August is a famously quiet time in Paris due to the mass exodus of Parisians who go on summer vacation, leaving mostly tourists behind to enjoy the city and its many sights and attractions all for themselves.
Lots of restaurants and cafés close during the month, which can make it tricky to find somewhere to eat and drink if you’re visiting the city, or one of the few locals (like me) to remain.
As someone who celebrates a birthday in August and who seems to always find themselves in Paris at this time of the year, I’ve made it my mission to hunt down some of the best restaurants and cafés that will be open this month in the city:
Cyril Lignac’s beautiful restaurant, Le Chardenoux, will be open this August. Try his famous crab and avocado galette, and other tempting dishes such as the langoustine ravioli, lobster roll, or the delicious organic beef burger.
Le Mary Celeste is a popular cocktail and wine bar in the Marais that also serves lovely share plates. Their cocktail menu features quotes from famous artists such as Van Gogh and Picasso, with names like the Gryffindor or Le Monet Shot.
This cute little wine bar in the 6ème offers tasty share plates such as braised Angus beef, fish ‘no’ chips, sea bream ceviche, and sweet potato fritters.
Brasserie Bellanger opened last year as part of the recent revival of bouillons and brasseries in Paris serving up affordable French classics. Think onion soup, croque monsieur, beef tartare, steak frites, and millefeuille, and Paris-Brest for dessert.
After the huge success of their first restaurant in Saint-Ouen, a suburb north of Paris, this modern Greek restaurant now has two more locations, one in the 19th arrondissement and one in La Défense. The menu features mouth-watering dishes like loukoumades, spanakopita, pita, souvlaki, and moussaka.
The best tacos in Paris will be available to you all summer long. El Nopal has two locations, a takeaway joint perfect for a picnic along Canal St-Martin, as well as a petit restaurant with a terrasse in Pigalle.
Dishing up Neapolitan pizzas using high-quality products imported directly from Italy, you can find Iovine’s Pizzeria in the 1st and 3rd arrondissements.
Get your Chinese fix at Petit Bao or its newly opened big brother restaurant, Grand Bao. Their signature dish is their handmade xiao long bao (otherwise known as soup dumplings), but there’s also baozi (steamed buns), Taiwanese-style fried chicken, wontons, noodles, sweet and sour chicken, and the special Peking duck.
A self-proclaimed “boozy tea-room” just across from Jardin du Luxembourg, Treize au Jardin offers 100% homemade, organic, free-range, seasonal food and drinks all day long.
This is the time to visit Holybelly if you want to beat the queue. Holybelly 5 serves up your typical brunch (pancakes, eggs and sides, specialty coffee), while their new location Holybelly 19 offers seasonal breakfast share plates, lunch plats du jour, and natural wines. (Please note Holybelly will close August 10-21.)
One of my favorite brunch spots Papilles is open Thursday – Monday throughout August. The Fresh To Death Salad with grilled watermelon, roasted aubergine with zaatar, goat cheese, pickled red onion, and basil and rosemary pesto sounds like the perfect summer dish.
This new location by the team behind KB Caféshop dishes up a homemade brunch menu including free-range eggs, pancakes, breakfast rolls, brioche perdue, granola, toasties, scones, banana bread, and sticky-date pudding (my fave), as well as specialty coffee roasted on site.
Le Chardenoux – 1 Rue Jules Vallès, 75011
Le Mary Celeste – 1 Rue Commines, 75003
Freddy’s – 54 Rue de Seine, 75006
Brasserie Bellanger – 140 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010
Yaya – 8 rue de l’Hippodrome, 93400 Saint-Ouen; 33 Avenue Secrétan, 75019 Paris; 15 parvis de La Défense, C.C. Westfield les 4 temps, 92800 Puteaux
El Nopal – 5 Rue Duperré, 75009; 3 Rue Eugène Varlin, 75010
Iovine’s Pizzeria – 7Bis Rue du Colonel Driant, 75001; 27 Rue de Bretagne, 75003
Petit Bao – 116 Rue Saint-Denis, 75002
Grand Bao – 72 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010
Treize au Jardin – 5 Rue de Médicis, 75006
Holybelly 5 – 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
Holybelly 19 – 19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
Papilles Coffeehouse & Restaurant – 77 Rue Marguerite de Rochechouart, 75009
Back in Black – 25 Rue Amelot, 75011
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