Vive la France…

Bastille Day is approaching us swiftly – falling on Friday, July 14 – and a tribute is necessary. Ring in the French National Day this year with a toast to the incredible cuisine and culture of the country. The dining scene of Dubai is gearing up for just that and if you want to pay a visit to get into the celebratory spirit, this is for you.

Here are 9 spots to celebrate Bastille Day in Dubai

Bistro Des Arts

Bistro Des Arts - Bastille Day in Dubai

Nothing says celebration like a classic brunch and Bistro Des Arts’ traditional French evening brunch is as French and brunch as it gets. The exclusive offer includes free-flowing house drinks for Dhs299 per head. You can upgrade on that with sparkling and house beverages for Dhs399 per head.

Bistro Des Arts, Dubai Marina Promenade, Dubai, Friday, July 14, 7pm to10pm, starts from Dhs299, Tel: (04) 551 1576,


Josette Bastille Day in Dubai

Now this is one place that’s celebrating French pride in style. Josette is ready to mark Bastille Day with food, music and the best of beverages – the whole shebang. Starting from July 10 to 16, the itinerary features afternoon tea, but undeniably French, breakfast with French colours, cocktails and a specially curated set list of charming French music.

Josette, ICD Brookfield Place, Trade Centre, DIFC, Josette Breakfast until July 16 – 9am to 11am,  Josette Sparkling Afternoons until July 16 – 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Tel: (04) 275 2522,

Fouquet’s Dubai


One of the city’s most well-loved restaurants, Fouquet’s is honouring Bastille Day by pulling out all the stops. For Dhs350 per head, indulge in their set menu alongside grapes, live entertainment, a champagne fountain (audible gasp) and more. From 8pm onwards. Business lunch menu from 12pm to 3pm.

Fouquet’s, Downtown Dubai, Friday, July 14, business lunch from 12pm to 3pm, evening 8pm onwards, Dhs350, Tel: (04) 524 5301,

Brasserie Boulud


Chef Daniel Boulud’s French restaurant is inviting diners to celebrate Bastille Day with an exquisite dinner on July 14. From 7pm to 10.30 pm, the brasserie will be serving authentic French delicacies, delectable desserts and French drinks through live food stations. Priced at Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs495 with unlimited drinks. There’s a kids menu for Dhs150 so bring the little ones.

Brasserie Boulud, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk Wafi, Dubai, Friday, July 14, 7pm to 10.30pm, starts from Dhs295, Tel: (04) 281 4020,

Bagatelle Dubai


Bagatelle Dubai’s all-white party will transport you to the French Riviera as the restaurant is hosting a celebration for Bastille Day on July 14 from 7pm till late. Guests are invited to show up in their very best all-white to soirée away the night.

Bagatelle Dubai, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Friday, July 14, 7pm till late, Tel: (04) 354 5035,



This French National Day, Carine is celebrating with a menu of authentic French-Mediterranean food, immaculate vibes and live music to serenade all. The menu includes delicacies like carine ceviche with mango, papaya and citrus dressing, seabass carpaccio with truffle dressing, whole lobster linguine and crème brûlée. Oh, and there’s also French wine.

Carine, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, Friday, July 14, 12pm to 3pm and 7.30pm to 11pm, Tel: (04) 417 9885, 

La Cantine du Faubourg


The Bastille Day celebrations at La Cantine du Faubourg just end on July 14. After you’ve indulged in their sharing set menu with starters like foie gras terrine and mains like the John Dorry cooked meuniere and grilled lamb chops priced at Dhs350 (with a glass of champagne), head back on July 16 for the White Garden Party. The festive brunch has three different packages to choose from starting from Dhs410.

La Cantine du Faubourg, Emirates Towers Hotel, Trade Centre 2, Dubai, July 14 and 16, 12pm to 5pm, Tel: (04) 352 7105.

F.R.N.D.S Grand Café

This 14th July, F.R.N.D.S Grand Café is offering a non-stop feast like no other. The spot, which will transport you to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées with a romantic terrace, is serving breakfast, lunch and a wide selection of pastries from the minds of Chef Matthis Grosjean and Chef Kevin Jouhier. A wide range of wines to sample from is also available. Breakfast will be served from 8am to 12pm. Lunch will be served from 12pm onwards.

F.R.N.D.S Grand Café, Address Fountain Views Hotel, Al Ohood Street, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai, Friday, July 14, 8am onwards, Tel: (0) 4 564 2399,

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Located in Sofitel Dubai Downtown, L’Apéro is celebrating Bastille Day with a buffet of delectable French delicacies like charcuterie, quiche lorraine, tête de moine and comté agé. Sample the iconic Parisian sandwich, the smoked salmon blinis, and a combination of a fresh goat cheese salad. There will also be live jazz music with Joolz for a true celebration. Priced at Dhs199 for two.

L’Apéro, Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Friday, July 14, 6pm to 9pm, Dhs199 for two, Tel: (0)4 503 6666, @sofiteldubaidowntown

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