Here’s a list of some restaurants in Paris that are open on Sunday. Note that some are quite basic while others may fall into the slightly touristy category. Nevertheless, I still think they’re worthy of a visit. All but the most basic restaurants prefer that diners make reservations.
Another Sunday dining option is to visit one of the outdoor markets and make up a picnic. Markets open on Sunday morning (9am-2pm) include Richard Lenoir (M: Bastille), Aligre (M: Ledru-Rollin), Raspail (M: Sèvres-Babylon), and Place Monge (M: Place Monge).
44, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud (11th)
Tél: 01 43 57 16 35
109, rue Vieille du Temple (3rd)
01 42 72 13 77
Excellent buckwheat crêpes served in a casual, yet sparse setting. Especially busy at prime lunch hours.
Café des Musées
49, rue de Turenne (3rd)
01 43 72 96 17
Excellent French food, especially the house-made terrine and steak-frites with bernaise sauce. Desserts always good, and wine by the carafe make everything go down better. (UPDATE: Café des Musées changed owners in the Fall of 2014 and I’ve heard mixed reports from locals and visitors. I haven’t been back since the change of proprietors so an unable to provide a personal report about any changes. But I will update this post when I return.)
13, rue de Charonne (11th)
01 47 00 34 57
This traditional French bistro flies under the radar of many but is a great choice for Sunday lunch, especially after a visit to the nearby Richard Lenoir market. Hearty fare.
47, rue de Bretagne (3rd)
Terrific couscous and the best roast lamb (mechoui) in town. Good steak frites, too. Gets crowded but worth the wait. Only open on Sunday for dinner.
La Rôtisserie Beaujolais
19, quai de la Tournelle (5th)
01 43 54 17 47
Spit-roasted meats are the specialty here. Just on the banks of the Seine, few are disappointed with the roasted meats and poultry that come out of the open kitchen.
21, bus rue Diderot (12th)
Tél: 01 43 43 99 70
Don’t let the location across from the gare de Lyon train station sway you away. Lot of travelers, and locals, come here for fresh oysters, seafood, and other French fare. I like to sit at the bar and watch the action. Because of its location, reservations often aren’t necessary, so it’s a good last-minute choice, or one if you want to eat late at night because they’re open until 1am daily.
Au Pied du Cochon
6, rue Coquillière (1st)
01 40 13 77 00
Time-honored Paris classic. Turns out bowls of French Onion Soup and breaded pigs feet 24 hours a day. Popular with tourists, as well as Parisians. Sticking with the basics is your best bet.
L’as du Falafel
34, rue de Rosiers (4th)
Either take a seat in the newly-remodeled dining room, or stand on the street and fork in the most famous falafel in the world. Another choice is the stand Maoz, although there’s little room to sit.
2, rue des Hospitalières St Gervais (4th)
01 42 72 18 86
If you’re craving something other than French food, the middle eastern combination salads here offer a bit of a respite from rich, meaty fare elsewhere. A popular Marais hot spot, don’t expect the disinterested servers to dawdle as you decide. Choose your combo from the list (you can view them through the front window as well), and stick with house wine or beer.
19, place des Vosges (4th)
(No reservations or credit cards)
Dine under the arches of the Place de Vosges. Known for steak frites, generous salads, and good house Beaujolais (Fleurie), served cool.
7, rue St. Martin (1st)
01 48 87 77 56
Better-than-average café, with copious salads. Good people-watching, too.
7, rue du Faubourg Montmarte (9th)
The food here takes second-place to the stern, classic French service in the bustling, historic dining room. Inexpensive fare served without pretense. Don’t expect culinary fireworks, but Chartier is well-worth a visit anyways.
Mon Vieil Ami
69, rue St Louis-en-Ile (4th)
01 40 46 01 35
The house specialty is vegetables, but the rest of the food is good. Large communal table, which single diners appreciate. Reserve in advance. (Note: I’ve heard recent grumblings about the service, but haven’t been back to confirm.)
Lastly, some of the Flo brasseries are decent, and good value, although they lack soul and some of the food uninspired. The best of the lot are La Coupole and Terminus Nord. The pricier Brasserie Balzar is fine as well, but I avoid Bofinger due to being treated poorly on more than one visit.
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