While many public celebrations have taken on different formats in 2020, there are still plenty of opportunities to raise a glass to Bastille Day on Wednesday, July 14. Bastille Day is a French national holiday commemorating the storming of the Bastille, a military prison, back in 1789. The event served as a turning point in the French Revolution and has been remembered ever since.
Dallas has more connections to the French holiday than you may realize. Oak Cliff was originally established as a French colony called La Reunion. The 300-or-so men and women who settled in the area in the 1850s were committed to an economy built on agriculture, but eventually most of them moved elsewhere. Still, Oak Cliff (and Dallas as a whole) continue to pay homage to their French roots. Bastille on Bishop has been a summer staple in the Bishop Arts District for years, and the COVID-19 pandemic is not outright cancelling the event. Though there won't be a block party with dozens of street vendors, they're selling "Bastille in a Box" for the Bastille on Bishop: Apart but Together event. Boxes include event t-shirts, stemless wine glasses, French sparkling wine, face masks and more; order one here. Here's to hoping Bastille on Bishop will be back in full swing next year!
Shop at Marcel Market
Also in the Bishop Arts District, you'll find a delightful little boutique offering luxury French products. Marcel Market has everything from specialty olive oils and fine groceries to skincare to clothing. Currently, they're selling fresh pastries (including chocolate croissants!) for pick up at their Dallas shop. Treat yourself to flaky croissant plus a shopping spree on Bastille Day.
Snack on Local Macarons
Grab your mask and pop into one of our city's bakeries selling everyone's favorite French dessert - macarons. There's something about the meringue-based cookie sandwich that feels elegant and of course, totally delicious. Macaron options abound, including Chelle's, Savor Patisserie and JOY Macarons, and you can get them in practically any color or flavor you can dream up. Savor Patisserie offers public or private macaron baking classes, with in-person lessons socially-distanced and a virtual option, too!
Dine In (or order takeout) from French Eateries
For brunch, hit the Design District or Lower Greenville Avenue for savory French baguettes at Village Baking Co.'s Boulangerie. The bakery owner was trained at bakeries in France, so you know you're getting the real thing right here in the Big D. Or head to Mercat Bistro in the Harwood District for a cup of cold brew and a croque madame.
Enjoy lunch to go or patio seating at the Paris-inspired Toulouse Cafe & Bar on Knox Street, where you could order a charcuterie platter, upscale salad or French dip sandwich.
Perhaps you'll have room for dessert, in which case, soufflé chefs at Rise have the perfect dish for Bastille Day celebrations. Order a savory and sweet soufflé to share with someone special, and find a nice wine pairing for a decadent experience.
Header photo credit: Village Baking Co.