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Hello all. I'm going to be traveling to Paris for a week at the end of May. I've started looking for restaurants, bars, wine shops, bakeries, cheese shops, etc and am looking for suggestions. I've tried to get reservations at Hidden Kitchen (week before and after are open, but not while I'm there) and found out that Spring closed in February. These are the types of spots I'm looking for. Not overly advertised that have great chefs that put out great dish after great dish. I'm also looking for little neighborhood spots to grab bread, cheese, foie gras terrine, local specialities for lunchs, snacks. I'm going to be staying in the 1st, but planning on going all over the city to see what all the neighborhoods have to offer. If anyone can offer any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks everyone in advance.

If you have any local favorites (local or traveller), please let me know as well.

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  1. Alas, these questions have been asked countless times before -- I sense fatigue from posters on answering them again. Have you done a search of this board? Nose around here, develop a list of places, then come back for specific advice. Here are some recent threads on similar topics to get you started:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/598454

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/600214

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/594124

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    1. re: Cookingthebooks

      I absolutely second what the previous poster says.

      Here's another topic worth reading:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/580407

      1. re: Dodo

        I'm gonig to have to disagree. After perusing the boards, everyone had a list of the same restaurants. Paris is a huge city and that certainly can't be everything the city has to offer. Someone mentioned getting the foie gras pate, but where? I'm sure there are dozens of places, but where would the locals suggest? I'm guessing every corner sells bread and pastry's, but if I venture to the outer arrondissements, what should I look for, where should I go? Where is the chocolate shop that has a really creative chef doing more than creating truffles? What's the hole in the wall restaurant that has a phenominal wine list or wine by the glass list? That's the info I'm hoping to find, but haven't seen on the boards.

        1. re: BeanTownGolfer

          Not sure why you would want to eat at restaurants owned by Americans--Hidden Kitchen or Spring?

          Paris is probably the most over-analyzed city on CH, except for NYC. There are so many posts.

          1. re: BeanTownGolfer

            It puzzles me that you haven't found answers on this board but maybe you'll find some useful info on these two blogs:

            http://www.paris-update.com/topics/he...

            http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives...

            1. re: BeanTownGolfer

              Trust me if it is out there, Souphie knows it, has been there, and has posted it. While l am on the board a lot and live in Paris three-four months a year, Souphie is the bomb. Whenever l am there we get together many times and he never fails to find something new and neat in the 19th or wherever. We list the same restaurants a lot as they are proven and dependable. We do mention the others then the chef leaves and it is now junk and we mention that as well.Peruse the boards for odd stuff as well. l have listed neat hot chocolate places, cheese shops, that were never mentioned before and last year we had a discussion of boudin noir where souphie and l went to 30 boucheries and evaluated them. l go to a different bakery every day and have for 20 years and report on those l feel are the most interesting, so to say everything is the same is unfair and untrue. Yes Chez L'Ami Jean comes up a lot, l love it, go once a week while in town.
              think you should spend some time and search the boards a lot and you will find more diversity in your searches.

              1. re: BeanTownGolfer

                I get my foie gras from the butcher, Desnoyer (www.regalez-vous.com) or Divay rue Bayen. Foie gras, like croissants or bread, is a universe in itself and it is very hard to tell which one will be YOUR favourite.

                For bakeries, check my map of bakeries.

                For creative chocolate, see Jacques Génin and Patrick Roger, also Jean-Paul Hévin to a lesser extent. Don't neglect classics such as Christian Constant or Gérard Mulot.

                I don't think there's fantastic hole in the wall restaurant anywhere in Paris but places that come close to what you're asking re:wine list include Fish and Racines.

                It's true that it's hard to find one precise information on the board. But the most specific your demands, the most likely it is that they will trigger an interesting discussion as opposed to a reaction of "we get that question every week".

                1. re: BeanTownGolfer

                  BTG - I actually felt like I had the opposite problem, when I was researching my Paris trip - it seemed like there were so *many* different recs I couldn't come up with a consensus. I ended up making lists by arrondissement, picking a few to make special trips to, and choosing the rest by location. Aside from Chowhound, friend's recs, and David Lebovitz's blog linked above, I also used Clotilde Dusoulier's "Edible Adventures in Paris" (she writes the "Chocolate and Zucchini" blog) - I think it would actually be a great resource for you, as she organizes it by restaurants, patisseries, boulangeries, chocolate shops, confiseries, etc etc, and has indexes in the back listing everything by arrondissement. The only outdated info I ran across was on Jacques Genin - I spent a little time wandering around the 15th before calling and finding the once semi-secret atelier had moved to the 3rd (super close to where I was staying, as it turned out) and become a full-fledged shop (with gorgeous pastries, and the best caramels I've ever tasted).

                  PhilD has some words of wisdom here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3865...
                  In a nutshell: don't kill yourself trying to find "The Best", because any of the Top 20 or so will still be leagues above anything you have at at home.

                  1. re: daveena

                    Thanks for the tips. I'm heading to Paris in a couple months on a solo mission of learning more about the food with the goal of opening a restaurant back in the states. I seem to learn the most from places that don't attract tourists (even though I don't speak a lick of french - fingers crossed rosetta stone). While I'm not looking for the best of the best, I'm hoping to have a good mix of classic french anlong with the new french nuveau.

                    1. re: BeanTownGolfer

                      Hidden Kitchen isn't only about the phenominal food, it's a very different dining experience. Check out the newest write up:
                      http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

                      I hope you get in! They will sometimes have a cancellation and then have room for you.