Paris, Champagne, Alsace & Burgundy
My husband and I are heading to France at the end of the month and would love any input about the 4 areas we will be visiting. We love to eat and enjoy wine and would appreciate any suggestions people had for places that they would highly recommend that we visit. We stay for two weeks and are spending 2 nights in Paris and dividing the rest between Reims & Epernay, Nancy & Strausburg & finally Burneau. We will be driving so distance from our "home base" is not a problem.
My wife forced me to take her to a dinner on a bateaux mouche, and I thought it would be a terrible meal considering the circumstances. I chose Bateaux Parisiens, and didn't regret it because it was one of the best experiences of our trip. It's touristy, but great fun, and well worth a return visit.
My wife and I had the tasting menu at L'Assiette Champenoise in Reims, and it was one of the best meals I'd ever had. The dishes weren't contrived and almost everything was well thought and perfectly executed.
You can read the details of our trip here.
Enjoy your trip.
Sorry, I won't be able to give you street names, but in Nancy
a) the market right off of the walking street is a wonderful place to get food. There are a couple of eateries there, or you could pick and choose from the many local vendors for a picnic.
b) If you are facing the Place Stanislaus standing at the front door of the tourist office, you will see some bistros on your left. These are ok. If you walk through the Place, and exit in the middle on the opposite side there is an archway. Just before the archway is a small street. Go up this and you will be pleasantly surprised to find loads of good food. Take your choice.
c) Finally, On the walking street, you must try Royal Stanislaus Chocolatier. We have been going there since we moved to Europe, and we find their chocolates to be some of the best. They make a fleur de sel caramel chocolate that is fantastic. They are famous for their Buergamont, but this may not be to everyones liking.
d) In Strasbourg don't miss the Museum of Everyday Things, and then cross to the island(sorry the name escapes me) for some great Alsatian food in one of the many restos there.
Auberge de L'Ill, Illhausern (just north of Colmar), is one of the finest restaurants on this planet. Simple as that.