There’s nothing like waking up in Paris on a Sunday and realizing that all the shops around you are closed. Don’t worry! There are still plenty of lively places both in and outside of Paris for you to explore on a Sunday.
Things to do in Paris on Sunday
Weekend brunch is a must while you are in Paris! It has definitely become a “thing.” While you can simply stop at any bistro or café, we recommend checking out La Becane A Gaston, Hollybelly 5, Eggs and Co, Zia, or So Nat. Don’t forget to sleep in for a couple extra hours before brunch, if you want to do Sundays like a local!
See a show
Whether you are interested in theater, comedy, or dance, Paris has a show for you! The National Opera of Paris offers operas, ballets, symphony concerts, chamber concerts, and more. Anything you chose to see is bound to be exquisite. The Theater in Paris is also a great place to explore and offers some plays with surtitles shown in English. The Moulin Rouge is also open on Sundays, if you want to enjoy a truly iconic Parisian experience.
Visit le Marais
Sunday is a perfect day to go explore the trendy le Marais district of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. While we recommend that you simply wander around and enjoy the vibe, there are a few highlights to look out for. Check out le Marché des Enfants-Rouges, which is the oldest covered market in Paris, Place des Vosges, and the Jewish quarter on Rue des Rosiers (don’t forget to try a falafel!). There is also great boutique and chain shopping in le Marais, if you want to pick up some memorable fashion pieces. Because le Marais is one of the few areas allowed to keep shops open on Sundays, it will be crowded with both tourists and locals.
Go to a flea market
Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, known to locals simply as Les Puces (The Fleas), is at Porte de Clignancourt in the 18th arrondissement. It is the largest antique market in the world and open on Sunday from 10am to 6pm. You can browse the market on a guided tour or guide yourself through the market using this map. While you are admiring the furniture and paintings of the market, be sure to watch out for your bags – Pickpockets are common here. If you like to pick up unique memorabilia during your trips, make Les Puces one of your things to do in Paris on Sunday!
Take a day trip
The Palace of Versailles, the Estate of Trianon, and the Gardens of Versailles are all open on Sunday. You can start exploring the Gardens as early as 8am, which makes Versailles a great Sunday day trip for early risers. You can also visit Claude Monet’s Giverny Gardens on Sundays. We recommend getting there at 9:15am or purchasing a skip-the-line ticket to avoid unpleasant waiting. If you book a private tour, you will also get to skip the line. Be careful when visiting other small towns on Sundays, as many shops and restaurants will be closed.
Go to a wine bar
We recommend going to at least one wine bar during your stay in Paris! Despite their title, wine bars tend to offers small plates of food, meats, and cheeses. Le Baron Rouge in the 12th arrondissement is open on Sundays from 10am-4pm, so consider stopping in for a midday snack. Be sure to try their fresh oysters and rillettes! L’Avant-Comptoir, a tiny gastropub and tapas bar located in the 6th arrondissement is also open on Sundays from 12pm-11pm. This bar has no seating, but you won’t even realize that you’re on your feet once you start trying their delicious plates and natural wines!
We hope that list of things to do in Paris on Sunday has assured you that the City of Lights has a lot to offer, even on its beloved day of rest. Don’t despair if you find yourself spending a Sunday in Paris. Instead, embrace and enjoy the laidback Sunday culture.