Month in Paris
This summer I will be going to Paris for a study abroad program for a month. It is located in the 6th arrondissement by the southwest corner of Luxembourg gardens. I need to find cafes in walking distance for the entire time I am there and I was wondering if anybody had suggestions for lunch places. Thanks
You will be in the midst of a large number of fine places from which to choose. I'd recommend investing in a couple of guides... the red michelin which will have a very large listing, and Patricia Wells' Food Lovers Guide to Paris, which is arranged by topic, but also by Arrondissement. Patricia Wells' web site also gives huge amounts of current information.
The 6th and the 5th, which is very close by where you'll be staying have a large number of small (and not-so-small) bistros, cafes, wine bars I'm sure you will enjoy exploring. I've enjoyed Bastide de l'Odeon, Chez Maitre Paul, Les Fontaines, I don't even remember all the names!
I'm sure the Chowhounds will be around to list their faves...
There are just too many cafés, brasseries, restos around in that particular area.
Some of them, 'no-name' places, but still good for a simple lunch (look for the plat du jour).
Southwest of the Lux Gardens (around Vavin, Notre-Dame-des-Champs) you'll have (just to name a few) Le Vavin, all the large cafés/brasseries like La Rotonde, Le Sélect, Lotus Café, etc., etc.
If you cross Blvd. Montparnasse, you'll be in the 14th arr. and you'll find the prices somewhat lower. Nice cafés on Place Edgar-Quinet et lots of creperies on Rue d'Odessa and Rue du Montparnasse.
Avoid the area right around the Montparnasse train station where the tower is located. Not the most charming area and most places are just so-so.