Where to Eat in Paris on New Year’s Day

by Lily Heise
Top: A bartender at the Terrass" Hotel stands behind a sunlight-filled bar that looks out over Paris. On the left, buttery croissants, pain au chocolat, and a shiny lemon tart sit next to fresh juice and hot coffee.  On the Right, finger sandwiches, traditional French pastries and a crisp glass of wine await tea time.
Top: Christophe Bielsa Above: Hôtel Lutetia

January 1st is one of the quietest days of the year in Paris. The city silently sleeps after a late night celebrating le réveillon. It can be hard to find a restaurant that is open, so if you’re visiting the city and aren’t staying in an apartment where you prepare your own meals, or are just too tired to cook, make your way to one of these fantastic places to eat, which are open on New Year’s Day in Paris.

Macarons, a mini lemon tart, and financiers sit next to panna cotta and piping hot cups of tea.
Terrass” Hôtel

Terrass” Hotel

Many of the luxury hotels in Paris will be doing a special New Year’s Day brunch, and this upscale hotel on the edge of Montmartre is one of them. Take in stunning views over the whole city including the Eiffel Tower, while enjoying a gourmet sweet, savory, or seafood brunch. It’s available for €64/person or €74/person with a glass of champagne. Reservations can be made via the hotel’s website here.

On the left, flaky croissants and pain au chocolat are accompanied by fresh bread and hot sunny-side-up eggs. Fruit granola, jams, and strong coffee  round out the spread. On the right, two slices of chocolate marble cake, three plump madeleines, and a foamy latte wait for guests.
Hôtel Lutetia

Hotel Lutetia

Over on the Left Bank, this regal hotel is putting on a New Year’s Day brunch fit for a king. Expect abundant savory and sweet buffets chicly topped with smoked salmon, oysters, Iberian ham, makis, truffled eggs, matcha and lemon madeleines, blackcurrant and Sichuan pepper cream puffs, your favorite viennoiseries, and much, much more. This decadent feast is available at €150/person including a glass of champagne. See more information here.

On the left: Fresh fruit and juice in a sun-dappled dining room at Hôtel Molitor in Paris. On the right: Piping hot pancakes are doused in syrup, at Hôtel Molitor in Paris.
Hôtel Molitor

Hotel Molitor

Haven’t been to this trendy hotel in the 16th yet? New Year’s Day might be the perfect occasion. A revamped former municipal swimming pool, the weather on January 1st might not tempt you to take a dip, however, you can instead partake in a copious brunch for 75€/adult (including a glass of champagne) and 35€/children. This brunch is a great option for families as they will have babysitters on hand who will be organizing games and workshops for kids (advance booking recommended).

On the left: Café Constant in Paris decorates for Christmas with three sparkling Christmas trees on its facade. On the right, the café's luscious lemon tart sits under a crown of toasted meringue.
Café Constant

Café Constant 

Star chef Christian Constant’s relaxed neighborhood cafe will be open on January 1st. It’s a good choice for a no-fuss and reasonably priced meal of classic French bistrot fare, which also happens to be nearby the Eiffel Tower.

On the left, farcis, and on the right,  Ceasar salad await hungry diners at the restaurant Les Cocottes in Paris.
Les Cocottes

Les Cocottes

Two doors down from Café Constant is Christian Constant’s eatery specialized in “cocottes,” dishes served in small casserole pots. These can range from traditional roasted pigeon to lobster ravioli. Try to save room for a piece of “Fabulous” chocolate tart.

On the left, Les Cocottes in Paris offers seared fish with spring vegetables. On the right, the restaurant's creamy chocolate torte.
Les Cocottes


Terrass Hotel, 12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018 Paris

Hotel Lutetia, 45 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris

Hotel Molitor, 6 Avenue de la Porte Molitor, 75016 Paris

Cafe Constant, 139 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris

Les Cocottes, 135 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris

On the left, an empty table at the Terrass" Hotel in Montmartre overlooks the Eiffel Tower. On the right, a fresh fruit tart, macaron, and financiers are part of the brunch offerings.
Christophe Bielsa

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Lily Heise

Lily Heise has been living in Paris for more than 10 years. When she's not getting into romantic mischief, she writes on dating, travel, and culture. Her writing has been featured in Frommer’s Guides, the Huffington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, City Secrets, DK Eyewitness Guides, and other local and international publications. She is the author of Je T'Aime, Me Neither, and Je T'Aime... Maybe? lively novelized memoirs on her romantic misadventures, and continues to share dating tips, stories and travel features on her blog View Lily Heise's Website

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