During the decade we’ve been writing about this, we’ve seen a trend toward shortened summer holidays. Restaurants in 2010 were likely to close for a full summer month, but in 2019 there were so many restaurants staying open that we wondered whether a post like this was even necessary.
The pandemic has reversed this trend. In 2021, the majority of restaurants are closing for a full three weeks, with the majority reopening around August 24. This makes sense: Paris restaurants across the board are short staffed and exhausted. More importantly, while tourism has rebounded, there aren’t enough visitors to fill a dining room when all the locals are on holiday.
And so we celebrate the restaurants who are open to welcome us, and we wish bonnes vacances to everyone taking a much-needed break! If you do find yourself hungry in August, our food and wine tours are still going strong, and we’d be more than happy to feed you.