Many French, indeed many European, businesses, close for August. This makes getting food problematic in Paris, because even restauranteurs like to get out of the hot city in August. Of recent years, for many Paris restaurants, the August vacation has become 3 weeks, not the whole month, and some enterprising chefs have figured out that if staff takes vacation a week or so early, a business opportunity is created for the rest of the summer. And the lovely people at parisbymouth.com have summed it all up, which restaurants are open this summer, day by day, at
which I post out of concern for parents and academics whose travel time is limited to times when school or camp is not in session. Well, summer times. For winter vacay or spring break, you're on your own.
It's a nice assortment of types of restaurant and price range, too. Some are splurges - how often do you get to Paris, after all? and some are just nice places for dinner at the end of a hot day of standing on line and walking on sidewalks. Who deserves it more than you?