Sunday Lunch in France

Nutmeg is writing this post on a rainy Sunday afternoon while Ginger is napping off the effects of a long Sunday lunch.

It is a long tradition in France that stores are closed Sunday afternoon, allowing everyone the opportunity to have a leisurely lunch en famille.


Today, large groceries chains are open Sunday mornings, but there was a time before supermarkets (just imagine) when only small purveyors were the only option. By 13:00, all stores (large or small) tend to be closed, and a non-rushed meal can be enjoyed with friends and family.

What might a Sunday lunch look like?

Roast chicken – selected from the Boucherie and mushrooms in season.

Roast Chicken

Aix - Place Richelme

Bread – freshly baked that morning.


Cheese – A cheese course as endless choices exist in France.

Cheese selection

A sweet treat like tarte aux pommes.

Tarte aux pommes

A glass or two of wine, and a meal surrounded by hearty discussion, a lovely tradition.

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