20 ways to Celebrate Bastille Day in Melbourne

bistro guillamme for Bastille Day in Melbourne
Bistro Guillaume South Bank

20 ways to Celebrate Bastille Day in Melbourne

Bastille Day is the French National Day celebrated on the 14th of July each year. In France it is known as “le 14 juiellet” or “le fete nationale” and it celebrates the storming of Bastille, a turning point in the French revolution.

Melbourne loves a celebration and some of our best French restaurants and cafes are putting on special dinners especially for the day. So why not buy a ticket, book a table or just pop in for a visit and take in the atmosphere and French food to celebrate Bastille Day in Melbourne.

la belle miette for Bastille Day in Melbourne
La Belle Miette

Some of my favourites include…

Cannibal creek winery for Bastille Day in Melbourne
Cannibal Creek Vineyard and Winery Restaurant

French restaurants

Chef Phillip Sibley has created a Bastille Day menu at Syracuse  that is expertly matched with beautiful wines by sommelier Florian Valières.
$145pp all inclusive.

Delicious french food and excellent service with a view of the Yarra.

Hit the open road and enjoy French food in the countryside made by an experienced French chef.

The French Brasserie are hosting a special Express Lunch & Dinner in Malthouse Lane, featuring live entertainment by the amazing Céd Le Mélédo, drink specials, and prize giveaways throughout the day.

Chef Philippe Michel was Melbourne’s first ever “International Chef” bringing an “overseas” restaurant to Melbourne diners. As such ,the food at his traditional laneway brasserie is classic and timeless with a modern touch.

With menu items like Oyster + Celery, Apple Mignonette and Daily Tarts + Reduced Milk Ice Cream this contemporary French minimalist restaurant is at the top of my wish list.

Bastille Day eve celebrations include four courses with matching
premium wines and live music by La Nuit Blanche.

Celebrate Bastille Day in Melbourne at this Parisienne bar and bistro in Hardware Lane. You can read the review of my excellent dinner to find out more.

A special Bastille Day menu in this Richmond neighbourhood restaurant.

French Algerian food in High St Northcote.

cake Luxbite south yarra for Bastille Day in Melbourne
Macarons at Lux Bite.

Cafes/ casual

macarons for Bastille Day in Melbourne
La Belle Miette Collins St, Melbourne.


  • La Bastille Day French Festival with Alliance Francais in Melbourne.  July 15-16th. Tickets. 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne.
  • Melbourne’s best croissants at Lune, also recently named by the NY Times as “buttery heft and feathery flake, may be the finest you will find anywhere in the world.”
  • French macarons at the adorable La Belle Miette in Collins St.

Milk the Cow in Carlton is hosting a French farmhouse supper on Bastille Day eve but it is sadly already sold out. But what’s to stop you from inviting your neighbours around to create your own? Sounds fun to me.Second home Eltham

Despite my love of French food (it is my favourite cuisine) I almost never cook it at home. Something to do with all that butter and cheese I think. Ignorance is bliss.

But this soul warming French onion pot roast looks worth a try.

As always, SBS Food has a mouth watering selection of authentic recipes that you can try at home.

What would you cook to celebrate Bastille Day? Inspire me, please.

Whatever you do to celebrate, I hope you enjoy Bastille Day.

Dani xx

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 Film lover? Then why not watch a French film on Netflix.

  • You can find some great suggestions on BuzzFeed’s  list of 17 feel good movies to stream on Netflix.
  • I also recently watched Le Week-End on iTunes and “Things to come” (L’avenir) at the cinema. Both of them were moving and pleasantly enjoyable.

Hit me with your own favourer French film.

Love French cooking?

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2 thoughts on “20 ways to Celebrate Bastille Day in Melbourne

  1. Yum! This is making me hungry! Have you been to Mon Ami in Fitzroy? I love it there so much. The chef is French and it’s run by a husband and wife team. Super tiny and intimate. Used to walk there for dates with the hubster before we had kids when we were cool and lived in the neighborhood. Sigh.

    1. Sounds wonderful Dawn! I will have to check it out as I have not heard of it. My kids are starting to get old enough that we can sometimes go out together again. Yay!

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