Easter Sunday in Paris is pretty exciting. It's not your ordinary religious holiday. Apart from going to church, praying with the family, and the like, most people have lots of fun during Easter Sunday. They play games, host parties, and more. In fact, they have so much fun that they even leave the next day, Easter Sunday, free as well. And here in Paris, there are a few places where the holiday party is a lot more exciting than anywhere else. They include Sainte-Chapelle, the Paris Zoo, and the Louvre, among many others. And here's why you ought to spend Easter Sunday in these places.
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There are lots of reasons why you ought to visit Sainte-Chapelle on Sunday, specifically, Easter Sunday. The chapel is among the most beautiful Gothic structures in the country, arguably even more striking than the iconic Notre Dame. From the outside, its majesty holds no bounds. But from the inside? You'll really feel like you're in heaven already! Sainte-Chapelle houses one of the most beautiful church interiors in the world, which is why it's a great place for concerts. Especially on Easter Sunday. On this annual holiday, Sainte-Chapelle hosts a special concert complete with champagne and tapas. It's a solemn yet celebratory event you wouldn't want to miss!
St Joseph's Church
Let's not forget that Easter Sunday is still very much a religious holiday. It's the day when Jesus Christ rose from the dead after three days, making it just as, if not more important than Christmas Day. So for all of you who are Roman Catholic, you ought to hear mass on Easter Sunday. And for those who can't speak and understand French, the best English-speaking church
to go to is St Joseph's Church on Avenue Hoche, located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris
. This place of worship always hears English masses, welcoming all Roman Catholics from different parts of the world.
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Parc Zoologique de Paris
Parc Zoologique de Paris, more commonly known as the Paris Zoo, is a great place for families. Parents can take their little ones to see all of the different animals here, letting them pet the tame critters and marvel at the wilder ones. And on Easter Sunday, the Paris Zoo holds its annual Easter Egg hunt. Kids aged 3 to 7 can run around all over the 36 acres of the zoo, looking for eggs so that they can win fabulous prizes. And the fun doesn't stop there! More than just the egg hunt, the Paris Zoo also puts up an 'egg museum' where kids can learn all about them.
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Parc André Citroën
If you're not too keen on letting your children go on an Easter Egg hunt surrounded by animals that might scare them, you can always go to Parc André Citroën in the 15th arrondissement of Paris
. This event features a whopping 40,000 hidden chocolate eggs, all hidden within this beautiful 35-acre public park. And apart from just the Easter Egg hunt, the park also hosts a ton of other fun events for the holiday, including games, a dance party, arts & crafts workshops, and more. Tickets only go for €5.00 each for just the egg hunt, but if you want your little ones to join the other events, that'll cost you €14.00 each.
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Au Petit Tonneau
There's always that age-old question, especially in a food capital like Paris—'where do you eat?
' While your kids indulge in the chocolates and candies hidden in their colorful Easter Eggs, what about you adults? What sort of French Easter food will you eat on this holiday? And where will you enjoy your Easter Sunday feast? One great option is Au Petit Tonneau, an upscale bistro on Rue Surcouf. While it's not exactly a Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris
, the place is known for its seasonal dishes. And every year, they serve up a special lunch menu on Easter Sunday. Though it changes year after year, they often include traditional favorites duck legs with honey sauce, veal blanquette, and more.
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Another great place for your Easter Sunday feast is Eggs&Co, a chic brunch place
on Rue Bernard Palissy. As you already know, the Easter egg is practically the symbol of the holiday—commercially speaking, anyway—so it makes sense if you crave all sorts of egg-ladened dishes. Fortunately, this place is all about eggs, serving up a menu that goes beyond omelets and sunnyside-ups! And just like Au Petit Tonneau, Eggs&Co also offers special Easter Sunday menus for the holiday. Just make sure to call ahead because the place is so small that they can barely accommodate all walk-ins!
Is Paris open on Sunday? Most of the time, yes! But is it open on Easter Sunday? It's important to remember that Easter Sunday is a national holiday
, which means that most of the city's popular attractions are closed. However, there are a few that stay open and one of them is the famous Louvre museum. While others are celebrating the holiday in their luxury homes
with their families, going on picnics, joining Easter Egg hunts, and more, you can take this chance to see what is perhaps the most famous gallery in the world.
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The Banks of The Seine River
Finally, if you want to spend a more relaxed Easter Sunday, you can always spend time on the banks of the Seine River. Especially when it's just you and your significant other! As cliché it sounds, the riverside banks are commonly at their most peaceful during holidays like Easter Sunday. Crowds are more likely gathered in parks, filling up restaurants, and the like. It's highly possible that the area by the Seine River is like a ghost town, perfect for when you just want to sit back, relax, and enjoy each other's company. What's not to love?
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Don't know where to spend your Easter Sunday in Paris? Don't worry! There are lots of places where you can spend time with your family, hang out with friends, and simply have a good time during this happy holiday.