Missing Paris in the Springtime? The Autumnal Sydney weather getting you down? Not to worry, we help you channel your chic inner French persona and bring back some joie de vivre to your days. Whether you are looking to indulge in some French cuisine, cooking or culture, here we bring you our pick of the top French things to do around the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.
Sydney is blessed with many fabulous French restaurants but sometimes you just want to grab a quick croissant or crepe, or indulge in large plate of oozing French cheese.
If cheese is your weakness then look no further than the Le Petit Louvre. This tucked away cheese shop is steeped in the romance of early 18th Century France with its vaulted ceilings, burgundy velvet and François Boucher paintings adorning the walls. But of course the real draw here is the cheese – all of which are handmade boutique cheeses from France. You can buy them to go, but far better is to order a cheese platter and savour it with a paired wine to the accompaniment of classical music.
Black Star Pastry found fame in a strawberry watermelon cake, that was named the “world’s most instagrammed cake” and still sells more than 20,000 slices per week. Look beyond this iconic culinary creation however and you can sample a mélange of treats, including kouign amman, frangipane tarts and éclairs, plus some of the best croissants in town.
For authentic French crepes, head on down to the Four Frogs Crêperie in Circular Quay, where you can enjoy crepes and galettes with a huge choice of toppings, all washed down with a glass of traditional cider or white wine.
Everyone knows France has produced some of the world’s best chefs. Well now it’s your turn to give Raymond Blanc and Guy Savoy a run for their money by booking yourself into the French Classics cooking class at the Sydney Cooking School. Their course of 3 classes will have you whipping up a coq au vin, duck à l’orange and tart tatin in no time.
Don’t know your mer from your mère? You need some French language lessons tout suite! The nearby Alliance Française de Sydney offers a wide range of French courses for both adults and children. Choose from the 8-week French for Travellers course, or a 3-hour workshop focusing on grammar or pronunciation. Parlez vous Français? Mais oui!
Sydney may not enjoy Paris’ reputation as fashion capital of the world, but you can still shop like a Parisian here if you know where to go. Just a short stroll from our hotel brings you to the intersection of Castlereagh Street and King Street, where you will find French powerhouses Chanel, Dior and Cartier all within sashaying distance of one another.
For a more boutique experience, hop over to Paddington where the Victorian terraces and leafy cobblestoned streets are the perfect setting for some serious retail therapy. While the area is famous for showcasing local Australian designers, be sure to check out Volange, which features handpicked labels exclusively from Paris. Also don’t miss the famous Saturday markets.
Once you have exhausted your credit limit, reward yourself with a visit to La Renaissance patisserie in the Rocks. Here you can stock up on macarons and croissants, or treat yourself to one of their artisanal celebration cakes or decadent fresh fruit tarts. Magnifique!
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is partnering with the Art Gallery of New South Wales to bring you the essential Duchamp exhibition, running from 27th April – 11th August. Renowned for breaking down the boundaries between works of art and everyday objects and as a pioneer of the Dada movement, Marcel Duchamp is one of the 20th Century’s most original and influential artists.
Read more about our cultural packages here at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth here.
Paris may be known as the City of Lights but Sydney certainly gives it a run for its money during Vivid Sydney. This festival of lights, music and ideas transforms the city in to the world’s largest outdoor art gallery with its collection of light art sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections. Take a nighttime stroll along the Vivid Light Walk from the Rocks to the Opera House and through the Royal Botanic Gardens to see the best of the sparkling lights.
Vivid runs from 24th May – 15th June 2019.
Mark your diaries because France’s biggest celebration, Bastille Day, is coming to Sydney. The annual Bastille Festival Sydney turns Circular Quay and the Rocks red, white and blue as it celebrates all things French.
Tickle your tastebuds at the Parisian foodie village, take a French wine tasting tour or wine and cheese feast masterclass, and kick back and enjoy some French films at “le mulled wine cinema”. Joie de vivre guaranteed!
The Bastille Festival Sydney runs from 11th-14th July.
À la prochaine mes amis!