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The city of Paris famously shuts down in August, with many residents departing for vacations in the countryside or at the beach. Looking for a great place to eat? Below you’ll find a selection of restaurants that are open in August. Tip: it’s always a good idea to call ahead in Paris to confirm opening hours.
“Your body’s not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” –Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018)
Interior architect Jacques Garcia’s reinterpretation of Le Joy is a perfect setting for the delicious cuisine of Executive Chef Bruno Guéret (dead ringer for Michael Douglas!) and Chef Raymond Nordin (young, talented, very beau!). Look for their super spins on, say, Lobster salad, carrot mousseline; Salade Niçoise; Gnocchi, riquette, creamy parmesan; grilled Red Mullet; Cheeseburgers; Joy chocolate cake; Pierre Geronomi ice creams.
There’s Tea-Time (3-6 pm) and Sunday Brunch – what a treat. Best Barman Chef Stéphane Ginouvès shakes signature cocktails. The bar area opens onto the interior garden – decorated with the collaboration of Maison Veuve Clicquot – you’re in the heart of the Provence lavender and sunflower fields – just off the Champs Elysées ! And don’t ignore the spa and pool downstairs.
46 avenue George V, 8th
Metro: George V
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 69 60 60
Alain Ducasse’s transformation of the former Café Branly nestles in the gardens of Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac.
Executive chef Aurelio de la Llave Plaza sends out eggs Benedict with smoked salmon; duo of quinoa, cauliflower, curry and pomegranate; Salmon with spelt, lentils and parsley coulis, and “Le Jacques”– seeded brioche, ground lentils, corn, white beans, onion, duck, piquillos, homemade ketchup, cucumber, romaine, served with green salad, spiced with Espelette pepper.
From the Dessert Bar – flan pâtissier (custard tart) chocolate tart, Ducasse signature rum baba, almond tarts, vanilla whipped cream, millefeuille, etc.
27, quai de Branly, 7th
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 53 68 01
Sunday brunch / live music/ DJ / tapas chic and grillades in the gardens of the magnificent mansion constructed in 1860 for the Marquis Auguste de Talhouët-Roy – in a nutshell – bang on trend cuisine by chef Mathieu Pacaud.
20, rue d’Artois, 8th
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 80 19 66
Following the success of the Marais and Odéon cafés, there’s a new outpost in the lively Montorgueil ‘hood to find your favorite signature crêpes (like Tatin flambéed in Calvados + lemon – Crêpe Autrement). And, downstairs there’s Le (cool) Cave á Cidre (Cider Cellar)– an invitation to “deus da riboulat”– Brêton for party hard. The authentic cellar stocks some 70 references of ciders – includes my favorite sydre tendre from Eric Bordelet’s Normandy farm.
14 rue des Petits Carreaux, 2nd
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 33 97 78
Bring out the Birkin and the Balenciaga before you set foot in Marie-Laure de Noailles’s former handsome hôtel particulier. The shady garden is the perfect place for a César Salad, Lobster Roll, Caviar & blinis followed by “le tea-time” then aperitifs – a visit to Musée Baccarat.
11 place des Etats-Unis, 16th
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 22 11 10
Launched at the inauguration of the iconic Opéra Garnier in 1875, mission statement “we never close.” Why Go? New décor by Toro&Liautard and fabulous menus make this buzzing authentic brasserie a-must-visit address for outrageous sea food platters / Joël Dupuch oysters/ drinks at the American Bar / catch of the day / wicked desserts by Christian Victor – baba au rum/Capucine’s chocolate Opera, anyone ? Sympathetic service and the wine card includes sparkling Domaine Fiumicicoli (Sartène, Corsica). Open 24/7. Terrace and first floor restaurant if you prefer P & Q.
4 Boulevard des Capucines, 9th
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 12 19 00
Just off the Champs Elysées, healthy street food attitude by Thierry Marx – state of the art decor by Ora-Ito. Avocado Heaven – Rainbow Salad -Yakiniku Beef – Pastrami Fireball followed by Sweet Marxito Japanese pancakes. On your Marx – get set – go…
1bis rue Jean Mermoz, 8th
Metro: Franklin D Roosevelt
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 15 07 11
All the restaurants of this “valeurs sûr” brand are open 7/7 – in the chic left bank air-conditioned dining rooms or on the shady terraces. Choose a la carte or the daily changing market suggestions.
139 rue Saint Dominique 7th
Metro: Ecole Militaire
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 53 73 34
Eric Frechon’s “Orient Express” style neo-brasserie has a chic station buffet feel (copper and wood island bar, XXL blackboard menu) and, as you would expect, good food guaranteed. Don’t ignore the Paris-Deauville dessert – definitely worth missing your train for!
Parvis de la Gare St. Lazare, rue Intérieure, 8th
Metro: Saint Lazare
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 90 80 80
Needs no introduction. The annés folles, art-filled, art déco space has a place in every Parisian visitor’s heart. Relax on the terrace with a flute of champagne – if you haven’t tasted the lamb curry yet, what are you waiting for?
102 boulevard du Montparnasse, 14th
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 20 14 20
In the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe order a cocktail and, say, Croque-monsieur with black truffle butter and Beaufort cheese. The eclectic all hours menu was designed by Eric Frechon; the decor’s by Tom Dixon; the tempting pâtisserie by Le Pâtissier du Drugstore. Browse the concept store, pick up essentials from the Pharmacy, take in a movie next door. If only they had rooms…
133 Avenue des Champs Elysées, 8th
Metro: George V
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 43 75 07
Celebrating 100 glorious gourmand years with new décor by Laura Gonzalez, specials here are the seafood platters/dishes by Rabah Guechoud, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Ecailler – to be taken on the terrace without moderation.
2, place des Ternes, 8th
Tel: +33 (0)1 56 21 22 00
“I want this to be the best American restaurant of its’ kind in Paris,” is RL’s mission statement. Judge for yourself, in the beautiful garden, the achingly chic club like Bar (for RL’s favourite margaritas) or the informally sophisticated brasserie. Nicolas Zanel sends out Ralph’s burgers, made with beef from the Double L Ranch, Colorado, chips/cole slaw/ salad, Lobster Maryland + mile high sundaes. Christian Laval orchestrates the proceedings with extreme elegance.
173 Boulevard Saint-Germain 6th
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 77 77 00
Lead photo credit : Garden, Restaurant Le Joy