SO FRENCH, SO CHIC

This weekend the French celebrate Bastille Day. It’s an opportunity to be patriotic, and wave the flag and for the rest of us to celebrate French culture - which includes wine, food, art and fashion. For ‘Francophiles’ all things French represent the pinnacle of culture and, you have to hand it to the French, they do know how to eat, drink and dress incredibly well.

Here is a short, completely subjective list for the Bastille Day Weekend Vibe you’re bound to be searching for.

WINE - its practically a way of life in Eastside and our favourites for a tipple include Rosé Royale a (world first) wine bar and restaurant dedicated solely to the Rosé wine. With more than 70 Rosé from around the world and a French inspired food menu this bar is situated in a terrace in Kellet Street, with an outdoor garden area just right for a summers afternoon. This winter, there’s a mulled Rose lunch every Saturday and all-you-can-eat Tartiflette on Sunday.

Wine is the focus at Lankelly Laneway bar Dear St Eloise although lately they have been giving opportunity to up-and-coming junior chefs with a new series of Monday night suppers. Expect to be wowed by the 400+ wine list, but don’t be afraid to ask for advice and try something new here - you’re in good hands.

The Bishop Wine Bar in Surry Hills has a lot going on, with specials deals and offers every day. But it’s the substantial range of their French Pinot Noir that have us coming back for more in this chic Crown Street venue.

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FOOD - a relatively new player on the scene Métisse brings an impressive all-French team to Potts Point, with nine Michelin stars between them. Situated in the ‘gaudi-inspired’ building on Roslyn Street, Metisse is sophisticated yet affordable French dining with degustation and à la carte options available from Tuesday to Sunday, from 5pm.

Bistro Rex has been a favourite since opening. Oozing casual insouciance and always bustling, this take on a Parisian Bistro with its classic tiled floor, leather banquettes and copper trims is in the heart of Potts Point and offers daily specials, classic bistro fare and a happy hour in the early evening. Open 7 days per week, the share menu Le Banquet is the way to go for a little taste of everything.

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Macleay St Bistro is another local institution that has weathered the storms, the comings and goings, the ups and downs of the neighbourhood. Situated at the “paris end” of Potts Point, MSB has been serving up classic French Bistro stalwarts for over 30 years. Favourites include steak tartare, onion souffle and creme brulee. There’s a weekly blackboard specials menu and BYO is an option too.

et al. is the kind of restaurant every neighbourhood needs, with its casual yet perfectly executed menu reflected in the ambience. Indoor and outdoor seating face the bustling Llankelly Laneway - perfect for people watching. Early dining 5-7pm offers two prix fixe menus ($37/$47) and winter sees the mulled wine back again. They’re also offering Bastille Day dinners all weekend.

Still at the “Paris End” of Potts Point (locals like to think that it all gets a bit more sophisticated heading north on Macleay St, past the fountain) a few new shops springing up are definitely bringing back style in the fashion stakes.

Check out Baz Inc and by freer, two new players in the ‘hood that we talked about recently. Plus Mon Petit Chou, Macleay on Manning for kids clothes, Becker Minty for uniquely curated fashion and homewares, Booty for shoes, Skarfe for the best selection of scarves of all sizes and styles. Most of these shops have online availability but stroll along Macleay St with a glass of wine and the end, is a nice way to spend the day. Make sure to check out the Potts Point Galleries a veritable treasure chest of antique furniture, clothing, jewellery and homewares.

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DESIGN - Local furniture designers to makeover your new home

Have you caught the Marie Kondo bug yet? Thinking of tossing that lumpy couch or downsizing your space? Our just feeling a change coming on? Eastside is the place to look for unique, high quality, forever furniture or that funky fun piece to make the room pop. Here are few of our local favourites.

Dedece - Eclectic and modern Dedece in Darlinghurst is the place for the adventurous stylist.

Dedece - 263 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Dedece - 263 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Becker Minty - Here’s where to go for special accessories and funky pieces to spice up any space.

Becker Minty - SHOP 7, IKON BUILDING, 81 MACLEAY STREET ENTER VIA, Manning St, Potts Point NSW 2011

Becker Minty - SHOP 7, IKON BUILDING, 81 MACLEAY STREET ENTER VIA, Manning St, Potts Point NSW 2011

Hay - The modern lifestyle store in Surry Hills is a minimalist’s dream. Filled with ethical and natural pieces, we are loving the linen couches and raw wood vibe.

Hay - 285a Crown Street Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia 2010

Hay - 285a Crown Street Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia 2010

MCM - If you are crushing on Scandinavian style then look no further. Full of stunning linen, gorgeously handcrafted wood and a huge airy showroom on the border of Darlinghurst and Paddington.

MCM - 16/20 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

MCM - 16/20 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

Dellis Furniture - The classic and warm style of design Dellis instantly makes a room feel styled and inviting. Located in Surry Hills, they focus on much loved styles with a touch of individuality.

Dellis Furniture - 4/13-29 Nichols St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Dellis Furniture - 4/13-29 Nichols St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

ART - 5 Galleries within Walking Distance in Eastside

Eastside is known for their amazing art walks. Here is our list of the top 5 galleries you can tackle in one day whilst walking the streets and soaking in the sights, sounds and smells of the area.

1. M2 Gallery - Shop 4/450 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

M2 Gallery  is currently featuring the exhibition A City In Crisis, a photographic documentation of the 1980s AIDS Crisis in Sydney.

M2 Gallery is currently featuring the exhibition A City In Crisis, a photographic documentation of the 1980s AIDS Crisis in Sydney.

2. Brett Whitely Studio - 2 Raper St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

The iconic  Australian painter’s studio  is still open and available for viewing. Don’t miss the opportunity to see into the world of one of the areas most famous and celebrated artists.

The iconic Australian painter’s studio is still open and available for viewing. Don’t miss the opportunity to see into the world of one of the areas most famous and celebrated artists.

3. Tap Gallery - 259 Riley St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

TAP Gallery  is a really interactive art space. They are open late and feature works from local artists as well as life drawing sessions and painting classes. If you are after community then this is where you should look.

TAP Gallery is a really interactive art space. They are open late and feature works from local artists as well as life drawing sessions and painting classes. If you are after community then this is where you should look.

4. Gallery 9 - 9 Darley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Gallery 9  is one of the most stylish art spaces in Sydney. This Darlinghurst gallery is currently featuring works from Louise Tuckwell in an exhibition titled  Abstractiv.

Gallery 9 is one of the most stylish art spaces in Sydney. This Darlinghurst gallery is currently featuring works from Louise Tuckwell in an exhibition titled Abstractiv.

5. Yuill / Crowley - 1/318 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Yuill / Crowley  is bringing contemporary art to new heights, sleek and simple. Here is a quiet, sleek space to experience art in Eastside.

Yuill / Crowley is bringing contemporary art to new heights, sleek and simple. Here is a quiet, sleek space to experience art in Eastside.