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Jun 26, 2011 03:55 PM

Where should a foodie live in Paris?

I'm moving to Paris for a few months in the fall (lucky me) and I'm trying to figure out the best arrondissement to live in to be close to wine bars, bistros, and good markets to do some home cooking. I do realize Paris has fabulous food around every corner and the great transportation puts you close to anything in minutes, but where would the best spot be for a single, 40 year old foodie to live with the best access. Loaded question I know, but thanks for the help.

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  1. I was just about to post the very same post..
    I love the 7th for the quiet elegance and I have my fave bistros, coffee, wine and marches.
    The 6th, 16th and the 1st are my second options..
    Have you been to Paris?
    Wishing you all the best!

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      I have been to Paris, but only for a few days over the years - not enough to figure out where I'd want to call home for a little while. I am going later this week to do some apartment hunting and I was just trying to narrow my search.

      The 11th does look appealing to me. I like all the wine bars that have been opening up. The 1st and 2nd look nice, but perhaps a bit more business focused of an area than I want to be in, despite the proximity to some nice food streets. I like the Marais near the Bastille, and am also thinking about something in the Latin Quarter. It doesn't seem like I can make a bad choice.

      Thanks for the input!

      1. My apartment is in the 11th near Charonne metro. My two local markets are Place Aligre and Richard Lenoir, IMHO two of the best. 50 restaurants within a three block walk. As you said, not a bad neighborhood in Paris for food, but the 11th has the advantages of being in the middle 'ring' thus easy to get anywhere and also not too expensive as definitely not a touristy arrondisement.