Updated with new locations 8/16/2017
Nothing sounds better than a carefree end-of-summer escape to Paris—and then you realize half the restaurants your guidebook suggested are fermé pour les vacances, closed for vacation. Don't despair: our concierge has made the calls to find out the best restaurants that remain open during August.
Paris Restaurants Open In August
Le Dauphin (Open From 8/6 To 8/13)
When La Chateaubriand closes for summer holidays, head to their cousin wine bar next door. The menu of tapas and small sharing plates is by Michelin-starred Inaki Aizpitarte, the only chef who can make us excited to eat "fusion" cuisine. Throw in a marble interior designed by none other than Rem Koolhaas, plus a vibrant selection of natural wines and you've got the kind of place we'd want as our local watering hole.
Address: 131 Avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 55 28 78 88
Hours: Tuesday 7pm - 11pm, Wednesday - Saturday 12:30pm - 3pm, 7pm - 11pm
Come for the coffee, stay for views of the Seine and the rustic-chic wood interior. The coffee shop imports and roasts beans from all over the world, so whether your prefer tea-like Ethiopian coffees or rich Guatemalan brews, you'll find a cup to suit your mood.
Address: 52 Rue de l'Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53 01 83 84
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am - 7:30pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am - 7:30pm
Frenchie To Go (Closed From 8/14 To 8/21)
If you think the words "to-go" and "France" are anathema, Frenchie To Go will make you happy to admit your mistake. The casual coffee shop/sandwich store was inspired by the menu at Frenchie Wine Bar, but retooled for the busy diner who wants a quick midday bite, without sacrificing quality. Sure, a pulled pork sandwich might not be the first thing you think to eat while in France, but we dare you to eat the towering sandwich of house-smoked pork and BBQ sauce without feeling pleased you forewent a more typical jambon-beurre.
Address: 9 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 40 26 23 43
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm, Saturday - Sunday 9:30am - 5:30pm
Step into this bar near Canal Saint Martin and you might think you've ushered into Barcelona: there's chic chandeliers, tiled floors and African souvenirs. Adventurous drinkers can opt for cocktails with vodka, passion fruit syrup and cucumber, or you can stick with a bottle of la Flag, a Togan beer. Throw in an eclectic menu featuring everything from coconut milk stewed lentils to Asian-inspired wraps along with free movie screenings on Sundays and you've got the kind of bar where you won't mind the inevitable jockeying for seats.
Address: 80 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 44 88 24 48
Hours: Monday - Wednesday 6pm - 1am, Thursday - Friday 6pm - 2am, Saturday 4pm - 2am, Sunday 11am - 2am
Les Gourmandises D'Eiffel (Closed On Mondays And Tuesdays)
Pastry lovers pay a stop to this sleek patisserie, which offers a delightful range of French classics, plus our pick for one of Paris's top mille-feuille. But there's more than just sweet treats. Pick up a quick lunch with a slice of buttery-crusted quiche, or a sandwich on crisp housemade baguette. It's the kind of food we dream about when we're waiting at the office salad bar back home.
Address: 187 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 47 05 12 89
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 7am - 8pm
Embrace Paris's cocktail renaissance at this airy, industrial bar. Mary Celeste has won many awards, including entries on the "bars to watch" list of the World's 50 Best Bars awards. While we'd be happy to head there just to sling back Rain Dogs (bourbon, mint and amaro over crushed ice), the food is just as deserving of a trip. Feast on tuna with watermelon and herbs, deviled eggs topped with puffed rice and finish with green tea panna cotta topped with peaches from Provence—of course the whole menu is seasonal, so the specific dishes are up to the whims of the day.
Address: 75003, 1 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 42 77 98 37
Hours: Daily, 6pm - 2am
Falafel lovers will be delighted to hear that the Paris's most famous falafel shop keeps frying up their crispy, chewy sandwiches even while the city takes a break. Line up and get your sandwich to go, then eat it while wandering the streets (consider yourself lucky that there will be less locals to watch you making a mess).
Address: 34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 48 87 63 60
Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11am - 12am, Friday 11am - 3pm
We'll forgive you for not thinking of Paris as your go-to destination for cocktails made from agave-based spirits, but you're missing out if you skip Candelaria because of that. Sip on a "guepe verte" with chili-infused tequila, lime juice and coriander, or opt for an agua fresca. To go with your drinks, order some tacos made on fried tortillas prepared fresh each morning and a spicy black bean brownie for dessert (trust us on this one). It's staffed by Experimental Cocktail Club alums, Paris's trend-setting cocktail bar, which is closed in August.
Address: 52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 42 74 41 28
Hours: Daily 6pm - 2am
A mini Australia break from Paris? Before you scoff, we offer brunch/breakfast/lunch at Holybelly. This all-day cafe is owned by Nico Alary and Sarah Mouchot, who discovered their love for coffee and long breakfasts while working in Melbourne. Upon their return to Paris they came up with Holybelly, where Parisians can get everything from oozy grilled cheese to blood sausage, served along side a mean macchiato. Arrive early to grab a seat in the bright dining room straight away, or be prepared to wait for a table as happy diners order just one more flat white.
Address: 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix
Phone: +33 01 82 28 00 80
Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
Paris Restaurants Closed During August
- Le 52
- Two Stories (From 8/6 to 8/28)
- Urfa Durum
- Sherry Butt
- Experimental Cocktail Club