Like most European cities, Paris winds down on a Sunday. You’ll notice a difference as the streets are quieter and shop fronts are boarded up for a day of rest. But not everywhere. There are still some great things to do in Paris on Sunday if you are staying over the weekend. From Sunday brunching, to walking in the park, you certainly won’t be twiddling your thumbs on the day of Sabbath.
A Paris Brunch
It’s no doubt the French love their food and the craze of brunch in Paris likewise swept the city. It’s the best way to start a lazy Sunday. We recommend Coquelicot, in Montmartre, and authentic bakery offering an organic and locally sourced menu 7 days a week. One of the more popular places in Paris – book a week in advance! – is La Chambre aux Oiseaux with décor like your gran’s front room it promises a quirky homeliness with lip-smacking crusty breads, fresh fruit, savoury options and a desert!
Jewish Quarter – Marais
The Jewish Quarter is one of the most bustling areas in Paris on a Sunday, and some say it’s the best time to visit. It’s one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Paris, dating back to the Medieval times, and comes with buckets of character. With narrow cobbled streets, boutiques, restaurants and bars it’s a great area to go on a quiet Sunday as the area never sleeps. It’s also home to some of the best falafel in Paris, so if you’re not full up from brunch you can’t pass up an opportunity to try some.
Visit a Market
Paris is home to one of Europe’s biggest flea markets, Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen, open on a Sunday until 6pm. Here you’ll find all manner of things on sale, from antiques to bric-a-brac. If you’re a bargain hunter, you’ll certainly be kept entertained, or if you just want to browse there are thousands of traders in a seven-hectare space, welcoming over 180,000 visitors each weekend! The markets have become so popular that restaurants and cafes have set up shot too, to keep you well fed!
Paris parks don’t shut on a Sunday so you can get some leisurely exercise and take in the urban beauty while strolling around some of the most famous green spaces in Paris. Jardin de Luxembourg is an impressive 25-hectare park and a hotspot for both locals and visitors alike. With manicured lawns, fountains and flowers it’s a stunning backdrop for a Sunday stroll. Alternatively, there’s Jardin des Tuileries by the Louvre, or Le Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil a steamy tropical glasshouse filled with exotic plants, birds and carp.
Not all of Paris shuts down on Sundays – most of the top museums and attractions are still open. Sightseeing is one of the best things to do in Paris on Sunday, why not visit the Louvre and see the iconic Mona Lisa (open 9am-6pm) or go wine tasting and learn about the colours, flavours and smells from some of the best sommeliers. You could even stroll down the River Seine and take in views over the Musée d’Orsay and Notre Dame, too.
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