If the finest of French cuisine is what you’re searching for we have found the best of the best on the North Shore of Sydney – Bon appétit!

Soufflé, Boeuf Bourguignon, Crêpes, Tarte Tatin – there is no doubt the French have a reputation for producing some of the most refined and sophisticated cuisine in the world. But if you have no aspirations to become the next Alain Ducasse, never fear, because Sydney’s North Shore has you covered with some fantastic French cuisine. You can say merci to us later…

Loulou Bistro, Boulangerie & Traiteur, Milsons Point

Loulou is everything wonderful about French cooking all wrapped up into one handy location. Not only does the bistro bring classic French fare in the style of a contemporary European bistro but the boulangerie and traiteur side of the business is all the best in breads, pastries, charcuterie and fromage. Basically, it’s a one stop shop for French cuisine. If you haven’t tried their baked goods yet, trust us you’re missing out!

Where: 61 Lavender Street, Milsons Point

Website: https://loulou.sydney/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loulou.sydney/

Charlotte Bar and Bistro, McMahons Point

Charlotte is beautiful. Emulating a genuine rustic, French charm, everything has been thoughtfully considered – from the décor through to the carefully curated menu. Their motto is the “embrace and appreciate life’s most beautiful elements – art, people and food” and they’ve definitely achieved that. Their specialty is en-croûte (in crust) so their signature boeuf en-croûte is the dish to try.

Where: 139 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point

Website: https://www.charlottebarbistro.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharlotteBarBistro/

La Bouitte, North Willoughby

Nestled on a pretty little street corner in North Willoughby, La Bouitte is the quintessential neighbourhood French Bistro. Describing their menu as “a love letter to exquisite cuisine” La Bouitte pride themselves on warm hospitality and authenticity. With a matching extensive French wine list, this is the perfect spot for a cozy meal with friends, or a special night out. Their Wednesday night Moules-frites night is the perfect mid-week pick me up!

Where: 197 High Street, North Willoughby 

Website: https://labouittesydney.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100092427492762

Smoque Brasserie, Chatswood

For a perfect fusion of French and modern Australian cuisine, look no further than Smoque Brasserie. Smoque’s food is as delicious as it is beautifully presented. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they offer a fantastic pre-theatre dining menu so you can duck straight over to the Concourse for a show after your meal.

Where: 5 / 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

Website: https://smoque.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smoquebrasserie

Martha’s, Northbridge

An exercise in both expertly prepared French and European cuisine, as well as a showcase of the finest locally sourced ingredients, Martha’s has very much made a name for itself since its opening in 2004. Martha’s is warm and cozy, and reflects its ethos of comfortably simplicity. Asides from their delicious menu, they also offer fantastic gourmet picnic hampers, which are just perfect for taking out to enjoy the stunning North Shore area. 

Where: 7/128 Sailers Bay Road, Northbridge

Website: https://marthas.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Marthas.northbridge/

Le Marché French Markets, Willoughby

If you’re really well and truly ready to get out there and try your hand at French cooking, you simply cannot go past Australia’s one and only monthly French markets Le Marché. Held on the 1st Sunday of every month at Moore Park and the 2nd and 4th Sunday at Willoughby, the markets offer the very best in French cuisine and culture and are the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning. 

Where:  Laurelbank Cottage, 85 Penshurst Street, Willoughby

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lemarchesydneyfrenchmarket/

Garçon Restaurant & Café, Lane Cove

Lane Cove is a bustling hub of culinary delights but Garçon still manages to make itself stand out from the crowd. Located in the trendy Canopy shopping precinct, the restaurant aims to emulate the restaurants that you’d find nestled on a Parisienne street, and offers all the French favourites. Did we also mention that they offer a 4-course Bottomless Brunch every day? Très bien!

Where: Shop 5, The Canopy, 2 Rosenthal Avenue, Lane Cove

Website: https://www.garcon.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GarconSydney/

Bistro Mosman, Mosman

Located in The Buena at Mosman, Bistro Mosman is aimed to emulate the feel of a French beachside resort. Showcasing a French Provençal style menu, it’s like a trip to the Côte d’Azur without the jetlag. Next time you’re looking for a sneaky midweek lunch, why not pop in for their $79 Tuesday to Friday lunch special which includes two courses and a glass of wine.

Where: 76 Middle Head Road, Mosman

Website: https://www.thebuena.com.au/bistromosman/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bistromosman/

Bistro L’Héritage, Mosman

If you’re looking for something a little more special, and intimate for your next French dining experience, look no further than L’Héritage. Located in a charming historic building, surrounded by national park on Chowder Bay, you’d be easily convinced that you’d be invited into a delightful French home for dinner. Head chef, Julien Audibert, brings with him a wealth of experience cooking in France, and it shows in L’Héritage’s incredibly sophisticated menu. Keep an eye out for their themed events including their Raclette nights and Truffle evenings. 

Where: 7b Chowder Bay Road, Mosman

Website: https://lheritage.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bistro.lheritage 

Frenchy’s Café, Mosman

If you prefer a smaller, quainter French experience, Frenchy’s is the café for you. Nestled in Headland Park at Mosman, Frenchy’s is open daily for breakfast and lunch and is the perfect location to feel like you’re really getting away from it all for a while. With the café’s founders having owned not one, but two French brasseries in Paris’s West you know you’re getting some genuinely authentic cuisine. A menu highlight is the French Onion Soup served with Croque Monsieur croutons.

Where: 3 Read Place, Mosman

Website: https://frenchyscafe.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrenchysCafe

Four Frogs Crêperie, Mosman and Lane Cove

So, first of all crêpes are sweet and galettes are savoury – now we’ve got that distinction out of the way, the only other thing you need to know is that Four Frogs specialise in both and they are delicious! Utilising traditional recipes and cooking techniques hailing from the Bretagne region in France, Four Frogs offers an extensive core menu of both sweet and savoury creations but the real treat is their monthly chef’s specials and, spoiler alert, there’s a crêpe on the menu called La Favourite and it’s called that for good reason! 

Where: 1 / 155 Middle Head Road, Mosman and 115-117 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

Website: https://www.fourfrogs.com.au/french-crepes-in-sydney/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fourfrogscreperie/

Café Lyon, Lindfield

Café Lyon is the brainchild of owner and chef Rainer Korobacz. He brings his wealth of restaurant experience from travelling around the world and has molded it all into what he (and the French) call a ‘neo-bistro’. Essentially offering high calibre food but in a casual dining setting and at a more modest price budget for their customers. Café Lyon’s menu is constantly changing but a highlight is their citrus cured salmon, and their monthly Wine Maker’s dinners always promise a fantastic evening out. 

Where: 366 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

Website: https://www.cafelyon.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CafeLyonLindfield/

Brasserie L’Entrecôte, Pymble

Paying homage to Le Relais de L’Entrecôte, which infamously served just one dish, Brasserie L’Entrecôte aims to stun with simple fare, served perfectly. Their in-house butchered beef is without a doubt the star of the menu but, unlike their namesake, they do also serve beautifully prepared fish, duck, chicken and vegetarian fare. With an emphasis on excellent hospitality and stunning presentation, L’Entrecôte should definitely be on your list to visit.

Where: 1047 Pacific Highway, Pymble

Website: https://brasserielentrecote.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brasserielentrecote/

Bastille Festival, Circular Quay

Finally, we would be very remiss if we did not mention the four-day Bastille Day festival coming up from 11 – 14 July. Celebrating French food, wine and art, the festival will see Circular Quay and the Rocks transformed into a four-day French soirée. What better way to say Vive la France! Make sure you head over to the website to see the full program of live music, food masterclasses, French cinema and, of course, cheese and wine.  

Website: https://bastillefestival.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BASTILLEFESTIVALSYDNEY 

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