Opening Hours

Most shops, businesses, information services, museums and banks in Paris stay open all day. The exceptions are the smaller shops and enterprises, which may close for lunch sometime between 12.30pm and 2pm. Basic hours of business are from 8 or 9am to 6.30 or 7.30pm Monday to Saturday for the big shops and Tuesday to Saturday for smaller shops (some of the smaller shops may open on Monday afternoon). You can always find boulangeries and food shops that do stay open, however, on days when others close – on Sunday normally until noon.

Restaurants, bars and cafés often close on Sunday or Monday. It’s common for bars and cafés to stay open to 2am, and even extend hours on a Friday and Saturday night, closing earlier on Sunday. Restaurants won’t usually serve after 10pm, though some brasseries cater for night owls and serve meals till the early hours. Most small businesses, including some hotels, take a holiday between the middle of July and the end of August.

Museums open between 9 and 10am and close between 5 and 6pm. Summer times may differ from winter times; if they do, both are indicated in the Listings of the Guide. Summer hours usually extend from mid-May or early June to mid-September, but sometimes they apply only during July and August, occasionally even from Palm Sunday to All Saints’ Day. Don’t be caught out by museum closing days – usually Monday or Tuesday and sometimes both. Churches and cathedrals are almost always open all day, with charges only for the crypt, treasuries or cloister.

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