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andiewest Jun 17, 2010 09:05 AM

We will be in Paris from the 24th to 31st of July with our 8 and 10 year old. My mother is also travelling with us, so we have the option to have some meals without the kids. So far I have booked La Table de Joel Robuchon at lunch (for my mom and me), L'Aromatik (for my husband and me) and we are thinking of Breizh Cafe and L'As du Falafal with the kids. We are staying in the 9th in an apartment near Metro Notre-dame de Lorette so will be eating in for some meals. I am looking for one nice lunch or dinner for the Friday before we leave for all 5 of us. I am thinking of something memorable that typifies Paris that the kids will always remember. We would like to stay under 50 euros per person. I had thought of Les Papilles but it will be closed during the week we are there. Lunch is probably better for the kids as the service is usually a little quicker and they are less tired. Thanks to everyone on this board for all of the ideas that I have gleaned from scanning other posts.

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    Oakglen RE: andiewest Jun 17, 2010 11:23 AM

    There is a new brasserie, Seize Neuf, that is nearby. They have a terrasse, and lunch menus in the 20 to 30 euro range. Should be a good place for the family. It's on my list to try in the future (friends like the place).

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      andiewest RE: Oakglen Jun 17, 2010 08:19 PM

      Thanks very much Oakglen. I looked up Seize Neuf on the web and it is very close to our apartment and may fit the bill perfectly. We will be arriving in Paris late Saturday afternoon and would like to pick up some groceries to get us through until Monday. Any suggestions where we could pick up some basics (bread, cheese, wine, milk, cereal etc.) near Notre Dame de Lorette metro?

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        Oakglen RE: andiewest Jun 18, 2010 09:21 AM

        Sorry, we only stay at apartments in the 7th; but you will be able to meet all your needs within a one or two block radius. That is one of the great advantages of Paris. Perhaps others can give you specific recos.

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          mangeur RE: andiewest Jun 18, 2010 01:47 PM

          "We will be arriving in Paris late Saturday afternoon and would like to pick up some groceries to get us through until Monday. Any suggestions where we could pick up some basics (bread, cheese, wine, milk, cereal etc.) near Notre Dame de Lorette metro?"
          If you walk northeast from NDdL up rue Maubeuge, you will come to rue Rochechouart where you will find wonderful small food shops: cheese and butter as well as serviceable wine at La Ferme Saint Hubert Cremerie, #36, walking south on Rochechouart you will find a Carrefour supermarket for ordinary necessities, and a wonderfully whimsical bakery, Aurora Capucine. If you return along Lamartine, you will find an amazing mid-East specialist who has extraordinary canned and takeout food as well as extensive spices and dry beans, lentils, rice, etc: Au Lac de Van, #6 Lamartine.

      2. purplescout RE: andiewest Jun 18, 2010 08:21 PM

        This is a simple place, but my kids enjoyed it: La Reserve de Quasimodo. Definitely within your price point.

        It's not far from Notre Dame Cathedral, but for some reason seems full of French rather than global tourists. We enjoyed open-faced sandwiches of foie gras and apples and a fondue. They have a wine shop, and you can pick a bottle from the shop which they will serve to you in the restaurant, (Handy if you want to buy some wine to take home on your last day). It's in an old. old building with a lot of atmosphere. Located on the Ile de la Cite. 4 Rue Colombe

        Here's a blog post about it with photos (not my blog):
        http://writeonthyme.blogspot.com/2010...

        1. purplescout RE: andiewest Jun 19, 2010 10:31 AM

          In case you haven't heard of it, the Cite des Enfants - - a giant science museum for kids - - is amazing. My kids (7 and 9) said this was the best museum they ever visited. You must buy tickets in advance for the section with the best hands-on interactive activities (available on line). The tickets are for a specific time, when they let a whole flock of families in, and after the specified period they turn you out....which is a great opportunity to visit the snackbar. It's stocked with typical kid-friendly stuff, but what makes it special is the furniture. Giant, brightly colored, molded plastic sofas!

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