Nectaire as well as getting your mouth around the cheese.
Pétanque is a form of boules that people play in France while drinking Pastis. It's Frencher than Charles de Gaulle – and more fun if you know un carreau from une portée. Head to Birchgrove on Saturday November 12 for an authentic game; it's a great way to practise your French, and you may even find out why 'Fanny pays for the drinks'.
Nothing is more French than having an opinion about some aspect of culture, and the Alliance Française’s book club helps you keep up with the latest books setting the Gallic literary scene alight. In November, it’s Le liseur du 6h27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent (Nov 1) and Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (Nov 29).
Can can dancers, accordian players, mime artists and more will be performing at Kiora Lane, Double Bay, during a free family French Soirée on Saturday November 19. Food and wine will be available, and because you know that 'soirée' means 'evening affair' you'll know to turn up after 5pm, ready to roll those Rs like a true native.
The Alliance Française Media Centre lends books, comics, DVDs, CDs and magazines to members and students free of charge. The centre is open six days a week and has a big range – over 4,000 books alone.
The Argyle in the Rocks hosts an annual Bastille Day party on or around July 14. This celebration of La Fête National is open to everyone of course, but if you’ve done your French homework you can join in a rousing singalong of the French national anthem. “Aux arms citoyens/Formez vos batalions…”