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  • 9 Places to Celebrate Bastille Day in Hoboken + Jersey City

    Bastille Day — also known as French National Day — commemorates the turning point of the French Revolution when an angry mob stormed the Bastille on July 14, 1789, as well as the Fête de la Fédération, celebrating the unity of the French people on July 14 the following year. Since you may not have the time to hop a flight to Paris to celebrate, we’ve gathered the very best French restaurants, bistros, bakeries and festivals, to bring the City of Lights into your own backyard. Here are nine places to celebrate Bastille Day in Hoboken and Jersey City:

    Choc-o-Pain {157 1st Street, Hoboken; 530 Jersey Avenue Jersey City; 330-332 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City Heights}

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    From croissants to quiches, this Hoboken and Jersey City spot is known for its reliably warm, flaky French pastries, delicious lunch items and quality coffee. And, with a third location opening soon in Jersey City Heights, it’s getting more and more convenient to visit regardless of where you live! The bakeries are quaint, the service prompt and for an added touch of authenticity, you can actually see them baking behind the front counter at the Hoboken location. Need a recommendation? You can’t go wrong with their namesake “Choc-o-pain” chocolate croissant. Oh, and we have a special HobokenGirl Deal: Buy two pastries, get 20% off a third.

    Crepe Guru {315 Washington Street}

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    Billed as “Contemporary American Crepes,” Crepe Guru offers both a mix of traditional sweet crepes like Nutella, Tiramisu or Caramel Apple, as well as savory meal options crepes filled Southwest chicken, bacon, and steak. It’s also open until 3 am on Thursday, so in case your Bastille Day celebrations lead to late-night snacking, you can totally stay on theme.

    Bastille Day in Jersey City {209 3rd Street}

    Hosted by the French American Academy, on July 15 Bastille Day celebrations will line 3rd Street from Erie to Grove Street. There will be live music entertainment, a petanque strip (a popular French lawn game) and kids games, and, of course, lots and lots of French wine and cuisine. General admission is Free, while $20 VIP tickets will get you a wine tasting and screening of the film Tour de France. Oh, and if you’ve been feeling the wanderlust lately, remember to enter the 50/50 lottery and participate in the petanque tournament- you’ll be entered to win a round-trip to Paris with La Compagnie – Bon Chance!

    Elysian Cafe {1001 Washington St}

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    For a Bastille Day date night, Elysian Cafe is your go-to. This French-inspired restaurant offers literal can’t-go-wrong ambiance, whether you’re inside or out. Outside, you’ll sit in a quaint area surrounded by plants that gives you slightly secluded effect on the busiest street in Hoboken (It’s also great for people-watching, if that’s your thing!). Inside, you can take in the original 1895-saloon decor while dining on traditional French Bistro-esque menu (steak frites for the win!).

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    The Little Grocery {214 Jefferson St and 1212 Washington Street}

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    You’ll enjoy the Parisian Bistro-vibe as soon as you walk in the door of this quaint storefront (both uptown and downtown). With a menu peppered with everything you’d find in a French cafe – from croissants to quiche to croque monsieurs, plus a selection of petite pastries including macarons and madeleines for an apres-breakfast snack, trust us when we say this place will start your morning off right.

    Madame Claude Bis {390 4th Street, Jersey City}

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    Serving up French comfort food in the heart of Jersey City, Madame Claude Bis offers an authentically French atmosphere without coming off as stuffy or pretentious. Everything from the and French onion soup and cheese plate starters to the apres-diner crepes and creme brulee are mouth-wateringly amazing and taste as if they were imported start from Paris. Live music and outdoor seating complete the fresh European feel – Oh la la!

    La Bouche Cafe {103 Garden Street, Hoboken}

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    A small, cozy bistro with a touch of French charm, La Bouche Cafe is the place to be for breakfast standards like croque madames, croissants, and (of course!) crepes galore. And in true Parisian fashion, the cafe au lait is parfait.

    Satis Bistro {212 Washington Street, Jersey City}

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    When you see an entire fromage et charcuterie section on the menu of a French bistro, you know they’re not messing around on the Euro-authenticity front. Satis bills itself as a European-style bistro, which means that alongside French standards you’ll find more menu items from a range of nearby countries like vegetarian moussaka, risotto gamberi and heritage pork schnitzel. The indoor and outdoor seating offers a rustic yet welcoming ambiance that, if you let yourself, might just trick you into believing you’re on a cobblestone street in the EU instead of … well, dining a few blocks from the Hudson. Now, if only every meal could start with a meat, cheese and bread plate like the one at Satis Bistro’s brunch… Ah, c’est la vie.

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    Bistro La Source {85 Morris Street, Jersey City}

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    Talk about upscale classics: If you’re craving escargot, foie gras, ratatouille or steak tartare, this is your spot. It’s got the most extensive, quintessentially French menu on our list, a great selection of wines to pair with your dishes, gorgeous outdoor seating and a parking lot (!!). And the best part? The menu looks five-star (and the taste-test measures up), but the prices are super affordable.

    Et voila! Nine places to spend Bastille Day {or any day} when you’re in the mood for some French food + drink + culture. Where will you be celebrating?


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    A Jersey girl born and raised, Kelly moved from Hoboken to Weehawken a year and a half ago and loves exploring all of the history and hidden spots in her new city while still making frequent trips to her favorite spots in the Mile Square (because while she signed up for a new zip code, she definitely didn’t sign up for a life without Black Bear buffalo bites, sunsets at Pier 13 or Sunday football on Washington!). After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a degree in journalism, she spent five years as a style editor and now freelances on everything from fashion to finance. When she’s not working on her next story, you can usually find Kelly swimming at the Stevens pool, checking out new happy hour spots (bonus points always given for a spot with a view) or cheering on her Maryland Terrapins (Go Terps!).


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