Sunday Dining

As you have undoubtedly noticed, many restaurants in Paris shut down on Sundays. Here is a list of restaurants, cafes, and cars tested and approved by me, cafés and bars that are open on Sundays (with double asterisks indicating my real favorites). As always, call ahead to make sure opening hours have not changed and to reserve a table. Remember that many restaurants close on holidays, during school vacations, and for most of the month of August.

• **Kong, 1, rue du Pont-Neuf (5th floor of the Kenzo store), 75001 Tel. 01 40 39 09 00. French/Asian fusion. Pricey (€15-20 for appetizers, €25-35 for mains) but excellent food and a great view looking out through the glass roof. Offers Sunday brunch.
• Le Café Marly in the courtyard of the Louvre by the glass pyramid, 75001, Tel. 01 49 26 06 60. It’s a Costes brothers restaurant, which means the food can be a bit hit or miss but I’m a big fan of the shrimp or scallops dishes. A bit pricey and not always the friendliest service but despite all this it’s worth it for the location: great view of Louvre from terrace. Good for tea or drinks too (especially if you hit it at sunset), open late.
• L’Ardoise, 28, rue du Mont-Thabor, 75001. Tel: 01 42 96 28 18. The food is traditional but not too heavy, €33 3-course menu with at least 10 options for each course. The service can be slow. It’s better for dinner as lunch is pricey—still €33. Open Sundays (evening only).
• Le Fumoir (pictured left), 6, rue de l’Amiral-de-Coligny, 75001.Tel: 01 42 92 00 24. Good for lunch, dinner or just drinks. Great lounge/old library feel. Best to reserve ahead unless you’re just going late for drinks. Open 11 AM – 2 AM.

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2 Responses to “Sunday Dining”

  1. Ted
    Comment by Ted | 05/15/12 at 1:10 am

    I will be in Paris on May the 27th which I now understand is Pentecost in the Catholic church.
    Some one has suggested that more places will be close on that Sunday then on other Sundays.

  2. Comment by Abby | 05/15/12 at 8:49 am

    Hi Ted,

    You may be right – it would always be best to call ahead to be sure the place is open and also to reserve. In an informal survey of my colleagues yesterday, I discovered that few French people even have any idea what Pentecost is! So perhaps they won’t close their restaurants for it… Certainly, the larger establishments like Mariages Freres and Laduree will still be open.

    By the way, Pentecost is actually on the Monday the 28th, but I imagine a lot of people will take off for the long weekend. And I am starting to think that actually more restaurants in Paris are closed Monday than Sunday… I might need to do a follow-up post!


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