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Christmas in Paris 2015 - Chowish family needs a little insight...

Sam B | Nov 22, 201508:31 PM

Travelling to Paris for Christmas this year with my wife and three kids , 20, 18, and 16 – good eaters all. Trying to navigate holiday closures, sat/sun closures etc., and hoping for some guidance on a few questions.

Sunday Restaurant?

We arrive on Sunday the 19th, too late for lunch by the time we settle into our apartment I expect, so looking for a good choice for a Sunday dinner. Staying near the Place des Vosges, so something not terribly far would be best, and something “traditional” seems appropriate. So, on the short list…

Astier – I like the look of the food, cheese board!, but few recent reviews
La Rotisserie de La Tour – hearty and straight up
Café des Abattoirs – ditto

Christmas Day?

Trying to maintain some semblance of our usual approach to this holiday, so we plan on dining in on Christmas Eve, maybe a plateau of delicious things from the sea, charcuterie, cheese, Champagne, and a Buche de Noel etc. Will enjoy our traditional xmas breakfast, gifts etc. in the morning, and hope to have a leisurely lunch in the afternoon out somewhere. Not interested in a grand Christmas menu of foie, lobster, caviar, etc., but rather hoping for something a little less extravagant. Haven’t seen any updated “2015 Christmas Schedules” so I’ve been checking individual websites for info, and thus far have found the following open…

Drouant – ate there a few years ago, good quality, simple, classic etc.
Le Coq Rico – I know it gets mixed reviews, but a whole roasted bird seems fitting
Allard - ?
Thoumieux (brasserie)?

The Rest?

Will do either lunch or dinner most days, but not both (apartment has a swell kitchen!) Hoping for a reasonable mix of old-school and modern, the other spots on my list include.

Le Tablettes de Jean Louis Nomicos (Lunch)
Comptoirs du Medoc (Lunch)
Chez Denise
Pleine Mer (for oysters)
Le Grand Coeur
Le Petit Celestin

I’d appreciate any input, especially on the Sunday and Christmas day questions (other suggestions welcome!). Extra points for a source of old Chartreuse!

Cheers and thanks,


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