Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > France >
Apr 7, 2013 08:25 AM

Paris restaurants open on May 1?

Hi, we arrive in Paris at 8:30AM on May 1, which is Labor Day in Europe. We are staying in an apartment in the 1st not too far away from the Louvre, about a block from the Monoprix.
We know that most restaurant and shops are shuttered closed that day, partly because of the labor demonstrations, which begin in Tuilleries and the Garnier area.

Is there anyone that knows of any casual bistros that would be open on May 1 for an early dinner?
We have heard that Café Marly is open that day, but we are looking for something a bit more casual.
How about a small shop where we could pick up some milk, juice, bread, yogurt on May 1 close to our apartment.
. Monoprix is closed.
Thanks in advance for your help.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. You're doing the right thing by telephoning, but I am always suprised how many places are open on holidays (even July 14) if it's not their weekly closing day.
    If all else fails there's always a brasserie.

    2 Replies
    1. re: John Talbott

      Chez Flottes, on rue Cambon, once called Brasserie Flottes, is quite ok. If you sit in the bar area there will be no pressure to order a full meal, and they serve throughout the day.

      1. re: John Talbott

        I just looked in the archives and I was able to book and go to every place I desired on May 1st's in the past; Semilla last year for example.
        So take heart.
        However May is a tricky month with May 1, 8, 9 and 20 being holidays of one sort or another so one must be on guard.

      2. I think the Franprix chain is open in the morning on the FĂȘte du Travail. Dunno which would be closest to you but do a google search.

        Usually the big parade from Denfert-Rochereau to the Bastille and the PS march to Nation just tie up parts of the Latin Quarter and eastern Paris. But now right wing groups organize their own demos in the central and western sections of the Rive Droite. So transport chaos and unpredictability. Fortunately, it's mostly confined to the afternoon and early evening.

        1. Thank you all so very much for your help. I made a reservation at Chez Flottes
          Franprix is not open that day.