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Monday arrival in Paris (is everything closed??)

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in the past we arrive on a Monday in Paris to find many restaurants closed.
Staying on Rue Verneuil (6/7th). Any suggestions for a jet lagged couple. Will be eating at Le Timbre, Aux Lyonnais and L'Ami Jean later in the week.

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  1. It's been far too long since I've been in Paris, but the street name caught my eye as we stayed in a little hotel there. There's a Vietnamese restaurant on that street called Tan Dinh, that was wonderful, and appears to be open on Mondays. Great wine list, was cash only when I went. I'm sure local hounds will chime in w/ other ideas - and whether this place is still good.

    http://www.parishotels.com/restaurant...

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Some small bistrots are closed on Monday, yes. But you can always head down to Montparnasse where you'll find lots of busy brasseries on Blvd. Montparnasse open every day. I suggest La Rotonde (M°: Vavin). You will find a brasserie the best option, since you can have a bite at almost any hour which will be convenient since you'll be kind of jet lagged (as you say) the first day.
      http://www.rotondemontparnasse.com/an...

      Another option is walk over to Place de l'Ecole Militaire and have a bite in one of the café/brasseries there.

      Also, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés lots of places will be open, but some not until dinner time.

      1. re: MMRuth

        Saw this report on Tan Dinh - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/51110... - not so great - wanted to make sure you saw it.

        1. re: MMRuth

          On our last visit to Tan Dinh, three dishes were superb and one was a miss (too long in the fridge is my guess). The chef/owner is not the most friendly fellow either; but they won't press you to order a full meal. Try Le Bistro De Paris, on rue Lille. It's open for lunch only on Mondays and they don't close at 2:30, like most bistros. Prix-fixe is 14E; a good deal.

          1. re: Oakglen

            Is the father still there? I remember years ago how kind and friendly he was - helpful w/ wine selection, and so gracious with a young American couple who seemed to me to be students and were a bit at sea with what to order etc.

      2. I looked into a similar thing for my Paris trip last year and I believe Brasserie Balzar (on rue des Ecoles) is open everyday from 8am - midnight (that is what it currently says on their website).

        http://www.brasseriebalzar.com/en/

        1. May I suggest the old fashioned and enjoyable Aux Charpentiers on rue, Mabillon which is close to you and open every day. I think the address is 10. Do not make the horrible mistake that I did, and walk into the vile Italian restaurant next door. Nuff said.

          1. Mondays can be a bit tough. Not TOO far from you is Tante Marguerite. Pretty good food. Burgundian. Reasonable prices.