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Mar 22, 2010 08:47 AM

Seeking good markets, specialty shops, boulangeries, patisseries, etc in 3rd...& ? about Easter Candy...

I will be off to Paris tommorrow night for the week with my husband, my 15 year old daughter and will be 7 1/2 year old son in tow. We are renting an apartment for one week in the 3rd...Metro-Arts et Metiers.

The winter has run away from me...due to a variety of surgeries and other unforeseen events...and I can't believe we are leaving tomorrow...

Back in January I had posted for restaurant suggestions for restaurants and Chowhounds came through with some great ideas...we are planning on making our lunch the main meal of the day...we have ressies at Frenchie, Bastide Odeon, Le Souffle...(for fun), we have ressies for the Restaurant at Versaille for Sunday lunch when we go...Le Flotille? (sp). We don't have ressies -since they don't take...but also plan on trying Cafe Constant and Breizh Cafe. I keep going back and forth with Bofinger...

anyway...right now I'm hoping that there may be a couple of good suggestions for good places to get coffee, and bread and cheese and maybe juice and bread and jam...staple type items and also perhaps just some special places to check out in our neighborhood...

(I see that there are several posts requesting similar info regarding baquettes, and markets and I do intend to read them all...just wondering anything walkable near us...Metro...Arts et Metier that we shouldn't miss...

Also as we are moving close to Easter...I thought it would be fun for the kids (and me :-) to pick up some Easter Candy...curious about the similarities and differences...(I know that the "Bunny" does't come in France...but the bells fly in from Rome???

...either way I'd love to see some of their Easter Displays and bring some candy if anyone has any suggestions....Please, Please pass them on...

(Also although I have my restaurants under control...I'm always willing to consider others...if there is something I missed I should consider...:-) Thanks....


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  1. Easter candies are traditionally chocolates. Jaques Génin is a good walk from your place, shouldn't be missed. Oh the way, you'll have the rue de Bretagne and the marché des Enfants Rouges with many, many wonders. The Marais itself if pretty close, and for instance Pain de Sucre is withing walking distance, as are Breizh café and Claude Colliot.

    1. If you want industrial schlocky stuff go to the nearest Monoprix, 164 rue du temple - I sometimes buy stuff on sale the day after Easter for folks back home.

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      1. re: John Talbott

        "industrial schlocky stuff" -- you mean for chocolate, right? Monoprix has some very good produce, eg one of the best andouillettes you can find.

        1. re: souphie

          Right, chocolate, candy, etc. OP asked about "Easter Candy" for a 7.5 yo.

        2. re: John Talbott

          The Easter candy in the Monoprix is much more interesting than what we get in the States. If I had a bigger suitcase I would have brought home one of each item - the stuff was adorable! I did bring home some Kinder eggs I've yet to sample. I imagine I'll regret I did not buy more (like all the candy/chocolate I bring home from Paris! :))

        3. It has been a couple of years but we had 2 good experiences at Au Bascou on Rue Reamur near the metro and more recently at Pramil on Rue Vertbois just across from the much more famous l'Ami Louis, also close to Arts et Metiers.

          Your kids will love the museum there in the old deconsecrated church.

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          1. re: Laidback

            I would endorse both those but someone else had harsh words for Bascou.

              1. re: John Talbott

                Unless my senescence has finished off my memory bank, it was your recommendation that originally sent me there.

                1. re: Laidback

                  Yes, well, hummm, guilty; I had a nice meal there (5.5/10) last time but others have been negative. Why haven't I returned since Feb '07?

            1. your title includes 'specialty shops' so you might also want to make a stop into G. Detou. It's in the 2nd, not third, but not terribly far from where you'll be staying and it's a fun visit for foodie types (58 rue de Tiquetonne) because it's full of just about anything that might be interesting for cooks and bakers (even though it's quite a small little shop)

              Also, i assume you won't stay just in the 3rd the entire time? If you really want to do some Easter candy comparisons check out the window displays going now in some of the 'fancy food shops' like Hediard. They've got some very pretty easter displays...maybe not things you want to buy, but it'll give you an idea of what they're doing here for easter. Also fun for kids, the Laduree windows have some very fun Alice in Wonderland displays at the moment.

              have a good trip!

              1. Thank you all for your kind replies...actually I love having having sources for higher end as well as lower end candy...the 7.5 year old may have simpler tastes but his 15 year old sister and mother have fairly high end taste in both are great ideas...

                Looking forward to checking out Pain de Sucre and the marches des Enfants Rouges...and well everything...Thanks for the ideas and I'll write up a tr when I'm back in the hopes of helping someone else out...