Sunday, July 14 marks the 230th anniversary of the day the French stormed Bastille helping usher in the French Revolution. Francophiles around the world will spend the day in red, white, and blue celebrating the national holiday. You don't have to parlez vous francais to join in on the festivities. Dig through your closet for that lost beret, break out your stripped navy blue and white shirt and head out to celebrate all things French. Here is a moment-to-moment list on how to spend your best Bastille Day in Dallas.
Start your day with a crepe at Whisk Crepes and Cafe
There is no better way to pay breakfast homage to the French then by starting the day with those thin pancakes filled with savory and sweet (Nutella anyone?) toppings. For those who like a hearty French breakfast, The Complete crepe with French ham, gruyere, sunny side up eggs, crème fraiche, and mixed greens should do the trick. For those with a sweet tooth, the Fair Day has cinnamon apples, cinnamon whipped cream cheese, pecan, and caramel. Or you can build your own with choices like Nutella, strawberries, bananas, whipped cream and even ice cream. Oh, la, la – breakfast never tasted so good.
Drool over French Fashion at the Dallas Museum of Art
For more than seven decades, Christian Dior has been synonymous with French couture fashion. Luckily you do not have to purchase a plane to ticket to Paris just to celebrate all things Dior. The Dallas Museum of Art has transformed its bottom floor into Dior: From Paris to the World, a rare exhibit that highlights the fashion house's last 70 years. The exhibition features more than 100 haute couture dresses along with accessories, photographs, and original sketches from each decade of Dior's iconic legacy.
Eat a late lunch at Mercat Bistro
This European bistro in the Harwood District will be celebrating Bastille Day from morning until night. Start your leisurely lunch with buttery, garlicky Escargot before a Lyonnaise salad with Dijon vinaigrette. For your main entree, the Croquet Madame with ham, mornay, and a fried egg or Moules Frites served with white wine, shallots, garlic, fresh herbs, and a grilled baguette are legit choices that would make any Parisian proud. Everyone knows that it is a time-honored tradition in France to drink wine with lunch, so be sure to ask for a wine list when you are seated.
Test your cheese knowledge at Scardello Artisan Cheese
Former French President Charles de Gaulle once asked, "how can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?" It is a valid question. Even though you may not be governing a nation, stop by Scardello Artisan Cheese Shop to improve your French cheese facts. The knowledgeable "cheese enthusiasts" will explain and let you sample the stinkiest of French cheese.
Dance the night away at Bastille on Bishop
Ain't no party like a Bastille Day street party. Each year the neighbor-advocacy group Go Oak Cliff shuts down the heart of the Bishop Arts District for Dallas' creme de la creme of Bastille Day parties. Crepes, champagne, wine, warm baguettes, Marie Antoinette wigs, bocce ball, French dancing, mimes, fake French mustaches, and more wine all make an appearance at this free street party. Festivities are from 5 to 11 p.m. Vive la France!
Header photo credit: Bastille on Bishop