Name a more iconic duo than wine and cheese… we’ll wait.
Is there anything more enticing that a cheese platter paired with a wine flight? Add your BFFs – and even better goss – and you’ve got the makings of an epic catchup. Up the fancy factor by celebrating Bastille Day on July 14 with a French-inspired fromage and wine soiree at one of the Valley’s Francophile establishments, or fill a picnic basket with sweet pastry treats. Bon appetit!
Agnes Street Bakery Pop-Up + Bottle Shop
While the much-anticipated Agnes Restaurant, Wine Bar and Rooftop Bar is still in a holding pattern, its petite pop-up patisserie, deli and bottle shop has Brisbane swooning for its delectable treats. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 7am to 3pm, recent French fancies include delicate raspberry and white chocolate mille feuille, milk chocolate choux and baked custard and almond kouign amann, a Breton cake described as “the fattiest pastry in all of Europe” in The New York Times. Grab a wine bottle or two and some blue cheese from the pantry and say “bonjour” to your next food coma.
Baedeker Bar
The cosy old-world surrounds of Baedeker Bar on Constance Street are perfect for indulging. Book an exclusive soiree for a long lunch or night out in The Garden, or head behind the revolving bookcase to The Cellar to indulge in a two- or three-course meal package. Weekly, seasonal and degustation menus available with matched wines from Australia and around the world for each course – ooh la la. Email or call 3257 4482 to secure your spot.
French Kiss Pastry
No need to lift a finger – French Kiss Pastry will do all the heavy lifting for you with freshly baked desserts and gourmet French cheese and crackers delivered to your door. The online patisserie operating out of McWhirters will wow with the most incredible sweets you can imagine, such as the towering Tripler Chocolate, strawberry sweetheart tart and cafe latte cream puff. Select your choice of soft or hard cheese and crisp wafer crackers and finish with a bottle of wine from the Valley Wine Shop, or Baedeker Bar with home delivery from Express Catering.
Les Bubbles
Enjoy joie de vivre at this Wickham Street Parisian steakhouse bistro, which specialises in the French classic, steak frites, but also serves up a mean baked Camembert and Chardonnay, with onion confit and warm baked bread, of course. Don’t forget to crack into a crème brulee dessert as well. Book online to secure your seat for lunch or dinner and let the good times and French wine flow!
Valley Wine Shop
Got your food provisions sorted? Complete your so-Frenchy-so-chic spread with a bottle or two of France’s finest. Valley Wine Shop on Wickham Street is open from 10am to midnight daily, and the knowledgeable staff will steer you in the direction of a great drop for any budget. Whether you’re after a full-bodied Burgundy or a crisp Blanc de Blancs Champagne to clink glasses with, we adore the range available at this independent wine store.


Image Source: Baedeker Bar

– July 2020