French for a Day

Pei Xia Ang

The 14th of July marks the day of the Storming of the Bastille, also known as Bastille Day, or the National Day of France.

Here in Singapore, there are many ways you can celebrate this day. And champagne isn’t the only thing that we have on the agenda.

To eat

Bastille Day eclairs

indulge in eclairs by L’eclair by Sarah Michelle


Loosely translated as “flash of lightning” in France, this snack is so named because of how consumers tend to finish them in a heartbeat.

Invented in the 19th Century, this pastry is very easily customisable. Flavours range from vanilla and coffee to rum and pistachio.

This Bastille Day, pop by L’Eclair by Sarah Michelle along Clemenceau Avenue for a treat! Featuring over 10 unique flavours daily, this is Singapore’s first éclair specialty shop. Classic flavours include Tahitian Vanilla and Pecans, Ispahan (rose, raspberry, lychee), and 66% Dark Chocolate.

Bastille Day crepes

crêpes were invented accidentally


The crêpe was born as an accident when 14-year-old waiter Henri Charpentier burnt a pastry intended for then Prince of Wales. Luckily, the Prince did not mind at all. In fact he liked it so much, he even bought gifts for Charpentier afterwards— what a way to get off the hook!

This “burnt pastry” can be found in many places selling French cuisine, and The Daily Roundup is one of them. The crêpes are entirely made of buckwheat flour from Britanny (the birthplace of crepes in France), while other ingredients are sourced globally.

I’ve been meaning to try their Chorizo Completè ($18), made with Iberico chorizo, French comete cheese, and sunny side up egg. It is all the ingredients for a perfect breakfast in a simple, fuss-free crêpe.

Bastille Day french wine

champagne was once associated with royalty


Most people know that champagne is so named due to its origins from Champagne France, however, fewer know that it was originally referred to as “vins de Reims”. Additionally, most are unaware that during the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries, champagne was mostly associated with royalty.

Indulge in the drink of royalty at City Space, with a breathtaking view of the city from the Swissotel. Selection of champagne range from King Grande Curvee ($420), to Don Perignon Rose ($770).

A definite must for Bastille Day, just don’t get too wasted though. Champagne somehow does that if you’re not too careful.

To Wear

Bastille Day le coq sportiff

Le Coq Sportiff

With an estimated worth of €108 million, this company had its humble beginnings in a small workshop in Champagne. Going back to their roots, the logo of a rooster is derived from the national symbol of France.

Bastille Day hermes


Thiery Hermes was born in Germany to a French father and German mother. He started out this eponymous brand with the aim of serving European noblemen. Now, Hermes has established itself in the industry as the go-to brand for quality leather goods.

Bastille Day louis vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Established in 1854 on Rue Neure des Capucines in Paris, France, and Louis Vuitton first started out with the  practical invention of flat-bottom trunks that are lightweight and easy to stack. Since then, Louis Vuitton has gone a long way and won the hearts of consumers who go for quality, with products ranging from shoes to watches to sunglasses.

To Do

Bastille Day at alliance francaise de singapour

Alliance Francaise de Singapour

Head down to Alliance Francaise where you can bask in all things French. Take part in quizzes to win attractive prizes, or simply try out the complementary snacks and drinks.

PS do come dressed in blue, red, or white in the spirit of Bastille Day!

Saturday 15th July, 5.30pm till 7pm

Bastille Day ginette restaurant promotions


Savour French wine and nibbles as French singer Margot Anna and her band serenade you with their live performances. As a special promotion, Ginette is also offering whole organic chicken and a bottle of Rosé for $52. Valid till 16th July.

Friday, 14th July, 7pm till 11pm

Bastille Day o comptoir

Ô Comptoir 

Party the night away in true French style with servings of crepes, galettes, cider and wines served all night long.

Saturday 15 July, 6pm till late


With so many French influences around us daily, being French for a day turns out to be not too much of a trouble after all! Happy Bastille Day!!