Whether Easter is a religious occasion in your family or a moment to share delicious meals and chocolate eggs, celebrating Easter in Paris can be genuinely fun, especially with the invigorating arrival of Spring in the city of lights. To help you celebrate Easter with panache, I've compiled a list of places to shop and dine, in addition to special events in Paris. Do keep in mind that most shops and many restaurants are closed on Easter Sunday, and on the following Monday as well, which most people have off from work.
Chocolate and Sweets
For most people, no Easter would be complete without chocolate. Luckily, Paris boasts some of the finest chocolate makers in the world, and Easter is a major occasion for these artisans and cocoa experts to show off their talents. Hit Fauchon (Metro Madeleine) for particularly spectacular chocolate Easter eggs, chickens and bells (in France there is no Easter Bunny-- a flying bell from Rome instead expedites goodies to children)-- and other concoctions. Patrick Roger's boutique on Boulevard St Germain is also usually host to some spectacular Easter creations fashioned out of cocoa. If you're on a tighter budget, try supermarkets around the city like Monoprix, which usually are bursting with more reasonably priced, but often unique, Easter-time chocolate and sweets.
Eating out at Easter
As mentioned above, many restaurants will be closed on Easter Sunday and Monday, making eating out a bit of a headache. However, there are some restaurants serving up special meals (particularly lunches and brunches on the Monday following Easter). Here are a few (always reserve ahead and check opening times):
- La Tradition
2, RUE DE BUDAPEST
Tel: 33 (0)1 48 74 37 33
- Le First
Traditional Easter Brunch
A concept restaurant where eggs are the star ingredient. Egg-loathers abstain! Special Easter menus available-- reserve ahead.
11, Rue Bernard Palissy
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 44 02 52
Religious Services on Easter Sunday
- Notre Dame de Paris
Catholic service with Easter prayers, Gregorian chants (Easter Sunday); several Easter services (in French, Easter Monday)
- The American Church in Paris (Protestant/interdenominational)
Other Ideas for Celebrating Easter in Paris
- Best Paris Parks and Gardens (organize a mini Easter-egg hunt)