Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

The French word of the day: “Pause déjeuner”


I bet our “pause déjeuner “(lunch break) is far longer than yours. Don’t be surprised to read this on shops’ doors, even the busiest and most touristic streets of town. Parisian usually go for lunch by 1ish and forget the time.. to be back around 3. We take lunch pretty seriously and usually pretend we have a business one.

Yes, a couple of hours of lunch break, but at least our shops usually stay open till 6 or even 7PM.

(Btw, if you really want to play it like a real Parisian, don’t say “déjeuner”. We love to pretend we are super busy, so we shorten some words into 2 syllabus max. So déjeuner becomes “déj”).

On se fait un dej bientôt?


15 comments on “The French word of the day: “Pause déjeuner”

  1. amommasview
    March 19, 2015

    Oh it’s for sure longer than here and so much nicer 😉

    • estelea
      March 19, 2015

      GMOs free; and fresh baguette on the table, of course! Cheers 🙂

      • amommasview
        March 19, 2015


      • estelea
        March 22, 2015

        Indeed 🙂 Cheers from Rüstiland 😉

      • amommasview
        March 22, 2015

        Oh! Enjoy! Hope the weather is nice?

      • estelea
        March 24, 2015

        Beyond all my expectations. Just posted a few picts….

  2. Madhu
    March 19, 2015

    This makes me want to be in Paris NOW!

    • estelea
      March 19, 2015

      Just tell me which color of wine, will make sure the table is ready when you arrive 😉

  3. Amy
    March 20, 2015

    It reminded me that Italians take long lunch hours too. 🙂

    • estelea
      March 22, 2015

      With the Italian delicious food, I would also need more time to digest 😉 La Dolce Vita!

  4. trablogger
    March 22, 2015

    now I know what is fashionably late 😉

    • estelea
      March 22, 2015

      That’s very French I must say. You should not expect a Parisian to be on time at a diner at your place or a party. We always make it 15′ later and blame it on the traffic 😉 for us, if you come at 8 sharp (if you told us to come by this time), it means that we are so hungry we would not waste a minute! Totally different in Switzerland. If you are 5mn late, you are already late and rude…

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