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HI. We will be in Paris for three days. Excellent food in interesting places is the goal.
Although money is no object, cheap is OK also. I would really appreciate some thoughts from those in the know. Thanks-Cary

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  1. If you can wait, I've just written an essay called "FAQ: So, I have three days in Paris (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) and I want to eat….." but you may find it a bit unhelpful.

    1. There are so many wonderful dining experience opportunities in Paris that you couldn't do a percent of them in only three days. So, I suggest that you decide where you will stay and plan what you want to do and chose places convenient to that plan. Are there "must do" places? Yes, but these vary based on your tastes and interests. For example, I MUST have a falafel on rue de Rosiers and an almond croissant at Stohrers on rue Montorgueil. And, I have to walk 10 to 12 miles per day just looking at whatever we decide would be interesting. To each his/her own! Tell us more about your plans and someone will be sure to help you.

      1. Well, I'm amazed that no one has responded, so I'll give it a whirl without knowing where you are staying or what you like.

        I'd land at CDG around 8 AM and take a car to our apartment. I'd get settled and then go for a walk around the neighborhood to see what;s available and duck into a place I had researched as being damn good near my apartment for some soup and salad for lunch. Next I'd amble over to Frenchie's and beg for a reservation. Then I"d go for dinner at Au Dernier Metro. In the morning I'd eat in my apartment...probably eggs and baguette and jam and some almond croissant from Stohrers and coffee. For lunch I'd stand in line at le Comptoir in the 6th. For dinner I'd have reservations at Hidden Kitchen or Guy Savoy. The next morning I'd eat in again and head over to Rosiers for falafels. That night I'd have reservations at Le Cinq. And, I'd drop any plan that conflicted with what Frenchie offered...preferably the dinner reservation.

        Now, I don't like playing "what ifs" with Paris trips and eating because it is a silly game. But you asked and here it is.

        No one will agree.

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        1. re: hychka

          My plans would have been similar to hychka's. Over 3 days, I would have 1 haute, 1 bistro, 1 picnic. That would be enough for me. More than that, pleasure slowly turns pain-ward.
          My haute meal would be something like Le Cinq,
          My bistro meal would be Chez L'Ami Jean or Les Papilles. If they are closed for holiday, then Pétrelle or Le Régalade St Honoré.
          My picnic would be a bbq pork or chicken Banh Mi from n°7 rue Volta (close Sundays), then picnic at Clos des Blancs-Manteaux.

          1. re: Parigi

            For dinner, I would go to Frenchie or Spring, Passage 53 and Regalade St. Honoree. I would have lunches of great baguettes with great cheese, together with a great pastry and eat somewhere lovely outside in a park or garden.

            1. re: Nancy S.

              Croissants from the most local great boulangerie and coffee in the apartment every morning. Picnic lunch most days, One haute lunch special, either Le Cinque or Rostang's club menu and a light dinner late that night at La Rotund. Other 2 dinners would have to be La Regalade (either one) and Chez Josephine Dumonet. Just me.

              1. re: plafield

                For the patisseries/boulangeries, I would suggest Des Gateaux et du Pain in the 15th, Pain du Sucre in the 3rd, Patisserie des Reves in the 7th and Gerard Mulot in the 6th. Also, I would buy some vieux comte at Dubois in the 5th and lovely tomatoes from Joel Thiebault from the market on President Wilson Blvd. on a Wed. or Sat., in the 16th.

                1. re: Nancy S.

                  Anyone know if Joel Thiebault is selling his produce at the market right now in August?

                  1. re: hong_kong_foodie

                    He was there last week, so I'd try my luck.

                    1. re: souphie

                      Thanks. And just to make sure, is this right by the Alma - Marceau Metro station near Hotel Plaza Athenee? Any thoughts on best time to go?

                      1. re: hong_kong_foodie

                        Yes, on wednesdays and saturdays. Rue Gros on tuesdays and fridays (by the Maison de la Radio). The right time to go is very early -- 8ish. After that, lines are long and really nice stuff is gone anyway.

        2. Well, we also don't know WHEN those three days are going to be. If they're in August, lots of places will be closed.

          I'm going to make the assumption that it's NOT August....

          One lunch would be Le Cinq. The other lunches would be picnics with cheeses from Dubois and charcuterie from Oteiza, and anywhere else I found yummies.

          The other two dinners would be 1 bistro like Regalade or l'Ami Jean, and either La Cagouille or Maceo, because I love those places.

          1. Paris is unique in that you can find excellence in just about any neighborhood. Let us know where you are staying, and I believe we can find you a great bistro etc within walking distance. Then I would plan on one luxe restaurant that might require a taxi or metro ride. Primarily, just walk around, and be open to new experiences.

            1. The question is what sort of experience are you looking for? Haute Cuisine? Typically French brasseries and bistros where you can soak in the atmosphere and enjoy good food? Trendy restaurants? Or a mixture of all three? And when will you be there - as August things are fairly dead? Places that I have loved over the years (mainly bistros/brasseries) include L'Ardoise, Les Ferrandaises, Bastide D'Odeon, Chez L'Ami Jean....just a few...but have a super time

              1. Among my favorites is a small spot in the 5th called LiLane. 8, rue Gracieuse
                75005 Paris. The place is small and beautiful, the waitress was incredibly nice - more on that in a bit, and the food divine. The menu choices - entee + plat + dessert, or entree+ plat, or plat+dessert
                provided great value and flexibility. We had one E+P and one Plat+dessert and were beyond satisfied. The ravioli langoustine were a great starter with three a piece we were humming for minutes. The duck breast was cooked to perfection and the salmon made for a crispy skin delight. Our table neighbors recommended the souffle which we ordered with reluctance. To say that melted away with two spoons full is no exaggeration.

                We needed the walk back to our apartment, to savour, not to recover, and with directions home
                we were on our way. As we reviewed every morsel, the young waitress reached us at a full run.
                One left iPhone 4 brought her down the path she had directed us along. And they say the french aren't friendly or accomodating! We returned to the restaurant to find the young, talented chef, Stéphane Guilcou, carrying boxes up from the cellar. As we wandered out again, iPhone in hand, we wondered how to say thank you...this is it, eat there. The wine choices, the food, the quiet subtle interior and Leila and Stephane all combine for an evening superb in Paris.