Paris (and London, Amsterdam, Bruges, and Brussels ) in September

For Sunday lunch after your Louvre visit, assuming you want to stay within easy walking distance, Aux Crus de Bourgogne in the second should fit your dining requirements. It also has outdoor seating should the weather be nice. La Robe et Le Palais would be another option. I used to recommend Baltard au Louvre, but a couple of visits this year were disappointing and have led me to suspect that they may be having problems finding sufficient staff.

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Thank you! I don’t know how current it is, but I was able to find a menu on line. I know I have Robe et Le Palais on my list to check out, but I don’t know how far I’ve gotten.

Loup is across from Baltard au Louvre, has burgers on the menu, really good frites (not from frozen), and I had a totally serviceable lunch there, not fancy, in late March with no reservation, if you get stuck.

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Just send instructions to your hotel concierge and let them make the rezzies for you.

And a lot of us European speak English, especially in the tourism industry. All you need to do is learn a few stock phrases on YouTube and never forget to greet waiters, shop workers, bus drivers, taxi drivers, etc etc with a cheery and properly pronounced “bonjour” (before 5pm) or “bonsoir” after 5pm. And don’t expect waiters, etc to become your new best friend like in the USA… respectful politeness and a certain formality with strangers are the norm in France. And no tipping please… France, Belgium, and the Netherlands are no tipping cultures. The UK is an exception.

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For lunch after the Louvre, another suggestion (if the weather is good): Maison-Maison, a riverside resto on the lower quai of the Quai du Louvre just off the Pont-Neuf… The modern French/ Med cuisine could be a wee bit challenging for Mr Lowest Common Denominator but the younger ones will love the trendy ambiance and buzz. All will enjoy the Seine-side setting. https://www.maisonmaison.fr/

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It appears that La Robe et Le Palais is not currently open on Sundays, another casualty of the labor shortage.

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What is your typical pour boire ? Just rounding up?

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