French restaurants in Hoboken + Jersey City to celebrate July 14

Bastille Day – also known as the 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 might not have time to catch a flight to Paris to celebrate, we’ve rounded up the best French restaurants, bistros and bakeries, to bring the City of Light into your own backyard. Read on for the best places to celebrate July 14th in Hoboken and Jersey City this Sunday July 14th.

Cafe Esme | 485 boulevard Marin, Jersey City

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The owner of the place, Daniela Sarbu, was born and raised in Romania and fell in love with the French cafes that had become popular there. In Bucharest, the capital, there is a huge Parisian infusion, explained Sarbu. It is called “Le Petit Paris”. Donuts, cheese pouches, fruit pouches, everything at Café Esmé is homemade.

Choc-o-Pain | Multiple locations in Hoboken + Jersey City

From croissants to quiches, this Hoboken and Jersey City spot is known for its flaky and hot French pastries, delicious lunch options, and quality coffee. And, with four locations, it’s just getting more and more convenient to visit, no matter where you live! The bakeries are quaint, the service is quick and for an added touch of authenticity you can see them baking behind the counter in downtown Hoboken. If you need a recommendation, you can’t go wrong with their namesake “Choc-o-pain” chocolate croissant.

Pancake guru | 110 Bright Street, Jersey City

Pancake guru

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Billed as “contemporary American pancakes,” Crepe Guru offers both a mix of traditional sweet pancakes like Nutella, tiramisu and caramel apple, as well as savory pancake dishes filled with chicken, bacon and southern steak. -Where is.

Café Élysée | 1001 Washington Street, Hoboken

Café Élysée

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For a romantic evening on Bastille Day, Elysian Cafe is your meeting place. This French-inspired restaurant offers an ambiance not to be missed, whether you are inside or out. Outside, you sit in a quaint area surrounded by plants that give you a slightly secluded effect on Hoboken’s busiest street (it’s also great for people-watching if that’s your thing). Inside, you can admire the original decor of the 1895 saloon while dining on a traditional French Bistro-Esque menu (steak and fries up for grabs).

Read more: A Jersey City Downtown Fries Tour

The small grocery store | 1212 Washington Street, Hoboken

The small grocery store

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You will appreciate the Parisian bistro atmosphere as soon as you walk through the door of this picturesque storefront. With a menu sprinkled with everything you’ll find in a French cafe – from croissants to quiches to croque-monsieurs, plus a selection of small pastries including macaroons and madeleines for an after-breakfast snack – do us trust when we say this place will start your morning early.

Madame Claude Bis | 390 4th Street, Jersey City

Madame Claude Bis

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Serving comforting French cuisine in the heart of Jersey City, Madame Claude Bis offers an authentically French atmosphere without appearing overwhelming or pretentious. Everything from French onion soup and cheese appetizers to after-dinner crêpes and crèmes brûlées, is delicious and tastes like imported from Paris. Live music and outdoor seating complete the cool European feel – oh la la!

Cafe La Bouche | 207 Washington Street, Hoboken

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A cozy little bistro with a touch of French charm, La Bouche Cafe is the perfect spot for breakfast standards like croque madame, croissants and (of course) pancakes galore. And in Parisian fashion, café au lait is perfect.

Bistro Satis | 212 Washington Street, Jersey City

Bistro Satis

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When you see a whole Cheese and charcuterie section on the menu of a French bistro, you know that you are not messing around on the euro-authenticity front. Satis bills itself as a European-style bistro, which means that in addition to French standards, you’ll find more menu items from a range of neighboring countries like vegetarian moussaka, gamberi risotto, and pork cutlet. heritage. Indoor and outdoor seating provides a rustic but welcoming vibe that, if you allow yourself it, might make you think you’re on a cobblestone street in the EU instead of … well, having dinner a few blocks away. ‘Hudson. Now if only every meal could start with a plate of meat, cheese and bread like the one at Satis Bistro’s brunch… Ah, that’s life.

Read more: Romantic Restaurants in Downtown Jersey City

Bistro La Source | 85 Morris Street, Jersey City

Bistro La Source

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Talk about high-end classics: if you’re craving snails, foie gras, ratatouille or steak tartare, this is your place. It offers the most complete typically French menu on our list, a great selection of wines to pair with your meals, wonderful outdoor seating and parking. The menu looks five star (and the taste test is worth it), but the prices are super affordable.

Barbes | 1300 Park Avenue, Hoboken


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Barbès is a unique place, especially in Hoboken, as it serves not only French dishes but also Moroccan (Moroccan-French) cuisine. Traditional French foods include duck confit and pepper steak with French fries. Some Moroccan specialties include couscous – Traditional Moroccan which is chicken or steak couscous, tajine kefta which is lamb meatballs, French green peas and Moroccan spices in a light tomato sauce, and a variety of brochettes which are brochettes served with quinoa tabbouleh or French fries.


Written by: Kelly

Born and raised Jersey girl, Kelly moved from Hoboken to Weehawken a year and a half ago and loves exploring all of the history and hidden spots of her new town while visiting her favorite spots on Mile Square frequently (because that she signed up for a new zip code, she certainly didn’t sign up for a life without black bear buffalo bites, Pier 13 sunsets or Sunday Washington football!). After graduating from the University of Maryland with a journalism degree in 2011, she spent five years as a style writer and is now independent on everything from fashion to finance. When she’s not working on her next story, you can usually find Kelly swimming at Stevens Pool, discovering new happy hour spots (bonus points are always awarded for somewhere with a view) or to cheer on his Maryland Terrapins (Go Terps!).