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Considering only food opportunities, where should I chose a 3 year apartment in Paris?

We have visited Paris annually to semi-annually for the past nearly ten years and stayed in a different apartment/ different neighborhood each time. We love to cook; it is our first choice. My wife is an excellent cook. But, we also love to find bargain lunchs and dinners. We particularly enjoy the trifecta of fine food, lots of fun and a bargain price. We also walk a lot everyday and need interesting things to see. Now we have reason to consider a 3 year stay. Some of you actually live in Paris while the rest of us can only pretend for a few days. In either case, and only considering food possibilities, where would you suggest that we focus our apartment hunt?

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  1. Rue du Faubourg St Denis between the arch and the rue du Chateau d'eau. Central, great grocery shopping and fantstic neighbours.

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    1. re: vielleanglaise

      That part of the 10th - Anglaise's territory - has great butchers and funky sandwich shops and gourmet food stores.

      Hychka, I also chose my current apartment according to its nearness to the markets I like. I live in the bottom of rue des Martyrs - itself an excellent market street with Les Papilles Gourmandes and the two boulangeries Landemaine and Delmontel, and walking distance to the Aurore Capucine pastry shop and the Abaco candy store, also walking distance to the rue Lepic market, the excellent Anvers weekly market and the Cadet kosher market.

      I got Laidback hooked on this very intersection of the neighborhood, where one could lug home a great seafood platter (from Poissonnerie Blueue about 1 minute away) and enjoy it at home at a fraction of the resto price.

    2. We had the same dilemma a few years ago and settled on the 7eme (corner of rue du Bac and Bld St Germain) for us it was the concentration of high quality food shops plus the ease of getting to anywhere from a very central location. We had toyed with the 17eme (our relocation consultant was trying to save my company money) and are glad we resisted as whilst it was fun to stay there temporarily I think the distances across Paris to other areas would have been tiring.

      We ended up with freinds scattered across Paris and no-one seemed to be suffereing from a lack of good shops and restaurants. IMO I think each neighbourhood has its qualities in terms of style and ambiance and these are probably stronger reasons to choose an area than the food shops and restaurants as these are never a great distance from where you live in Paris (and my car stayed in he garage apart from trips to the country or mad dashes to CDG for early morning flights).

      Every area will do the staples well, and it is fun to venture forth to explore new areas and seek out treats. As we were very central our weekend shop would rarely be in one area as we would bounce around from specialist to specialist to stock up on treats, and strange as it may seem we found Bon Marche to be a good value supermarket for the basics and general groceries (i.e. Milk was no more expensive than Monoprix, and meat was often cheaper than other butchers) although you needed a will of iron to avoid splurging on treats. Sunday was often a stroll to Bastille market for veggies, a long boozy lunch, then a taxi back with all the shopping - heaven!

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        1. re: parisjo

          Jo: I hear ya' (personally I'm seething with a certain level of envy).

        2. re: PhilD

          "the ease of getting to anywhere from a very central location"...."I think each neighbourhood has its qualities in terms of style and ambiance and these are probably stronger reasons to choose an area than the food shops and restaurants as these are never a great distance from where you live in Paris"...."it is fun to venture forth to explore new areas and seek out treats"

          I agree with Phil. I admit that we choose our area by its centrality and transportation options. But, Hychka, we know that you have a long presence in and relationship with Paris. You must have some favorite arrondisements by now. You will live well wherever you are happy and comfortable.

          (If I could afford it, I'd live on the Quai Malaquais, the intersection of buses 24, 27, 39, 95, 68, 69 and, in season, Balabus.)

        3. It's tough to get the full package in one location, along with a decent renting or buying price. We're at Breguet Sabin near the Bastille, and that is pretty close to everything or has close direct metro or bus connections.

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          1. I agree with PhilD - We lived for a few months on rue Dupin in the 6th - a block from the Grande Epicerie in Bon Marché - and loved shopping there as well as at the small shops on rue du Cherche Midi...And the outdoor markets on Blvd Raspail. Great neighborhood.

            1. One vote for Parigi's neighborhood: typical Paris, lots of great food, lots of fun. But indeed around Bastille is pretty great too for everything you describe. The 7th and 6th are central and very rich, and in France this means good food but not cheap. The Ternes neighborhood also has wonderful food and wealthy inhabitants, so does the Marais by rue de Bretagne. I live in Paris and food is my absolute priority, but I wouldn't know where I'd prefer to live,

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              1. re: souphie

                Correct that - I was by Place des Vosges today, and nothing, to me beats the magis of those old buildings.