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Dec 21, 2008 10:18 PM

Heading to Paris, any suggestions for not to miss places to eat and drink?

I'm an experienced traveler and foodie who has been to Paris on many occasions. This time traveling with my family over the Christmas holiday and New Year's. We have our New Year's reservation at Monsiour Lapin in Montpanasse and we'll probably get to Cave de l' Os a Moelle. Any other suggestions for a quintensential Parisian lunch and dinner? All of my family members are familar with eating places in Paris, but I thought it would be great to check out some new places. We're staying in an apartment in the 7th arrondismont (sorry for butchering the french spelling). Also, a suggestion on a cool place for a drink that's not a tourist place would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. Arrondissement.

    There is almost a contradiction between new and quintessentially Parisian. If you mean "new for you" then how would we know what is new and not? To this last phrase, the (good) places that jump to my mind are La Fontaine de Mars, La Rotonde, Lasserre, l'Ami Jean, La Régalade, Chez Denise, l'Ami Louis, les Pipos, le Mauzac, les Papilles, la Rotisserie du Beaujolais, Chez René, La Grille, le Pétrelle, l'Auberge Bressane, le Florimond, le Café Constant.

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    1. re: souphie

      Hello, I am no expert on eating in Paris, but was there last year for my chef boyfriends birthday, and we loved the restaurant Benoit, which is near the Pompidou, it was good food, great service and we loved the feel of the restaurant, there is no doubt you are in Paris when eating there. For a drink and a nibble, Juveniles wine bar is really cool, and just up the street is Willy's Wine Bar, they have good food and if you are a wine fan both of these places are not to be missed.

      1. re: caitlinferguson

        We loved the pre-Ducasse Benoit and avoided dining there when Ducasse took control However, earlier this month while we were in Paris, Lobrano in Where magazine wrote about the vast improvement with a new chef at Benoit and we went, Regrettably it was the usual Ducasse industrial gourmet food served at his lesser restaurants. Among the reasonably priced restaurants we liked Le Saut du Loup which is in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs (in a wing of the Louvre).