Bring on the Bastille festivities!
One of the major holidays on the French calendar, Bastille Day — or La Fête Nationale, as the French would actually say — falls on Friday, July 14 this year. If you’re looking to take a French escape without the flight, there are several restaurants offering fresh fare that will take you straight to the streets of Paris or St. Tropez. Read on for 5 magnifique French restaurants throwing epic festivities to celebrate!
1. Le Zoo, Bal Harbour
This year, the beloved French brasserie will be home to a full day of interactive celebrations and a special menu in honor of the holiday. For a sweet start to the day’s festivities, there will be a special ice cream cart available all day for children and adults alike. From 12 to 4 p.m., adults can also imbibe al fresco with a special St. Germain cocktail cart that will be serving up a number of crafted drinks. The restaurant, reminiscent of France’s popular sidewalk cafes, will transport guests to Paris with a special accordion player from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by a caricature artist from 2 to 4 p.m. A French horn player will then kick off the evening from 6:45 to 9:45 p.m.
2. LPM Restaurant & Bar, Brickell
The French Riviera-inspired eatery located in the heart of Brickell is commemorating Bastille Day on Friday with half price ($14) escargots on the terrace and at the and at the bar. Celebrating in style with special French-themed decor, they will also feature live entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m.
3. La Côte, Miami Beach
Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s La Côte will be transporting guests to the South of France with its Bastille Day festivities. Available for guests and locals alike, the French eatery will bring the day to life with French-Flag inspired smoke bombs and entertainers roaming throughout and interacting with the guests. There will also be a St. Germain cart adorned in florals as well, serving up refreshing spritzes, prosecco and an array of cocktails made with select Grey Goose Essences. Offered as individual serves, bottle packages for a DIY cocktail or a large format pitcher, La Côte is the perfect spot to celebrate!
4. Pastis Miami, Wynwood
James Beard Award-winning restaurateurs Stephen Starr and Keith McNally recently opened the iconic Parisian-style bistro, which has anchored NYC’s Meatpacking District for nearly 15 years, in Miami earlier this year. And it brought its menu of French classics and Parisian design with it!
5. Yann Couvreur Patisserie, Downtown Miami
Recently opened at the iconic, new Julia & Henry’s food hall and helmed by Paris’ esteemed pastry chef Yann Couvreur, Yann Couvreur Patisserie offers a new approach to classic French pastries. With a delicate balance of flavors, each creation uses seasonal and local ingredients, with no artificial flavors or preservatives added. Couvreur is renowned for his meticulous culinary craftsmanship and attention to detail. He is excited to introduce the U.S. culinary landscape to the French art of living – taking the time to appreciate the little pleasures in life and in every bite.