This coming Friday 14th July means only one thing in France – Bastille Day! This much-celebrated day is seen as the start of the French Revolution, when ordinary folk rose up against the monarchy by storming the Bastille prison. But what better excuse is needed over here in the UK to indulge ourselves with gorgeous pastries and delicate goodies than another country’s national holiday? So here we have it: the low-down on the best places in Bristol to celebrate French patisserie culture on Bastille Day.
Located in the heart of Stokes Croft’s lively cafe scene, Patisserie Leila brings the tastes of France to Bristol. The first thing you notice when you walk inside is the awe-inspiring display of brightly-coloured macaroons – the place to go for macaroons in Bristol for sure. Did we mention we love macaroons? Rumour has it these are the best and most authentic-tasting outside of France. Often overshadowed by the mighty macaroon, the sandwiches are also a work of art in themselves and well worth a try. Best of all – you’ll get the full Parisian experience at a very reasonable price! Happy macarooning!
Tucked just inside the Clifton Arcade, Primrose Cafe is a modest and locally-adored spot to serve all your sugary Parisian needs. Not only does it provide the best and most quintessentially French sweet treats, it also offers varied yet down-to-earth breakfast and lunch menus with plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-freers. This little place is in the perfect spot to sit out on the street, continental style, and watch the world go by in the sun. Or if you prefer somewhere quieter – the roof garden is open all summer. Expect generous slices of cake – no holding back here!
L’artisan is the real deal when it comes to patisseries – rest assured that the house chef has studied the art in France itself. Another local favourite, it’s a hidden gem in the bustling Gloucester Road. Besides its unfaltering quality, L’artisan also has a clear conscience – all cakes and pastries are made fresh on the day, and any unsold cakes are donated to charity. As you celebrate the wonder that is the French patisserie, don’t forget to order one of the ‘best coffees on Gloucester Road’ to go with your French delight of choice.
A classic and well-known chain, Patisserie Valerie offers the widest range of French sweet goodies. Located in both in Cabot Circus as well as the Clifton Triangle, it’s a convenient way to get your hands on a fluffy eclair, or a flavour-packed tart. Be it following a shopping trip or a day at work, the two locations are situated in the perfect place for a chill-out on Bastille Day – where you can forget all else, including your sweet cravings!