When it comes to impeccable dining experiences, Paris is tough to top. That said, most of France heads to their vacation homes in August (sigh) so your favorite restaurants might be temporarily shuttered. To keep you well fed and feeling fabulous, we’ve rounded up 10 of our fave Paris spots that are open this month. Bon appetit!
If brunch is your sacred meal of the week, head straight to Holybelly. This café is casual, but the coffee is not – you’ll find some of Paris’ best here – and you’ll find a nice, hearty bite to eat before a full day. Consider this your go-to for both French stapes and good ole’ southern comfort food like cornbread and beans. (open all month)
Clamato is the seafood focused sister restaurant of Septime, which has been mentioned in nearly every Paris dining guide. While less known, the food here is fantastic focused on small plates and seafood. Note they don’t take reservations, but come a little on the early side (before 8pm) and you should be OK. Open except for the 3rd week (13th-19th).
Headed by two top Israeli chefs behind Jerusalem's iconic Machne-Yehuda and The Palomar in London, Balagan is attached to Hotel Renaissance Paris-Vendôme. A vibrant fusion of Moroccan, French and Israeli cuisine, the emphasis is on sharing plates but not those with a dainty fork - this is a gluttonous dipping, spongeing, soaking kind of sharing. (open all month)
Experimental Cocktail Club
Voted one of Time Out’s 100 Best Bars in Paris, Experimental Cocktail Club is one of the forerunners of the Parisian craft cocktail movement. Slow to warm to the trends of mixology driven bars, Paris has fully embraced the Les Halles area lounge. Try a riff on a classic cocktail or ask them to creative something new and unexpected for you. (open all month)
Frenchie Bar A Vins
If you aren't able to get a reservation at Frenchie, show up at Bar a Vins 20 minutes before when they open at 7pm to ensure you get a table here. The food at the wine bar is also fantastic and similar to what you might find at Frenchie, minus the tasting menu format. Glasses of amazing wine here are just 6 Euro. (open all month)
Le Bon George
This archetypal neighborhood bistro in the 9th arrondissement leans toward serving down-home dishes like rabbit stewed with prunes, roasted rack of baby lamb, and butter-braised yellow Pollock with roasted baby leeks, along with a wine list that features bottles from Burgundy and the Rhone. Open except for the first 3 Sundays (August 5th, 12th and 19th).
Le Mary Celeste
From the people behind Candelaria and Glass, comes the impossibly hip Le Mary Celeste. The cocktail and the oysters programs are among the best in Paris. They serve serious food in small plates form, focusing on seasonal ingredients and making everything in-house from scratch. The deviled eggs are life-changing.(open all month)
Tacos in the front. Cocktails in the back. Walk through a taqueria and head past an unmarked white door to get to this speakeasy cocktail bar in Le Marais. This hidden bar has low-key lighting, original cocktails (don't miss the Santa Margarita: tequila, agave, hibiscus, vanilla, lime), good music, and a flea-market-chic décor with a homey feel. (open all month)
Creative cocktails and a super chic atmosphere are the main draws at Dersou. Reservations are only taken for the 5,6, or 7-course tasting menus (each course with its own paired cocktail). Parties of 3 or smaller are seated at the bar, which serves as a chef’s table directly in front of the open kitchen. (closed until August 8th but open the rest of August, except Mondays)
Le Coq Rico
Located in Montmartre, the menu revolves around the rotisserie, from which you can order different poultry based on how many people are in your party. All rotisserie meals are served with various side options, but you can’t do any better than crispy fried potatoes and salad to complete your meal. (open all month)