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Paris closing days and public holidays closures

Living Paris like a local also means taking notes about closing days and public holidays closures. If you stay in Paris for more than a few days, read more than the basics!

Every country has its rules coming to closing days. In Paris, even if the closing day is usually Sunday, there are variations.


Paris closing days

  • Paris shops and stores are must stay closed on Sundays, according to the state regulations. Shops and malls in the most touristic areas open anyways, even if for limited hours only.


  • Banks are closed on Sundays too.


  • The closing day of museums in Paris is Tuesday. Actually, it is the museum closing day in France. The closing day of the city-owned museums is Monday.


  • Paris restaurants closing days and opening hours. In Paris, lunch is usually served from noon to 2 pm and dinner from 7.30 pm. The most crowded hours are from 8 to 9. Parisian usually go to eat very least because of the standard job hours. They usually go to work from 10 to 6 pm, instead of 9 to 5.



Public holidays closures in Paris

During the Paris holidays, shops, supermarkets, restaurants are usually closed, while museums and attractions stay open – except on 1 January, 14 July, and Xmas.

Paris holidays closures:

  • The crypte of the Notre-Dame Cathedral;
  • Paris catacombs;
  • The following museums: Musée d’Art MOderne de la ville de Paris; Musée Jean Moulin, Nusée Carnavalet, Musée Bourdelle; Maison de Balzac, Maison de Victor Hugo, Musée de la Vie Romantique, Musée Clemenceau, Musée Cernuschi, Musée Zadkine, Musée du Compagnonnage.


Paris public holidays are on

  • January 1, New Years’
  • May 1, May Day
  • May 8, Victory in Europe Day
  • July 14, Bastille Day
  • November 1, All Saint’s Day
  • November 11, Armistice Day
  • December 25, Christmas
  • December 26, St. Stephen’s