Mon Dieu! Here's How To Celebrate Bastille Day The L.A. Way

We'd love to celebrate Bastille Day with the best of 'em, but jetting off to Paris isn't in the cards. While nothing beats the real deal (those Parisians know how to par-tay!), we've devised a plan to fete like the French but in true L.A. style.
Sure, our agenda is heavy on the cuisine (who doesn't adore macarons, wine, and caviar?), but we've also got some unexpected excursions on the itinerary. Whether it's stocking up on ooh-la-la fashions via a kick-ass summer sale or learning how to pronounce designer names by enrolling in language lessons, this list is a surefire way to honor the country that gave us Coco, Cristobal, Hubert, and champagne. Merci beaucoup, France.
Photo: Via 'lette macarons
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LACMA's French Film Fridays
If you're only familiar with the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast, prepare to be blown away at LACMA's screening of Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête. The film (released in 1946, mind you), features Beauty weeping tears of diamonds and real, human arms emerging from the walls of Belle's castle to light the way.

When: Friday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Fairfax Avenue); 323-857-6000.

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Monsieur Marcel
In celebration of Bastille Day, Monsieur Marcel (located at the Farmer's Market in The Grove) will host a live accordion player! Taste our favorite Fondue Savoyarde and hit up the marketplace for authentic French fare. We're positive you'll be back for an encore.

Monsieur Marcel, 6333 West Third Street (at South Fairfax Avenue); 323-939-7792.

Photo: Via Facebook/Monsieur Marcel
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Vanessa Bruno
Hollywood has fallen head over heels for Vanessa Bruno. The designer's bohemian threads are spot-on whether you're shopping in the 7th Arrondissement or hitting up Melrose. With summer styles on sale (up to 50% off!) and fall stock hitting shelves, it's about time you infused your wardrobe with a little je ne sais quoi.

Vanessa Bruno, 8448 Melrose Avenue (between North Croft Avenue and Clinton Street); 323-655-5310.

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Calling all boozehounds, make DomanieLA your must-hit spot for some serious French sips. From vino to champers, it's time for you to start drinking like a Francophile.

DomaineLA, 6801 Melrose Avenue (at North Mansfield Avenue); 323-932-0280.

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There are many things we love about Mélisse: the no-phone policy, the stunning atmosphere, and, most importantly, the delicious Ten menu. The 10-course, fixed-price meal ($150 per person, to be exact) is crafted by the very talented, Michelin-star-winning chef and owner, Josiah Citrin.

Mélisse, 1104 Wilshire Boulevard (at 11th Street); 310-395-0881.

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Cafe Stella
While the dinners are downright delicious at Cafe Stella, it's their breakfasts that have us purring ohh la la and coming back for more! Plus, with coffee coming from next door (Intelligentsia), it's no wonder time totally flies when we visit!

Cafe Stella, 3932 West Sunset Boulevard (at Santa Monica Boulevard); 323-666-0265.

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'lette macarons
France's sweetest export (other than crème brûlée!) is probably the macaron. But, there's no need to travel long distances or pay for overnight shipping when 'lette macarons is right around the corner! Order whatever is in season (right now it's lychee or passion fruit, yum!) or our personal fave, the salted caramel. They're almost too pretty to eat!

'lette macarons, 9466 Charleville Boulevard (between South Beverly and El Camino drives); 310-275-0023.

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Beverly Hills Lingual Institute
This ain't your foreign language 101 course from college! With small class sizes and one-on-one lessons, this lingual institute is ideal for those looking to learn French, whether you're a beginner or trés advanced.

Beverly Hills Lingual Institute, 439 North Canon Drive Suite 207 (between Santa Monica Boulevard and Brighton Way); 310-858-0717.

Photo: Via Facebook/Beverly Hills Lingual Institute
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The Little Door
If you're looking for a romantic evening, then consider the search complete. The Little Door is about as intimate as it gets and offers some of the best tasting cocktails we've ever had. First or 50th, this date is sure to be one for the books!

The Little Door, 8164 West Third Street (between South La Jolla and South Kilkea Drive) 323-951-1210.

Photo: Via Facebook/ The Little Door
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Comme Ça
Chef David Myers will be serving up a French Tapas menu with an array of cocktail specials. But hurry, we heard these ressies are filling up fast!

Comme Ça, 8479 Melrose Avenue (between North Croft Avenue and Clinton Street); 323-782-1104.Photo: Courtesy of Bullfrog & Baum

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