Sunday is a special day in France, where families come together to enjoy quality time. As such, many restaurants and stores close their doors on Sunday and Monday for two days of rest. It's important to plan ahead if you're visiting France on a Sunday, as food stores will remain open, but boutiques and other shops are unlikely to be open. If you're visiting France on a Sunday, make sure to buy everything you need on Saturday.
French stores usually open in the morning and close for lunch for up to three hours. Fabrice Le Bourdat, a former pastry chef at the three Michelin star restaurant Le Bristol, advises that if you miss lunch during these hours, you may have to wait until 8 p.m. for restaurants to reopen. Museum hours also vary in France, with some open all day and others closing at lunchtime.
It's essential to take into account typical opening hours in France when planning your trip, as many shops and restaurants close in the middle of the day. In the Marais district, many shops and restaurants are closed from Friday at dusk to Saturday at dusk due to the Jewish Saturday, so Sundays are usually open. The art world of New Orleans is also represented in the French Quarter and surrounding galleries, with local artists selling their products.