If you hadn’t noticed, it’s Bastille Day today. And Melbourne has been taken over by the romance of France. There’s the French impressionist exhibit at NGV and Fed Square will celebrate French culture this winter. So, we’ve rounded up some fantastic French eateries for you to try. From late night bars to beautiful patisseries, there’s bound to be some good French food in Melbourne that will make your heart sing.
1. Roule Galette
Tucked away in the corner of Flinders Lane and Scott Alley is traditional French creperie, Roule Galette. There, you will feel transported to Europe as you sample their authentic crepes. They also serve traditional galettes from Brittany, crepes made with buckwheat flour. Each sauce is home made and the majority of the cheeses come from France. For Bastille Day, they will give you a free crepe with either sugar and butter or just sugar if you spend $20 in store.
Find them at Shop 1/241 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000.
2. Lune Croissanterie
Lune Croissanterie has built an insane following since opening in 2012. A review from the New York Times labelled their croissant as the “world’s best” in 2016, cementing it in the history of Melbourne’s food scene. Try their assortment of pastries, from their famous croissant to their Kouign Amann.
Find them in the CBD at Shop 16/161 Collins St by entering through Russell Street or see them in Fitzroy at 119 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC 3065.
3. La Belle Miette
Treat yourself with some small delights by visiting this macaron and chocolate store on Collins Street. La Belle Miette uses exquisite ingredients such as premium vanilla beans or French fruit purées to create their delicious bonbons.
Find them at 8 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.
4. The French Brasserie
Relax and dine at The French Brasserie. The chef produces innovative, modern French cuisine from local and seasonal ingredients. Wash it down with Australian or French wine prepared by their in-house sommelier.
Find them at 2 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000.
5. Agathé Pâtisserie
Try some authentic French pastries from South Melbourne Market or from the Royal Arcade in the CBD. Pastry chef Agathé Kerr has a beautiful range of croissants, flans, cakes and more for you to try. To celebrate Bastille Day, she is serving up duck confit Danish pastries only at the South Melbourne Market.
Find Agathé Pâtisserie in the South Melbourne Market at 322 Coventry St, South Melbourne VIC 3205, or find her smaller store inside the Royal Arcade at 335 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3004.
For something upscale, try Phillipe, a restaurant by Normandy-born chef Phillipe Mouchel. Enjoy traditional yet innovative French cooking from seasonal produce. Oysters are shucked fresh to order, and a central rotisserie and charcoal oven provides signature dishes like roasted chicken and duck. Of course, there is an extensive list of wine to go with your meal.
Find Phillipe on 115 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000.
7. Bar Margaux
Having a late night? Bar Margaux is the perfect place for you. This late night bar in Melbourne has a menu built on French bistro classics, so you can expect some delicious food. For Bastille Day, they have a $90 per person set sharing menu that includes oysters, black truffle tortellini, cassoulet and more. You’ll get a Petit Martini on arrival and live jazz will take you through the night. Bookings are recommended.
Discover Bar Margaux in the basement of 111 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000.