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Jul 22, 2006 09:11 PM

Lunch with Granddaughter in Paris

I'm trying to find a fun place to take my granddaughter while on our one day trip to Paris. I only know grown up places!! She's an adventurous eater from the States, and I'd like something she'll remember and enjoy. Her father will have to listen to his mother this time.

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  1. I was thinking she might like Hotel du Nord on the Canal St. Martin. How old is she? My niece and nephew who live in London and have been travelling to Paris since they were very small loved and still love L'Entrecote- La Venise and Le Rotisserie d'en Face. If you want to give her a fairy tale dinner, how about Laserre or Ledoyen.

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    1. re: faijay

      What I'm afraid of, faijay, is that we'll just end up eating 'someplace' because we're in a certain area at lunchtime. It's just a daytrip and I know how those things turn out. I guess for my 9 year old granddaughter, anyplace will be new and exciting in Paris. She wants a 'real' eclair.. a girl after my own heart. Btw.. we were very disappointed with my old reliable, Rotisserie D'en Face when we were there in March. Maybe I'm getting jaded or it was an off night.

      1. re: zuriga1

        If you are going to the Musee D'Orsay, the cafe there would be terrific for lunch since you are surrounded by art. Sorry to hear that about Rotisserie, I haven't been for a couple of year or more, but it was a must visit from the early nineties.

        For a girl who loves eclairs--maybe she should also be introduced to macarons at Laduree. There are several branches so that would be a nice one for lunch.

        Have fun creating a memory of Paris for your granddaughter.


    2. It would help to know what your plans are for that one day trip. With such little time, you will not want to cross the city for a specific resto. And with only one day, I wouldn't want to spend 3 hours or more in a high end place, but rather explore a nice part of the city.

      I'd first make a rough plan of the day (or does your granddaughter choose??) and then pick a place in the neighbourhood you plan to be around lunch time.

      Also, what day of the week and when exactly will you be here. Lots of restos, especially small neighbourhood bistrots will close down for some time in August.

      1. Thanks, everyone. So far we have no plan, but will. I'm sure we'll try to find something in one of our 'must' locations rather than travel just to eat somewhere specific. It will be August, on a Thursday, so a museum cafe might be perfect... Louvre near the shops or the D'Orsay.

        1. The museum resto at the Musée d'Orsay is pretty much ok. Not to be confused with the café (which is nice, too, BTW).

          Near the Louvre, you can always go to Café Marly.
          Also, Le Fumoir is pretty trendy and good for a snack. If it's really boiling hot, I'd go for something light anyway. you can always stop at some famous patisserie later and grab something to satisfy your sweet tooth.

          There are a couple of pretty nice hidden bistrots near the d'Orsay, but I fear some might be closed in August (especially the week of August 15, which is a holiday).

          1. If you have your heart set on eating at the Musee d'Orsay (in the the big fancy restaurant; sorry I don't remember its name), better check first. When we were there last week, the room was being remodeled. They were serving lunch at a few tables in the corridor, but the wow factor is definitely missing at the moment.
            One of my favorite places near the Musee d'Orsay is the Voltaire. They have the world's best eggs mayonnaise, a meal in itself, which costs approximately $3.