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Dec 4, 2008 05:51 AM

Spending 48 hours in Paris, I need the best of the best reccomendations

I will be spending 48 hours in Paris at the end of January, this is my first time there. I need the best recommendations for things I can not miss. I will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Paris - Madeleine on Boulevard Malesherbes.

I am hoping to find the best breakfast, lunch, snack, bakery, dinner, cheese, wine....

Any and all recommendations are appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. May I suggest that you scroll back a couple of pages or use the search function, since your question has been discussed over and over again already, especially regarding best bakeries, cheese shops, breakfasts, etc. And then, 'best' is very personal. I'd prefer to see 'good' or 'you liked' instead.
    Also, depends on what you intend to spend for lunch and dinner and what type of restaurant and cuisine you favour. Just too many options around, and then, some restos will be closed over weekends.

    Happy reading.

    1. Dodo is right. Here are some elements, though.

      You'll be very close from Caves Augé for wine and spirituous, a great place. Also very close to the überfancy food shopping at Hédiard and Fauchon on the Place de la Madeleine. Top restaurants abound. There is also a Kayser bakery up the bd Malesherbes, they are candidates for best in town.

      Breakfast at le Bristol used to be out of this world good but DCM's friends were unimpressed and the chef pastry changed, which maybe are two things related. Or DCM's friends are wrong.

      Best lunch is either Savoy or Le Cinq, menus at 100 and 85 respectively. Rostang and Ledoyen also possible contenders.

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      1. re: souphie

        As my friends bought you lunch at Le Grand, you know them and you know they are not wrong. It was not that it was bad, just not super. Just had breakfast at Balthazar's in Manhattan. Just a bread/patisserie basket and coffee. It was better in ambiance and content than any breakfast had in Paris, for me, perfect. To the poster, as Dodo says read past posts.

        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          It really used to be wonderful. What I was saying is, I need to check by myself. And sure their buying my lunch proved me they can't be wrong :P.

          1. re: souphie

            Not the buying of lunch, just that you talked to them for 2-3 hours and hopefully got to know their expertise and passion for food.

      2. Has anyone been to Market? A Jean Georges restaurant....I have eaten in many of his other restaurants and they are always great!

        How about Cafe M in the Hyatt Madeleine?

          1. re: edible complex

            Le Grand Colbert? Have they gotten a new chef? When I was there the food was fabulously "ordinaire." I wouldn't waste my money.

            1. re: ChefJune

              I second your opinion and experience at Le Grand Colbert. A nice historical setting, but very mediocre food and service.

          2. Laduree, on the Place de la Madeleine, will provide you with a wonderful and memorable breakfast.