Jetlag in Paris


Jetlag can make your first day, or first two days in Paris difficult, especially if you’re flying from west to east. There are different schools of thought about how one should handle the first day. Some people insist you should stay awake as long as possible. I tend to encourage guests to get some rest soon after they arrive. Even if you end up loosing a few hours on the first day, the good part of being in Paris in the summer months are the long hours of daylight. Parks don’t close until sunset. Several museums including the Louvre and the Musee du Quai Branly are open at least one night out of the week. Parisian dinners rarely begin before 9 pm and the clubbing scene doesn’t get started until well after midnight.

Try to leave your first day in Paris relatively open so you’ll have ample time to recover from jet-lag. If you’re arriving for business, it would be helpful to have one advance day to sleep in.
Waking up at weird hours is only half the problem with jet lag – the other problem is hunger – or lack of hunger at normal eating hours. This can be tricky in France where many restaurants have specific lunch hours (normally 12 noon to 2:30 or 3 pm at the latest).

Fortunately Paris has options to the traditional lunch. Between 3 pm and 6 pm, you can try out a Salon du The. These tea salons usually serve much more than tea. One example ls Le Pain Quotidien, a chain of rustic designed bakery/tea salons which service organic breads, fresh salads, quiche and soups.

The branch we tried out is located on the Place Marche St. Honore, Metro: Tuileries. You’ll need to cross over to Rue St. Honore from Rue de Rivoli and continue across Rue St. Honore until you reach the Place Marche St. Honore (which as its name implies has a Wednesday market in the middle of the square. Le Pain Quotidien is located just to your right when you enter the square.

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Some people deal with jet lag better than others but I think there must be some truth a recent study saying that it takes approximately the same number of days as hours of time change to readjust to a new time zone. For example, if you’re flying from New York, it would theoretically take you six days to completely recover from jet lag.

I’m not sure I’ve ever recovered from jet lag and I’ve been here for a long time.

Le Pain Quotidien
18 Place du Marche St Honore
75001 Paris
Metro: Tuileries
Open 7 days a week.
Brunch 8 am to 5 pm.

Other branches:
Paris Marais
18-20 Rue des Archives
75004
Metro: St. Paul

Paris Montorgueil
2 rue des Petits Carreaux
75002
Metro: Etienne Marcel

Paris Varenne
25 Rue de Varenne
75004
Metro: Varenne