Going to Paris in January, planning to do a lot of walking, museums, fooding..
Wondering if I should plan for both lunch and dinner in restaurants, preferebly prix fixe menus, or would that be too much food and should just plan on one meal per day.. what has been your experience when you have been in Paris? Perhaps we can have a late lunch as one meal out for the day.. when do Parisiens eat lunch? Thanks!
I'd say one nice 3 course meal is fine per day. Just keep in mind, that the portions usually aren't what you may be used to. A starter can really be just a couple of bites.
The second meal, I'd recommend something light like an omelette, a croque-monsieur, a composed salad, etc. which you'll find at any brasserie where you can also order just one dish, BTW. Don't miss all the wonderful bakeries. I would be surprised, if you didn't crack for the patisseries, pains au chocolat, macarons, etc.
As for myself, I have lunch between 1 and 2 PM. Dinner right now. It's 9 PM. For a dinner out, not before 8:30 PM, in general later.
Many of the best restaurants have a prix fixe lunch for a fraction of their dinner prices. So if money is a concern, have the elaborate meal at lunch and go to simpler bistros for dinner. Most Parisians have lunch at around 1 or 1:30. Whether lunch and dinner are too much food is of course dependent on your eating habits. I have no problem doing a full meal for both but many people cannot manage 2 major meals in a day.
If you would like any restaurant recommendations, please indicate your price range and any preferences, and I'm sure you will get many responses here.