6 simple secrets to the perfect French day in Sydney


Have you been craving a little something French to accompany your everyday life?

Mais oui, nous comprenons bien – we understand well. So we’ve prepared a little something special just for you.

Come along with us and discover the best places to design your own French life in Sydney! We’ll start – mais bien sûr – with the cuisine. Here are a few authentic French haunts to satisfy all your Gallic desires.

La Banette


There’s no doubt that traditional French bakeries and patisseries leave a lasting impression on travellers long after they’ve said their au revoirs. Satisfy those French pastry withdrawals at La Banette.

Found on Glebe Point Rd, this bakery exudes French provincial charm and bursts with crusty baguettes and glistening fruit tarts. The almond croissants are a hands down favourite but be sure to sample their asparagus and goat’s cheese quiche or the beef and burgundy pie as well.

Pop an olive baguette under your arm on the way out and stroll a bit further along Glebe Point Rd where you’ll find our next hidden French gem…

La Banette Patisserie
18 Glebe Point rd, Glebe, NSW

Le Petit Tarte


If you’re looking for somewhere to go for your morning or afternoon coffee, look no further than Le Petit Tarte—a French style café and patisserie also found on Glebe Point Rd.

Le Petit Tarte is the perfect place for a rendezvous; grab a coffee and macaron and soak up the lively atmosphere downstairs or venture up to the second floor for a view overlooking the park across the road.

This café has an elegance that will no doubt transport you to back to the cobblestoned streets of the Latin Quarter.

Le Petit Tarte
219 Glebe Point rd, Glebe, NSW

La Planchette


When it comes to French cheese and saucisson, La Planchette has got you covered. This French style deli has a permanent stall at Kings Cross Market every Saturday where you can discover an impressive range of French cheeses from comté to bûche de chêvre.

While you’re there don’t forget to try the truffled saucisson or foie gras. If you’re looking to add a French-touch to your next event, La Planchette also caters.

La Planchette
Kings Cross Market every Saturday
Double Bay Market every Thursday
Marrickville every Sunday

Sel et Poivre


If it’s French dining that you long for, head to Darlinghurst where you’ll find Sel et Poivre—a French-style bistro with a traditional French menu comprising all the favourites.

Tour France in one sitting by starting your meal with the classic soupe à l’onion, then head south with the cassoulet Toulousain and finally back up north with a slice of tarte tatin for dessert. Or, if you don’t feel like cooking on a Monday night, try out the moules marinères special, served with frites and the house white wine.

Sel et Poivre
263 Victoria st, Darlinghurst

La Brasserie


Also located in Darlinghurst, La Brasserie is all about authenticity. This cuisine maison, prepares all its dishes on site tailored to the season.

Unwind and enjoy the bustling atmosphere or even time your visit to coincide with one of La Brasserie’s popular jazz evenings or Moulin Rouge nights.

On the menu you’ll find escargots, goat’s cheese soufflé, steak frites and the specials each week mean that there’s always something new to try. You can even practice your français on the French floor staff.

La Brasserie 118-126 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

La Grande Bouffe


At Rozelle you can satisfy your French cravings morning, noon and night at La Grande Bouffe. The restaurant’s interior is warm and inviting, and if the sun is shining you can choose to enjoy your morning coffee, served in a traditional bowl, outside.

Relax with a pain au chocolat or indulge in the French toast served with pear, walnuts and maple syrup. Each menu spoils you for choice with a wide variety of seafood such as the poached oysters, smoked trout rillettes or poisson du jour.

La Grande Bouffe
Shops 1 & 2, 758 Darling Street, Rozelle

Do you have any favourite French haunts in Sydney? We’d love to hear them! Please leave your tips in the comment box below.

Image credits:
1, 2, 3 & 5. By Victoria Stone.
4. La Planchette, Sydney. Courtesy of Luisa Brimble.
6. Soufflé au fromage, via La Brasserie.
7. La Grande Bouffe, courtesy of Dane at sydneyonsunday.

About the Contributor

Victoria Stone

I am currently studying for my MA in Publishing at the University of Sydney. After spending a year abroad working near Lille I have developed a love for travel, literature and language; three things which I hope will form part of my career in one way or another!

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One Comment

  1. Esme Wakefield Feb 6, 2014 at 12:28 AM - Reply

    This looks amazing. Better replica of France than they have in England (At least outside of London!)

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