Calling all Francophiles: Belden Place (a.k.a. SF’s French Quarter) is the spot to be on Bastille Day (today). But if you’d rather celebrate the birth of French democracy without the masses, here’s a more unexpected itinerary:
For drinks Just a few minutes away from the raucous Belden Place block party, Bouche offers an authentic (and quiet) French experience. Ask owner Guillaume Issaverdens to suggest a wine from his carefully curated menu of small-batch producers. (We love the lush Gassier Viognier Gourmand Costières de Nîmes with hints of ripe peach.) 603 Bush St.
For a dose of culture Local band Le Jazz Hot continues the tradition of French gypsy jazz at the Mechanics’ Institute from 7 to 9 p.m. Get tickets in advance and bring your dancing shoes; we hear the crowd gets movin’ early. 57 Post St.
For dinner F3 in Sausalito serves up simple, unpretentious American dishes with an elegant French twist. Start with the California “foie gras” (chicken liver mousse, cornichons and raisins). Then order the Quack sandwich (duck confit, black pepper chèvre and red-onion marmalade). Finish with the cherry crumble (cherries, red Burgundy wine, oat crumble and fleur de sel). Walk it all off with a stroll along the waterfront before calling it a bon nuit. 39 Caledonia St.