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Apr 12, 2009 03:07 PM

Florida visitors to Ile Saint Louis, Paris

My wife and I will be staying on the Ile St. Louis in Paris for the month of September. Any suggestions for typical Parisian restaurants within walking distance, on or off the island? All price ranges OK. Non French choices are welcomed. We love regional French cooking and have been to Alsace, Provence, Brittany, Burgundy and the Loire but have not been back to Paris in 10 years. Patisserie and epicerie suggestions also appreciated. Is there a Chinatown in Paris? We are used to taking public transit or taxis and do not mind a ride. We will be exploring all parts of the City of Light.

This is a long list but any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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  1. l will be there for the month of September as well. Read old posts about your quests, there are quite a few in thew last month or so. l go to Chinatown often, down in the Porte de Choissy metro stop. Ribouldingue near St michel for offal is an easy walk , beautiful place, not fussy, very friendly, and most unusual.

    1. Staying on Ile St. Louis is special and I envy your trip.

      My favorite lunch spot on the Ile is Mon Vieil Ami. I think the place is a bargain as expensive eating goes.

      My second favorite luncheon place is L'avant Gout 37 rue Bobbillot in the 13th, which is also a bargain expensive eating experience.

      There are several markets in easy walking distance ...
      4th district ..Baudoyer Market
      Place Baudoyer
      Wednesday 3 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      5th district Maubert Market
      Place Maubert.
      Tuesday, Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

      Montorgueil, a market street unique in all the world, has many shops, bakeries and cafes. Don't miss it!

      For Chinese we like Le Canton 5 rue Gozlin, 6th. We stick pretty much with the seafood across the board there. Keep this tip aside because they are open on MONDAY! and most good places are not. BTW they are NOT open on Sunday.

      To be with lots of people, moderate prices and decent food every time, and to have a good time, we go to Bistro de Breteuil 3, Place de Breteuil. The tables are very close and you just get swept up in conversations and instant friendships with people from everywhere, including the fantastic apartments in the neighborhood. Lots of embassy and international corporate people go there.

      Finally, I suggest that you read the chowhound thread entitled, "Poor and hungry visitors to paris" at The title may not apply to you, but the advice is very good.

      And, HAVE FUN!!!!!

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      1. Another good comparison, go to Berthillon for ice cream, then go over the bridge to left bank, turn right on Rue de Tournelle for a long block and at Rue de Maitre Albert is another excellent ice cream shop, enjoy

        1. We just arrived at the Ile St Louis and will be staying here for a week. As soon as we get some suggestions we will get back to you. Are you staying at a hotel or renting a flat? We are renting and plan on making good use of the butchers here. We have already found La Petite Scierie on the Rue St Louis n'Ile. They are specialists in foie gras which they make on their own duck farm. We bought some and a crusty baguette and had a tasty, easy to prepare dinner. A bientot!

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          1. re: TeamPhilly

            The bakery on rue des deux ponts is particularly good, esp. their pain au chocolat.

            1. re: TeamPhilly

              We will be in an apartment and like to have some meals at "home" especially breakfast. The apartment has a full kitchen and dining area. I will be most anxious to read about your experiences. We have been in Paris several times but this is the first time we will not be in a hotel. Thanks in advance for any other suggestions.

              1. re: rebus1805

                Well we have been on the Rue Saint Louis en l'Ile for a week now and here are some recommendations:

                --Pastry Gabriela-35 Rue des Deux Ponts for pastries, croissants, bread
                --Boulangerie Saint-Louis 78, Rue Saint Louis en l'Ile They have a special baguette that is about as dark as you are going to see anywhere. Extremely crispy, some would call it burned. i love crust so I loved it.
                --Aux Anysetiers du Roy, 61 Rue Saint Louis en l'Ile, Quaint old style French country restaurant. After we sat down I was concerned that no one was speaking French. But we went there because it smelled good and they had cassoulet. Ok, it is all tourists but the cassoulet was excellent and the atmosphere convivial.
                --Bakery Martin- 40 Rue Saint Louis en l'Ile Another good bakery. We had three within one block of our flat. Does it get any better than that?
                --Creperie de l'Ile, 13 Rue des Deux Pont, There are many creperies on Ile St. Louis. Sure sign of a tourist destination. This one is a little off the tourist flight path so it is less crowded. Excellent galettes for dinner and then for dessert a crepe with caramel sauce and melted salted butter. Good thing we didn't find this until yesterday or we would be eating them every day.
                --Berthilion, We have been to Paris 6 times over the last 20 years and they have only been open once. This week it was also closed. You can buy it at least a dozen places on the island. It is ok but certainly not worth the piles of tourists that plop onto the island to scarf it down. Paris is just not an ice cream town so maybe that is why they stand out.
                --Mini market. Try the place at 67 Rue Saint Louis en l'Ile We don't know the name but the awning says Libre Service. It is far superior to the other market over at Rue des Deux Ponts. The produce and selection are much better. We got some wines for less than 2 Euros a bottle and they were fine.

                There are so many more good looking restaurants we just couldn't try them all. During the day there is a great park at the eastern tip of the island for a picnic. Also many places along the Seine.

                You are also close to the Marais. We went over there one day to find Goldenberg's Deli. It is closed for good. Instead we had falafel and shawarma (sort of Israeli BBQ) in pita at L'As du Fallafel on 34 Rue des Rosiers. Very tasty middle eastern food. Don't be turned off by the hawkers outside trying to draw you in. You'll see people walking down the street eating these sandwiches but better to sit in the restaurant. They are just too messy to walk and eat.

                Overall it was fun to stay on the Ile St Louis, particularly at night when the tourist trade dwindled away. Have fun!

                1. re: rebus1805

                  Re bus,
                  Just the opposite for us. In all our trips we have yet to try a hotel. In my pro life there was too much travel and stays in hotels...they all now feel about the same and have a smell I have ODed on.
                  We try a different aptmt each time so as to soak up another neighborhood and set of experiences. Also, my wife and I enjoy cooking with the fine food from the markets and enjoying each others' company and good wine and FM 89.9 JAZZ on the balcony on a pretty night.
                  Of course we go out to eat, too, ...many times in fact and have favorite places on our "must return to" list.
                  You'll have a great time and the aptmt's appliances, extra space and privacy will be much appreciated.

              2. One of our favorite restaurants is on Ille St. Louis. Le Tastevin is located at 46 rue Saint-Louis-en-I'lle. It is small. Reservations are recommended. Phone 01-43-54-17-31. They also take reservations on the Internet . Open Sunday. We were there last in November. The Flaming Steak with rosemary and bone marrow is especially good.