Paris can be quiet on Sundays, as most French families enjoy a day of rest with family gatherings or a quiet dinner at home. Many travelers are surprised to find that most shops and restaurants are closed on Sundays in Paris. But with a little planning, you can have a fabulous Sunday in Paris.
In Part 1 of our Paris Perfect Sunday Series, we explored the delicious Sunday brunch at the exquisite tea room of the Musée Jacquemart-André. In Part 2 of our series, we gave you two fun options for your Sunday afternoon in Paris: shopping in the Carrousel du Louvre followed by a visit to Notre Dame or soaking up the atmosphere in the Place des Vosges and a stroll through the bustling Marais district.
After all that sightseeing and shopping, surely you're ready for a lovely Sunday dinner in Paris. Mais oui! Here are some of our favorite Paris restaurants that are open on Sunday.
This restaurant is located on the left bank of the Seine, just across from Ile St. Louis. As the name implies, La Rôtisserie specializes in spit-roasted meats – duck, lamb, chicken and beef – served in generous portions, and preparations change with the seasons. David Lebovitz recommends this restaurant as a top pick for Sunday dining in Paris. Evening service on Sundays from 7:00pm-10:00pm, with dinners ranging from €30-50 per person.
19, quai de la Tournelle, 75005
Tel: 01 43 54 17 47
Metro line 7: stops Sully Morland or Pont Marie
Metro line 10: stop Cardinal Lemoine
Le Relais de l'Entrecote
This popular mid-priced, no frills steak frites restaurant does not accept reservations, so don't be surprised if you have to queue outside for a table. There are no other options on the menu – just rib steak with their famous “sauce” and hot frites. Your meal begins with a small green salad with walnuts, and then the only thing you have to decide is how you want your steak cooked (rare, medium or well), red or white wine, and your choice of dessert (go for the profiteroles). Tables are close together, and service is prompt and efficient. Not a romantic or intimate option and not for vegetarians. But if you're craving steak frites at a mid-price point on Sunday evening, give this popular restaurant a try. Approximately €25 per person. There are three locations in Paris, but if you're in the 6th arrondissement the closest location is the address listed below.
Le Relais de L'Entrecote
20, rue St. Benoit, 75006
Tel: 01 45 49 16 00
(Rue St. Benoit is the small street that runs between the famous Cafe de Flore and Les Deux Magots)
Metro line 4, stop: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
L’as Du Fallafel
A casual, budget-friendly, ethnic Jewish/Middle Eastern restaurant in the Marais, L'as du Fallafel has been an institution on quaint pedestrian Rue des Rosiers for years. The messy, overstuffed falafel sandwich is their specialty, consisting of 5 or 6 fresh, hot crispy chick pea fritters, with cabbage slaw, cucumber, eggplant, tomato, hummus and spicy sauce, served on a warm, thick pita.
While the line at the take away window moves fairly quickly, you may prefer to give your name at the door and wait for a table inside.
On Sunday afternoon, you should expect at least a half hour wait for a table. Reservations are not accepted. Tables are cramped, atmosphere is casual and loud, and service is brusque, but not unfriendly.
Try one of the appetizer platters. Our group of five agreed the hummus was the creamiest we'd ever tasted, and the Caviar d'Aubergine à l’Israelienne (smoky eggplant puree with creamy mayo) is life-changing. And if you don’t want to eat your falafel with your hands, you can also order it on a plate (assiette)
L’as Du Fallafel
34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004
Tel: 33 1 48 87 63 60
Open noon – midnight Sunday – Thursday; noon – 5:00 pm on Friday; closed Saturday
Metro line 1; stop St. Paul
Classic French bistro cooking, with emphasis on quality at reasonable prices. Located just a block from the beautiful Hotel de Ville along the Seine River on the Right Bank.
Along with a la cart selections, Le Trumilou offers reasonably priced set “menus” based on what is fresh and in season at the Rungis market. The menu consists of starter, main course and dessert for €20.50, or starter and main, or main and dessert for €16.50. Their house specialty is duck in a prune sauce and the creme caramel is a favorite. Reservations recommended.
84, Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville 75004
Tél : 01 42 77 63 98
Metro line 1 & 9, stop: Hotel de Ville
Metro line 7; stop Pont Marie
Thank you to Mary Ann Grisham for this post!