Monthly Archives: November 2013

Restaurant Closings this Holiday Season

Most Parisian restaurants close up shop around the holidays, from right before Christmas Eve through after the first of the year. This can be inconvenient for anyone hoping to have a nice dinner out with their friends and family to celebrate Christmas or ring in the new year. Fortunately, there are some restaurants that remain open. We have created the following lists to help you navigate these closures and find the perfect, open restaurant.


First up, the holiday closures:


Les Bistronomes –closes December 21 after dinner -January 3
Olio Pane Vino– closed December 25- January 2
Les Fines Gueules – closed December 28 – January 2


L’Hedoniste – closed from 21 December- January 1


Derriere – closed December 24-25
Glou – closed December 24-25, open December 26-30, closed December 31 – January 1
Le Mary Celeste – closed December 24-  January 1
Cuisine de Bar – open December 24 until 15h, closed  December 25- January 1
La Briciola – closed December 23 –  January 2
L’Ami Louis – closed from December 24 –  January 1
Le Barav – closed from December 23 –  January 2
Beacoup – closed from December 23 – January 2


Benoit—closed December 23-1
Claude Colliot—closed December 24 – January 1
Icho—closed December 24-25, open December 26-28, Closed December 29- January 1
Isami—closed December 23 – January 1
L’Ambroisie—closed December 23 – January 1
Le Gaigne—closed December 24-25
Le Sergent Recruteur—closed December 24-25


58 Qualité Street—closed December 21- January 1
Desvouges—closed from December 24- January 6th
Itinéraires—closed from December 31- January 2
La Tour d’Argent—open for all holiday hours
Le Bistro des Gastronomes—closed December 22- January 1, Open December 31
Le Pot O’Lait—closed 24 December—2 January
Le Pre Verre—closed from the 22 December—6 January
Les Papilles—closed from the 22 December—3 January
Terroir Parisien—closed from December 22-30


Le Chardenoux des Prés – closed December 24 -25
L’Epi Dupin –closed December 24-25, Open December 27-28, Closed December 29- January 1
Agapé Substance – closed December 24- 25
Fish La Boissonerie – closed December 23 – January 3
Le Timbre – closed December 20- January 5
Le Comptoir du Relais – closed December 24- January 5


L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon – open every day!
Café Constant – open every day!
L’Arpège – open every day!
Chez l’Ami Jean – closed December 22- January 5


L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon – closed December 31
Lasserre –open every day!


Le Pantruche – closed December 20-30, open December 31, closed January 2
La Maison Mère – closed December 22- January 1
Buvette – closed December 23-27


Vivant –closed December 20- January 5
Le Galopin – closed December 20- January 5


Caffe dei Cioppi – closed December 21- January 7
Chardenoux – closed December 24- 25
Le Chateaubriand – closed December 22- January 5
Le Tintilou – closed December 24- 25
Rino – closed December 22- January 3


La Régalade – closed December 24- January 3
Le Cornichon – closed December 22- January 2
Le Severo- closed December 20 – 2 January


Le Cristal de Sel – closed December 24-25
Le Quinzième – closed December 24- January 1


Guy Savoy – Closed December 23- January 2


Le Bal Café – Closed December 23- January 5


And here are some ideas for places to celebrate Christmas and the New Year:

Restaurants to celebrate Christmas Eve Dinner

L’Ecume St. Honoré – open for take out
Le Meurice—no special menu
Drouant  –Carte classique or menu special 130Euro/person
Le Dome du Marais –special menu 120Euro/person sans boissons
Mon Vieil Ami—special menu 75Euro/person
Aux Verres de Contact—special Menu
Jean-François Piège – carte reduite
Le Violin d’Ingres – special menu 180Euro/person
Le Jules Verne – special menu 390Euro/person
L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon—no special menu
Bar le Passage – special menu 310Euro/person
Lasserre – special menu 220Euro/person

Restaurants to celebrate Christmas Day Dinner

La Régalade, St. Honoré—no special menu
Drouant  – Carte classique or menu special 130Euro/person
Mon Vieil Ami—special menu 75Euro/person
Le Violin d’Ingres – special menu 120Euro/person
L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon—no special menu

Restaurants to celebrate New Year’s Eve Dinner

L’Ecume St. Honoré – open for take out
Le Meurice—no special menu
O-Chateau – no special menu
Drouant –Carte classique or menu special 160Euro/person
L’Estaminet – no special menu
Le Dome du Marais – Special menu 120Euro/person sans boissons
Chez Marianne—no special menu
Le Gaigne—special menu 120Euro/person
Le Sergent Recruteur—special lunch menu 185Euro/person sans boisson, special dinner menu 310Euro/person boisson
Mon Vieil Ami—special menu 85Euro/person
Aux Verres de Contact—special menu
La Tour d’Argent—special menu for degustation dinner 525Euro/person avec boissons
Le Bistro des Gastronomes—special menu 80Euro/person: Plat, Entrée, Dessert
Terroir Parisien—no special menu
Le Chardenoux des Prés – no special menu
Agapé Substance – no special menu
Jean-François Piège – special menu 60Euro/person sans boisson
Le Violin d’Ingres – special menu 300Euro/person
Le Jules Verne – special menu 800Euro/person
Bar le Passage  – special menu 400Euro/person
Lasserre – special menu 220Euro/person
Buvette – no special menu
Chardenoux – no special menu
Le Tintilou – no special menu
Le Cristal de Sel – special menu 185Euro/person sans boissons

Restaurants to celebrate New Year’s Day Dinner

Benoit—no special menu
Terroir Parisien—no special menu
Le Chardenoux des Prés – no special menu
Agapé Substance – no special menu
Derriere – special menu via reservation only

Perfumes of France

On the heels of a recent visit to the Miss Dior expo at the Grand Palais, I decided to investigate the world of perfume making in France.  It’s hard not to think of France when one considers some of the most famous perfumes: Chanel, Dior, Estée Lauder, Givenchy,  and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few.  France isn’t the only country renowned for its perfume; however, it leads the market of international perfume sales at 30% of the world market.  Additionally, France possesses LVMH, one of the largest luxury-goods companies in the world, which relies heavily upon perfume sales for business.

miss dior2

What surprised me the most about perfume manufacturing in France though is where it is produced.  If I had to take a guess, I would have thought many perfumes were manufactured in Provence (I wasn’t too far off).  It turns out that the international perfume capital lies in Grasse, France which Continue reading

An Expat Life | Lindsey & Justin, the Dynamic Photographer + Chef Duo

For most people, living in France does not just mean eating croissants and drinking good wine every day. This blog post is a part of our series, An Expat Life, exploring what it is like for an expat to live and work in Paris. Through these profiles of expats who have made their lives here, we will show you the different opportunities that exist in France and the (many) struggles that go along with them.

When deciding who to interview this month for our expat life series, I instantly thought of a couple with a very interesting story.  Lindsey Kent, a photographer and owner of Pictours Paris, and her husband Justin Kent, a chef, are two Americans who made the move from Denver to Paris in September 2011.  While the move was initially temporary (1 year), the couple has found a great deal of enjoyment (and dare I say, success) while building their respective businesses in the City of Light. Both Lindsey and Justin are charming, thoughtful, hardworking, and cholk full of ideas. Here’s what these two are up to in Paris:

Justin and Lindsey in Paris Eiffel Tower

What’s your personal story Lindsey? What made you decide to take the big leap and leave home to come to Paris?

Well, Justin’s mother is French and his two older siblings were born in Paris. Just before my husband was born, the family moved to Texas Continue reading

Coffee in Paris | The Second Generation

It is no secret how much we love coffee over at the SFP offices. Since our round up of some of Paris’ first coffee spots, we have welcomed newcomers like The Broken Arm, Loustic, and most recently, Holybelly that just opened earlier this fall. As the weather cools, and we head into winter, we thought we would share what we view as Paris’ Second-Generation coffee spots.

photo 1Fondation Cafe

This small and cosy space is the brainchild of Australian Chris Nielsen who has created a friendly and welcoming new addition to the coffee scene in Paris. The interior is sleek and modern with a concrete Continue reading

The Awesome Apéro | Let’s Break out the Bubbly

I had recently been on the phone with my mom and we were discussing her upcoming trip from Indianapolis to Paris.   We were planning our days and the friends we would visit while she was here.
SFP Egg 1
“And then, before dinner, we can grab an apéro at my place before popping over to Kate’s for dinner…” I said.  “What is an apéro?” Asked my mom, a bit perplexed.  It hadn’t occurred to me that she wouldn’t know what this was.  So there I sat, stumped at how exactly to explain this tradition that had become so normal to me while living in Paris.  “Well, it’s sort of like happy hour….” I began, realizing that the two weren’t entirely the same.  And thus began my mini quest to understand the origins and implications of this French staple.

aperoAn apéritif  is served before a meal to stimulate the appetite. The word is French and is derived from the Latin verb aperire, which means ‘to open’ or ‘opening.’  Many places in Europe have their own version of an apéritif.  The Italians have aperitivo Continue reading

Beaucoup of Beaucoup!

In search of a lunch spot last week, two friends and I made a last minute reservation at Beaucoup, a new-ish addition to the northern Marais dining scene. Our first impression was that this place was taken straight out of NYC with its high ceiling, huge dining room (by Parisian standards) and very friendly, smiling service. They even asked us to wait at the bar while they prepared our table!

photo 1Unfortunately we were not seated at the fabulous blue sofa tables but the standard chairs were fabulously comfortable as we settled in to check out the menu. The 16euro 2-course Continue reading

Neighborhood Guide | Paris Abbesses & Lamarck

Montmartre is perhaps one of the most historic and famous neighborhoods in Paris.  Aside from it’s Moulin Rouge fame, Picasso museum, and Sacre Coeur iconography, the Montmartre area is the premiere home to Parisian artists.  Let us not forget that Piaf, Dalida, Apollinaire, Cocteau, and Van Gogh once lived in this artistic paradise.  It’s easy to see why this neighborhood boasts many of the world’s most famous geniuses: the timeless cafés, the beautifully (albeit steep) intricate staircases and the windmills make for an endless trove of inspiration.  The Abbesses and Lamarck area within Montmartre were on our list of places to check out, so here’s our run-down:

sacre coeur


First things first: where to get coffee in Montmartre.  If you want to see where all the famous painters used to fine tune their craft, you’re going to want to make a stop at the Place du Tertre.  This square can be found tucked behind and Continue reading