It’s time to pull the neglected beret out of your cupboard. Alliance Française is throwing its annual French Market to celebrate French culture in South Australia.
This weekend Unley’s Soldiers’ Memorial Garden will become a Parisian wonderland featuring food stands including Boulangerie 113, Moulots Parisserie, and the vegan powerhouses at Nagev. How many croissants is too many? Asking for a friend.
There will be a collection of stalls featuring cheese, wine, jewellery, furniture, perfume, and lingerie. It’s not just about drinking Champagne all day. Live music, children’s activities, and cooking demonstrations will please the most discerning of Francophiles.
Meanwhile, peruse these local French-inspired gems to keep the good times rolling.
Bon appetite, mes amis.
If you haven’t had a loaf of sourdough from Boulangerie 113, you simply haven’t lived. These guys will display their wares at the French Market, but you should check out this Goodwood Road bakery. Their tagline? Sourdough. Croissants. Delicious. We can confirm this as fact.
Leabrook Bakehouse & Patisserie
This place looks the business, is filled with pastries and the accolades have been pouring in. Everything is handmade on site using real butter. No margarine tang of disappointment here.
Aux Fines Bouches
This award-winning patisserie has cabinets of desserts to drool over. A pistachio tart may not sound like your sweet of choice, but trust us. It should be. Anywhere with the ability to whip up a croquembouche the way this kitchen does, means business. The owners have delightful French accents that make you feel you really are in France.
The friendliest French wine bar in Adelaide. The welcome starts at the front door, with the beaming smile of security guard, Rush. More feel good vibes follow inside. Pull up a pew, order a plate of fromage and ask the staff to pour their favourite tipples to match.
La Vigne Wine Bar
With the courtyard drenched in blue, it’s an ideal spot to sit back and watch the clouds (or lack thereof) go by. Go and get some Chinon in ya. It’s also handily located next to La Madeleine Bakery and Cafe. French convenience at its best.
Restaurants and Cafes
The beautiful old building in O’Connell Street has had a redo and it looks gorgeous. Including artwork by local and national artists – including Dan Withey, Tsering Hannaford and Peter Drew – this establishment’s low lighting sets the mood for being one of Paris’ very own off the beaten track eateries. Serving only the best food and wine, you’re going to leave feeling like a new, much classier, person. Their hangover cassoulet is the business.
Christophe Zauner stands en garde, next to the chartreuse and Hey Jupiter’s white tiled signage. In time for its fifth birthday, Jacqui Lodge and Christophe Zaune have expanded their premises so you can squeeze in a little more French charm to your east end adventures. It is the spot for the pre-wedding beverage du jour – the Bloody Mary. Warning: they apply a liberal hand with the Worcestershire sauce. Apero hour promises freshly shucked oysters for $2.50 with beer and house wines for $5.50. Knock it back with a plate of hard-to-find saucisson (that’s sausage to you).
The Corner Bistrot
Owner Vic Larosa trained and worked in France for six years prior to returning to Adelaide and opening the Leigh Street restaurant. Known for their hearty, delicious meals, The Corner Bistrot is the perfect spot to wind down and fill up. Vic and the gang are happy to share their enthusiasm for food and life with those who visit – and are still going strong after 13 years.
Inspired by the home-cooked meals in the southern French style, this new restaurant is already award-winning. Priding themselves on making French food that’s, ‘Less fancy, more fresh,’ and packing in local produce – La Provence may leave you shouting its praises from the rooftops. In French, ideally.
Delicatessen Kitchen & Bar
If you’ve ever shouted ‘where can I get a good tartare in this damn town?’ prepare to have your frustrations allayed. Serving traditional French fare – think crème brûlée, bouillabaisse and snails – with an Australian spin. Local produce + small venue + brilliant service = good times.
La Bonne Table
Looking for an industrial vibe with a fresh take on French cuisine that includes produce straight from the Central Market and gluten free/vegetarian/vegan options? Praise the food gods, we’ve found it a La Bonne Table. A seasonally changing menu means you can return time and time again – the good table indeed.
Le Carpe Diem
One for the crêpe-obsessed. The motto ‘crêpe and crêpes’ is right. Savoury, sweet, anything in between – Le Carpe Diem has you sorted. But don’t worry, they’re multifaceted. Cakes, pastries and drinks for all occasions.
Willunga reminded transported French natives Sandrine Maltret and Tarik Marco of their beloved South of France. So much so, the pair were inspired to open a French-themed Provençal style restaurant in Fino’s former space. The food has a well-deserved reputation of excellence, alongside the sunny and welcoming hospitality.
The French Market, Friday 24 November, 5pm to 10pm and Saturday 25 November, 10am to 10pm. Unley Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens, Unley.
Have we missed your favourite French spot in Adelaide? Let us know in the comments, below.