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Sep 2, 2009 06:51 PM

One Day in Paris - help please?

I'm an American Chowhound from Los Angeles, and I'll be spending one day in Paris. I have never visited before, and would love to get the recommendations for breads, chocolates (milk chocolate is my favorite), pastries (the sweeter the better, and I love petits fours), and of course meals from my European hound friends. I'll arrive at 10AM and leave at 9PM on a Saturday in November. I wish I could spend more time, but this is all I have. Your help would be sincerely appreciated!

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  1. I suggest a search of the board, all topics have been extensively covered. Narrow your thoughts down then ask specifics.

    1. With only one day, rather than run all over Paris to find what is the best, I would concentrate on the area around the 6th arrondisment where some of the best shops are located. Here is a list to start:
      Eric Kayer, r. Monge (actually in the 5th but close to blvd St. Michel), bread
      Patick Roger, blvd St. Germain, chocolate
      Gerald Mulot, r. de Seine, pastry
      Pierre Marcolini, r de Seine, chocolate
      Laduree, r Bonaparte, pastry
      Pierre Herme, r Bonaparte, pastry
      Poilane, r de Cherche-Midi, bread
      Christian Constant, r d'Assas, pastry, ice cream
      John-Charles Rochoux, r d'Assas, chocolate
      If you still have time, head on to the 7th
      La Maison du Chocolate, r de Sevre
      Au Bon Marche, r de Sevre, department store food hall
      Phillippe Contincini, r de Bac, pastry
      Richart, blvd St. Germain, chocolate
      Google their websites for their exact addresses, then google map so you can have a good walking plan. I would pick a good bistro (search this site) for lunch as your departure time is too tight for a leisurely dinner. Also most good places doesn't starting serve until after 7pm.

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      1. re: PBSF

        That is an awesome list! Thank you so much! I've been told by my New York Chowhound friends that La Maison du Chocolate is the best, and I didn't get a chance to try it while there two weeks ago. I'll definitely get there while in Paris! Also, a friend recommended Le Train Bleu. Obviously the decor is spectacular but Zagat only gives it a 19 for food, which is really quite low. Any opinions on it?

        1. re: OC Mutt

          For Le Train Bleu: if decor is important to you, YES; if food is important, probably NO. You will probably get the same opinion from most posters on this board. If you are taking a train at Gare de Lyon, can stop off for a drink, otherwise, it is not worth the metro ride for your single day in Paris

          1. re: PBSF

            Thanks for the tip. As they say, you can't eat the view. Where would you recommend for someone coming in on the Chunnel train?

            1. re: OC Mutt

              I would search this board as there are many great recommendations. If you can be more specific on what you are looking for: budget, lunch/dinner, area, type of food, ambience, etc., you'll probably get some good replies. There is are tons of good information on this board. Vague request for recommendations usually results in some vague replies or not at all.

      2. OC, could you please report back here on your dining experience?

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        1. re: menton1

          Absolutely. I promise. But I have not gone yet. I am going at the end of Nov., and yes, I realize how odd it must make me seem to be planning my meals this far in advance.

          1. re: OC Mutt

            I would urge you to go to Pierre Herme, 72 rue Bonaparte, in the 6th and have a plain croissant (IMHO the best in Paris, or at least it's my favorite), a small kugelhopf and a tarte citron, and you will have experienced three of the best things Paris has to offer under one roof. (Though note that you can't sit there and eat.) If they have regular almond croissants, get one of those too, but not if they only have the almond croissants with fruit, which aren't very good at all. After all of that, consider the macarons (the caramel with fleur de sel is amazing) and the chocolates.
            (Now I have an unrelated question for the experienced chowhounds: How do I post a reply or a statement which shows up all the way to the left margin and not indented under the previous post? Thanks in advance.)

            1. re: parislovernyc

              I you want your post to show up on the left margin, hit the "reply" on the original post and then type your text on the space box.

              1. re: PBSF

                Thanks PBSF. I'll give that a try.

              2. re: parislovernyc

                Try the bostock as well next time, really super

                1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                  Thanks for that suggestion. We'll be back in March for two weeks so will try it then.

          2. Narrowing things down: one necessity will be breakfast (preferably a croissant or pastry to go, not a sit down meal) at 10AM near Gare du Nord.

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            1. re: OC Mutt

              There is almost nothing "to go"in Europe. YOu will have to sit, you can have a "Creme" and a "Tartine" (small baguette with butter). YOur other hope is to come across a Starbucks, where they do have American-style takeaway cups, but that's hardly an experience one wants in Paris, IMHO...