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Jun 12, 2014 12:13 PM

Lunch after 2 near Eiffel Tower...and on a Monday yet!?

I just purchased tickets for a 12:30 Behind the Scenes tour on a Monday--the only time the entire week we are in Paris that was available. But this kind of messes us up for lunch, as it is finished at 2, when most places close for lunch. Is there anywhere not terrible near the Tour Eiffel that is open continuously all day? At first I thought Cafe Constant, but while it says "open all day" it seems that from 2:30 on its just drinks only--not sure we'd get there by 2:30.

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  1. I should add that we don't need a full lunch, a nice wine bar with small plates/charcuterie/cheese would be fine.

    1. This isn't the most gourmet option. But we were just near the tower and hungry - we just happened into a place called la Campanella (pretty sure it has a few locations - we were just east) and had a very enjoyable, easy meal. The menu was a bit "old school" but we liked that and there were many things on the menu that we would have ordered until most of the places around there for lunch. Just a thought.

      1. I say "Au Dernier Métro" on bd. de Grenelle -- don't expect fancy Constant, but good, solid, simple food. Serves all day and late at night, every day.

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        1. Quite agree with Au Denier Métro... but over a km from Eiffel Tower so depends on what's on your agenda for the rest of the day.

          For something quicker and a bit closer to Eiffel Tower, Carette on the place du Trocadéro... and fab pastries.... it's labelled as a salon de thé but also does a great line of salads etc and a few hot dishes.

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          1. re: Parnassien

            Thanks for these suggestions. Au Dernier Metro looks perfect but it does seem a bit far in the opposite direction from where we'd likely go afterwards (not 100% set on plans, but one possibility was heading to the Grand Palais for the Mapplethorpe exhibit.) Perhaps it would be best to eat somewhere in that area--maybe even Minipalais as I see it serves all day long.

            But it may depend how starving we are when we come down from the tower...may not want to wait to eat!

            1. re: jinx

              If the Grand Palais is your next stop, I'd hop on the #42 bus on the odd-number side of avenue de La Bourdonnais @ quai Branly (2 mins from Eiffel Tower) to the Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau stop (2 min walk to Grand Palais) for nosh at Mini-Palais or the courtyard café of the Petit Palais... much quicker and easier than métro or walking.

              1. re: Parnassien

                Thanks Parnassien that's a great tip--we plan to take mostly busses anyway--sounds like this may be our best/easiest option.

              2. re: jinx

                Yup, the Minipalais on the terrace now is the best bet.