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Holiday 2014 Restaurant Closings

Traveling in Paris over the holiday season is nothing less than magical!

One can hit quite a few speed bumps, however, when it comes to dining as many restaurants close for at least a week over the holidays. Below is our list of restaurant closing by arrondissement followed by our suggestions for some great spots to spend both Christmas and New Years.


First up, the holiday closures:


Le Grand Vefour – cosed December 24-28
Les Fines Gueules – closed December 23-25, closed December 31 – January 1
Verjus – closed December 24-26 & January 1st
Spring – closed December 22-25, closed December 31- January 1


Chez Georges – closed December 24-January 1st
Drouant – closed January 1st
Racines 1 & 2 – closed December 23 – January 5
Saturne – closed December 24-28
Terroir Parisien Palais Brongniart – closed December 24 – January 1, open December 31 for dinner only


Derriere – closed December 24-25, January 1st
Glou – closed December 24-25
La Briciola – closed approx. December 22 – January 2
Beaucoup – closed December 24-25, January 1st
Soma – closed December 24-January 3


Benoit— closed December 24-25 & 31, January 1
Icho— closed December 21- December 27
Isami— closed December 24 – January 5
Le Jaja – closed December 24-25, January 1st
L’Ambroisie— closed December 24-25, closed January 31-1


58 Qualité Street— closed December 20-December 26
Desvouges— closed December 24 – January 5
Itinéraires— closed December 22-26
Le Pot O’Lait— closed December 20- January 2
Le Pre Verre— closed evening of December 24-January 2
Les Papilles— closed December 24 – January 2, open December 26, 27
Terroir Parisien— closed December 24-25, January 1


Le Chardenoux des Prés – closed December 24, 25
L’Epi Dupin – closed night of December 24- December 29, closed December 31- January 5
Fish La Boissonerie – closed December 22 – January 2
Le Timbre – closed December 24, 25, open December 26-31, closed January 1-5
Le Comptoir du Relais – closed December 24, 25, closed December 31-January 1
Semilla – closed December 24 – January 5
Ze Kitchen Gallerie – closed December 24-25 & 31, January 1


Brasserie Thoumieux – no annual closing
L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon – no annual closing
L’Arpège – no annual closing
Café Constant – no annual closing
L’Arpège –  closed December 27, 28
Chez l’Ami Jean – closed December 24-January 1
Davis Toutain – Closed December 25 & January 1
Treize – closed December 24-31


L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon – open every day except December 31
Lasserre – closed December 24 -29 open December 25, open December 31 & January 1 for dinner only
La Gaigne – closed December 24-27
Market – no annual closing
Pierre Gagnaire – closed December 23-26, January 1-6


Le Pantruche – closed December – January 5
La Maison Mère –closed December 24-25, closed January 31-1
Encore – closed December 23 – January 5
Caillebotte – open December 24 for lunch, closed from December 24- January 5
L’Office – closed night of December 24 – January 4


Abri – closed December 25 – January 2
Vivant Table – closed December 24 – January 5
Le Galopin – closed December 24 – January 5
Porte 12 – closed December 22-29, open December 30-31, closed January 1-2


Caffe dei Cioppi – closed December 20 – January 5
Chardenoux – closed December 24-25
Le Chateaubriand – closed December 22-26
Bones – closed December 21-January 7


Dersou – Closed for dinner on December 24, Closed December 25.


La Régalade – closed December 24 (dinner), 25, 31 (dinner) & January 1-4; Exceptionally open for lunch on December 22 & 29
Le Severo- closed December 24, 25, 31 & January 1


La Veraison – closed December 20 – January 6
La Niege D’Ete – closed December 22-25, Closed January 1
Le Quinzième – closed December 24, 25, 31
Jadis – closed December 24-27 & January 1


La Table Lauriston – closed December 24-25 & January 1


Coretta – closed December 24, 25, 31 & January 1
Guy Savoy – Closed December 23-25 & January 1
Gare au Gorille – closed December 24, 25 & 31
Roca – closed December 22-26


Guilo-Guilo – closed December 27 – January 3
Jeanne B – closed December 22 – January 13


Roseval– closed December 24 – January 5


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

Restaurants to celebrate Christmas Eve Dinner

Allard – 95euro/person special menu, not including drinks
Brasserie Thoumieux – standard menu as well as a special menu
David Toutain – 200euro/person special menu
Drouant  – Standard menu + 140euro/person special menu
Guilo-Guilo – standard menu available
L’Arpège – standard menu
Le Grand Colbert – standard menu available
Le Jules Verne – 290Euro/Person, 390Euro/Person with wine pairing
La Tour d’Argent— 150euro/person special menu
Le Meurice— 650euro/person special menu
Le Reminet – special items on the menu for the holiday season but no fixed-price menu
Market – standard menu available
Mon Vieil Ami—75Euro/Person special menu

Restaurants to celebrate Christmas Day Dinner

Brasserie Thoumieux – standard menu as well as a special menu
Drouant  – Standard menu + 140euro/person special menu
L’Arpège – standard menu
L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon— standard menu & tasting menu
Le Grand Colbert – Standard Menu
Le Reminet – special items on the menu for the holiday season but no fixed-price menu
Market – standard menu available
Mon Vieil Ami—75Euro/Person

Restaurants to celebrate New Year’s Eve Dinner

Allard – 130euro/person (w/o drinks) & 210euro/person (including drinks) special menus
Beaucoup – 115euro/person special menu
Brasserie Thoumieux – standard menu as well as a special menu
Le Chardenoux des Prés –100euro/person special menu
David Toutain – 200euro/person special menu
Derriere – 160euro/person special menu
Dersou –90euro/person special menu
Drouant – 160euro/person special menu
Glou – 98euro/person special menu
Jadis – 95euro/person special menu
Jean Francois Piege – special menu
L’Arpège – standard menu
L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon— standard menu & tasting menu
La Table Lauriston – 98euro/person special menu
La Tour d’Argent— standard menu available
Le Chateaubriand – 85euro/person special menu (110euro/person with wine)
Le Gaigne— 130euro/person special menu
Le Grand Colbert – 120-200euro/person special menu
Le Grand Vefour- 650euro/person special menu
Le Jaja – 100euro/person special tasting menu including a glass of champagne
Le Jules Verne – 600euro/person, 800euro/person with wine pairing special menu
Le Meurice— 1200euro/person special menu
Le Reminet – special items on the menu for the holiday season but no fixed-price menu
Market – special menu will be available
Mon Vieil Ami—85euro/person special menu
Pierre Gagnaire – 595euro/person menu, not including drinks
Roca – will have a special menu
Saturne – special menu
Terroir Parisien—90euro & 110euro/person special menus
Verjus – 250euro/person special menu, private room reservation for groups available.

Restaurants to celebrate New Year’s Day Dinner

Chardenoux – 100euro/person
Brasserie Thoumieux – standard menu as well as a special menu
Itinéraires— special menu 140euro/person
L’Arpège – standard menu
L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon— standard menu & tasting menu
Le Chardenoux des Prés – 100Euro/person without drinks
Le Grand Colbert – Standard menu
Le Grand Vefour – Standard menu available.
Le Reminet – special items on the menu for the holiday season but no fixed-price menu
Market – standard menu available

Best Brunch Bites in Paris

Not sure about you guys, but as fall and winter loom closer, we are in the market for places to withstand the temps and nourish our souls with some good old fashioned brunch.  We’ve done the work for you, here are some of our top picks as of late!


Le 37m2:

Tawainese food for brunch?  Seems a bit odd, but I have two words for you: bubble tea.  At their super cool location in Pigalle, Le 37m2 offers this unique tea which contains grains of tapioca and is blended with a number of sweet flavors.  They shake Continue reading

Auctions & Auction Houses in Paris

Auction houses  in Paris come in all shapes and sizes and handle everything from consignment sales to fine art auctions. The auction experience makes art and collectibles accessible to the broadest possible audience and offers a fresh way to discover, browse and buy premium pieces.  Here are some of the best auctions to find hidden gems and many unique pieces that you won’t find at traditional stores or even French markets:



Galerie Liova-Marc Perpitch:

This dealer specializes in Medieval, Renaissance and 15th Continue reading

The Best Flea Markets in Paris

In anticipation of the upcoming fall season, we decided to update our list of awesome markets in Paris.  Whether you’re looking for vintage clothes, fall ingredients for pumpkin pie, or florals to decorate your home, we checked out some of the coolest and most extensive markets in the city!


Les Puces de Saint Ouen:

What will you find at this enormous market you ask? Clothing, antiques, vintage pieces….and a bit of everything really!  This is one of Paris’ most famous markets, up in the north of the city.  You’ll find porcelain sculptures, musical instruments, furniture, bird cages, and even military uniforms from the Second World War.  Most of the sellers have a Continue reading

Passages Couvertes

We all know that Paris is beautiful with it’s Haussmannian architecture and luscious gardens.  But sometimes Paris’ beauty is hidden in places that you can only discover after a bit of poking around in the city.  One such source of exquisiteness are the passage couvertes–glass covered passages that were built to shield luxury shoppers from the rain.  Originally there were more than 100 passages couverts, but that number has dwindled to about 20.

Here are some of our favorite passages in Paris:

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne (4 rue des Petits Champs)

Ever since it’s opening in 1826, the Galerie Vivienne has been filled with tailor shops, shoemakers, wine shops, restaurants, bookstores, and print shops.  This green neoclassical Pompeian style passage is covered with elegant glass, which makes it one of the most prominent passages in the City of Lights! Continue reading

Festival Cinéma en Plein Air

Outdoor film festivals have become all the rage for Parisian summers. What better way to enjoy the fabulous weather and classic cinema, than beneath a blanket of stars with friends and picnics?! Better yet, at the Festival Cinema en Plein Air, all the movies are free!  Inspired by drive in movies, this summer festival is open to the public and showcases screenings in various locations.


With locations such as Saint Cloud, the terrace of Wanderlust, and the lawn at Villette, you’ll find a movie and venue sure to please everyone. Surrounded Continue reading

10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Tour de France

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Did you know….?

1. Twenty-two teams participate in the race, and each team is made up of nine cyclists, which comes out to 198 riders. Rules require that each team member be dressed identically: the same team shorts, jersey, socks, shoes, gloves, and Continue reading

Summertime Cocktails for a Parisian Party

With the fabulous weather rolling in for the summer months, you’ll want to be outside picnicking or on terraces as often as possible.  And what goes better with a picnic or summer terrace than a nice refreshing cocktail? Here at Savoir Faire, we’ve compiled summer cocktail recipes that are cool, refreshing, and are sure to brighten your summer.  Bring some along to your World Cup or Wimbledon viewing parties, your weekend at the countryside, or your Bastille Day festivities, and you’ll win some major brownie points with friends and family.  Don’t forget to include some classic French liquors, such as champagne, lillet, and pastis in those drinks of yours!


Lillet Rouge and Cherry Cocktail
4 bing cherries (pitted)
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Small Jewelry Boutiques in Paris

Sure we’ve all dreamed of getting a Cartier diamond or a Boucheron bracelet.   These are two famous French jewelry designers that everyone has heard of.  But for those of us that don’t quite have that sort of a budget, there are plenty of other cool jewelry shops in Paris that won’t break the bank.  Here are a few of our favorite places that offer original pieces and affordable prices without compromising style:


Matières à réflexion:

This boutique is awesome because they offer gorgeous rusted-out necklaces for layering, pendants and chains, all made by local designers.  Everything piece is beautiful Continue reading