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Celebrating Christmas in Paris Restaurants

As is true almost everywhere, Christmas is a holiday that locals celebrate en famille, preparing meals at home that feature seasonal treats like Champagne, sea scallops, roasted birds, truffles (if they can find one), foie gras, and the traditional bûche de Noël. The vast majority of Paris restaurants will be closed for Christmas (see our calendar of holiday closures), but a few will be open and serving holiday meals. We’ve rounded up the best options below and will continue to update this post in the weeks before Christmas.

Christmas Eve (Le Réveillon de Noël)

Expensive

  • Le Meurice – for 550€ not including drinks, the menu includes sea scallops, truffled sea bass, lobster, warm game pie, and desserts.
  • Senderens – for 308€ with wine or 223€ without wine, the menu includes carpaccio of sea scallops, duck foie gras with pears & toasted brioche, lobster wrapped in cabbage leaves with vanilla butter, pheasant suprême with truffle cream and pommes soufflées, plus several desserts.

Moderately Priced

  • L’Auberge du 15 – for 100€ (not including wine), the multi-course menu will include chestnut soup with truffles and toasted almonds, sea scallops with buttered and truffled scallops, suprême de volaille fermière (farm-raised chicken) with roasted foie gras and truffled mashed potatoes, and dessert.
  • Bar le Passage – for 95€ (not including drinks), the menu includes an amuse-bouche, lobster wrapped in cabbage leaves with vanilla butter, pheasant suprême with truffle cream and sunchokes, plus several desserts.starter of foie gras followed by pheasant with pear and spinach, a pumpkin dish, and several desserts.  This is the more casual bar above the restaurant Senderens (described above).
  • Chamarré Montmartre – for 85€ (not including drinks), the menu includes an oyster amuse-bouche, a first starter of wild mushroom velouté with truffle jus and foie gras raviolis, a tourte of wild duck, steamed sea bass with dashi and citrus caviar, poularde de Bresse, and a buche de Noël. Reservations via La Fourchette.
  • Au Clocher de Montmartre – for 65€ (including drinks) the menu includes a starter of foie gras with seasonal vegetables or velouté of pumpkin, Comté ravioli & truffle emulsion, followed by a main of sea bass or guinea hen, plus dessert.
  • Les Ombres – for 130€ per person including Champagne (but no other wine), the menu includes amuses bouche, starters of foie gras and sea bass, filet of beef with truffle sauce and several desserts, plus coffee, mineral water and an Eiffel Tower view. Reservations via La Fourchette.
  • Ciel de Paris – for 145€ (including Champagne throughout the meal) this panoramic restaurant will be serving foie gras, sea scallops, filet of beef, and dessert.
  • Les Cocottes will be open. No reservations.

Christmas Day (le jour de Noël)

  • Chamarré Montmartre – for 85€ (not including drinks), the menu includes an oyster amuse-bouche, a first starter of wild mushroom velouté with truffle jus and foie gras raviolis, a tourte of wild duck, steamed sea bass with dashi and citrus caviar, poularde de Bresse, and a buche de Noël. Reservations via La Fourchette.
  • L’Ateliers de Joël Robuchon Saint-Germain & Etoile will be open, but are not necessarily doing a special holiday meal. No reservations*.

* The Ateliers de Joël Robuchon accept reservations only for the first and last seatings, and these are surely already booked. Everything else is first come, first served.

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The 2011 Bûches de Noël

We’re counting down the days until Christmas with a new Bûche de Noël every morning. We’ve also created this Bûche It video for those who want to dance along.

Today’s Bûche du Jour:

Bûche December 25: Crispy dark chocolate praline with a mousse and ganache made from Madagascar chocolate (Millot) on a chewy almond cookie base.

SourcePierre Hermé (90€ for 10/12 people)

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Bûche December 24: “Le Sapin” with caramelized almonds, orange rinds and raisins, all covered in chocolate.

SourcePatrick Roger (35€ for a 14cm tree)

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Bûche December 23: “Bûche Empereur” with coffee and mandarine orange, Moka Sidamo coffee cream, and Périgord walnut cream on a chewy walnut cookie base.

SourcePain de Sucre (32€ for 4 people; 48€ for 6 people; 64€ for 8 people)

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Bûche December 21: The “Bûche Boule de Noël” is composed of pear cream and chestnut mousse on a chewy dark chocolate cookie base.

SourceLadurée (77€ for 6/8 people)

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Bûche December 22: “Letter to Santa” cake with almond dacquoise, Madagascar vanilla mousse and a chocolate praline heart. Gluten free!

Source: (78€ for 8 people)

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Bûche December 20: “La Bûche d’Yquem” is covered in gold leaf, scented with réglisse (licorice) and has a heart of dried apricot, lemon and hazelnut.

Source: Le Meurice (96€ for 5/6 people)

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Bûche December 19: “La Bûche Clémentine de Corse” with a crème brûlée scented with vanilla and clementine, enrobed by chestnut cream and decorated with clementine segments and candied clementine.

Source: Christophe Felder for the Publicis Drugstore (39€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 18: “Bûche Lenôtre par Sempé” A creamy almond dacquoise, raspberry jelly, crispy praline and chocolate mousse.

Source: (125€ for 8-10 people)

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Bûche December 17: “Buche Equinoxe” with light Bourbon vanilla cream and salted butter caramel on a speculoos cookie base.

Source: La Pâtisserie by Cyril Lignac (40€ for 6/8 people)

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Bûche December 16: “Bûche Léopard” with dark chocolate mousse from Ghana (68% cacao) and coffee crème brûlée.

SourceEric Kayser (48€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 15: “Snow Choc” with mango and candied lemon with whipped white chocolate cream covered in vanilla marzipan.

SourceFauchon (90€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 14: “Extrêmement Ludique” with salted butter caramel, caramel cream, and dark chocolate mousse on a cookie base, all enrobed in caramel glaçage.

SourceChristophe Roussel (22€ for 4 people; 33€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 13: “Monts et Merveilles” with praline mousse studded with caramelized hazelnuts, topped with hazelnut meringue.

SourceArnaud Lahrer (51€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 12: “Bûche Violette” with white chocolate and vanilla mousse perfumed by violet.

SourceDominique Saibron (24€ for 4 people; 47€ for 12 people)

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Bûche December 11: “Merveilleuse fruitée” with wild strawberry and a mousse of Madagascar chocolate.

SourceMichel Cluizel (54€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 10: The cake on the left features dark chocolate from Cuba, caramel panacotta, almond nougatine upon a chocolate hazelnut cookie base. The cake on the right has white chocolate, lime, and pistachio nougatine.

SourcePierre Marcolini (30€ for 4 people; 45€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 9: “Contes de Noël” by Christophe Michalak with Corsican mandarine marmalade and semi-sweet ganache on an almond cookie base, all wrapped in marzipan.

SourceLa Plaza Athénée (125€ for 8 people)

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Bûche December 8: “Ombre et Lumière” with pure Venezuelan (Sur Del Lago) chocolate mousse upon a chewy chocolate cookie base.

SourcePierre Hermé (125€ for 10/12 people)

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Bûche December 7: The “bûche drapée” has hazelnut dacquoise with both milk & dark chocolate mousse upon an almond cookie with cherry compote and raspberry gelée.

SourceJean-Paul Hévin (34€ for 6 people; 44€ for 8 people)

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Bûche December 6: Chestnut dacquoise with black current cream, chestnut paste & candied chestnuts

SourceDes Gateaux et du Pain (38€ for 4 people; 68€ for 8 people)

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Bûche December 5: “Voie Lactée” with hazelnut dacquoise, caramel & chocolate

SourceUn Dimanche à Paris (38€)

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Bûche December 4: “Infuzzz” with dark chocolate with chewy cookies and a compote with citrus and Bourbon vanilla

Source: Richart (30€ for 3/4 people; 40€ for 5/6 people)

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Bûche December 3: “Eclat d’or” with light marscapone cream, praline, chocolate rice krispies, & dark chocolate cream

Source: Dalloyau (72€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 2: “Magie de Paris” with 22 carat gold covering the dark chocolate Paris monuments. The cake inside the cage is dark chocolate mousse with Bourbon vanilla cream, cherry compote and sacher cookie on a base of marzipan with cherry pulp.

Source: La Maison du Chocolat (119€ for 6-8 people)

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Bûche December 1: “Bûche Or Noir” with an almond cookie base, caramelized hazelnuts, buckwheat scented dark chocolate mousse and caramelized pecan & vanilla mousse.

Source: Café Pouchkine (49€ for 6 people)

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