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Nov 4, 2012 07:27 AM

May Day chow.

This is our first trip to Paris and our first full day will be on May 1st. I am quite sure we will still be able to find lots to do and see. (Thinking of a Fat Tire bike tour, Notre Dame and/or Cimetière du Père Lachaise.) But it's my understanding most shops and restaurants close for this holiday.

Of course I am worried what we are going to eat! :-)

We are staying in the Marais close to the Seine. Other places I have looked at eating include Josephine Chez Dumonet, Le Regalade, Chez Paul, La Tartine (maybe they will be open?), Breizh Cafe. This is all *very* preliminary and will change. Just including so you can get an idea of what we like to eat.
Should I be worried about May Day eats? Any suggestions?

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  1. My rule of thumb is that restaurants are likely to be closed only if the holiday coincides with their normal closing days and that goes for the Fete National (July 14), May 1 and Toussaint but not Christmas eve or day or New Year's day.

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    1. re: John Talbott

      And as it is a Wednesday it is even more fluid as it is less likely to be rolled into a weekend. That said May 1st is Labiur Day do technically the "workers" holiday so may have more closures than other days. But as Parigi says far too early to tell.

      1. re: John Talbott

        I take the above all back.
        A few days ago, a dear friend, started trying to make a reservation at several places we both wanted to visit (she for a guidebook, me out of curiosity). And we discovered that a huge number of places were closed.
        So today, May 1st, 2013, several of us went to Charlot in the Place de Clichy for bouillabaisse which met the need. But on the way home i saw that both Le Cafe Qui Parle and Lui L'Insolite were open, so May 1st, 2014, that's where we'll be headed.
        Sorry if I steered anyone wrong.

        1. re: John Talbott

          Ô ciel, dear dear John, bouillabaisse, not bouillabaise, unless you mean a Boiled F#ck.

      2. "Josephine Chez Dumonet, Le Regalade, Chez Paul, La Tartine (maybe they will be open?), Breizh Cafe"
        One isn't even sure if they are open xmas-new year. You are planning too much ahead.

        1. Thanks John! We had no problems in the end :-) Had a late lunch at Eggs & Co and dinner at La Tartine.
          Eggs & Co is a little expensive, but one of our favorite lunches. My friend declared the eggs "the best she has ever had!" (And we eat a lot of eggs). Small, cramped space with very good service. Eggs, potato, salad, pancake, fruit, coffee, fresh OJ all included. A fun area to visit and wander around in.
          We really enjoyed Le Reminet. It gets mixed reviews here. We were seated in the cellar, which I liked. A little cooler and quainter. Our waiter worked with my poor French but was willing to use her English if needed. Everything was fresh, light and delicious. 40% off by booking on And then a pleasant walk home by Notre Dame.