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Jul 20, 2011 08:05 AM

Need approval for Paris itinerary!

Hi everyone,

My boyfriend and I are going to Paris in 2 days! I have been reading the boards and also have had to make adjustments based on the holiday season in France resulting in some temporary restaurant closures. Additionally, my boyfriend is not as much of a foodie as I am and is not into spending ridiculous amounts of money on food - so below is my compromise. Experts - please opine!

Night 1 - Chez L'Ami Jean
Night 2 - Les Fines Gueules
Night 3 - La Regalade Saint-Honore
Night 4 - Spring
Night 5 - Le Relais de Venise

Le Lutece (I have no choice here - my boyfriend studied abroad and will never forget a duck salad he had here)
L'As du Fallafel
Cuisine de Bar
La Garde Robe or L'Avant Comptoir

Cornet Vegetarian at Marche des Enfants Rouges
Breizh Cafe or West Country Girl for crepes
La Fermette or Fromagerie Laurent Dubois for cheese
Pierre Herme, Carette and Laduree for macarons
Epices Roellinger and Jacques Genin for caramels
Franck Kestener and Patrick Roger for chocolate
Stohrer, Eric Kayser, and Ble Sucre for other pastries
Le Bonbon au Palais for candy

Thanks! I am SO excited.

L'As du Fallafel
34 Rue des Rosiers, Paris, Île-de-France 75004, FR

Pierre Herme
72 Rue Bonaparte, Paris, Île-de-France 75006, FR

75 Champs-Élysées, Paris, Île-de-France 75008, FR

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  1. If you need approval, let me hand it to you free of charge.

    Yours is obviously a fine selection. Regulars won't be surprised to read that I think it is a mistake to not include a fine dining lunch in your itinerary. Lunch at Le Cinq will cost you marginally more than dinner at Spring, and La Régalade doubles in style with Chez L'Ami Jean. I would totally trade Régalade+Spring for a Ledoyen, Le Cinq or Ambassadeurs lunch.

    I would also leave room for small neighborhood bakeries in addition to the top notch fancy schmancy sweet shops you identified. Check out my map of bakeries if you'd like (


    Finally, I would be flexible about all my plans and focus on how I feel rather than what I have planned or reserved. Reservations are for cancelling.

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    1. re: souphie

      Thank you for that google map. I have added most of those bakeries to the map I already made! I definitely focused more on the savory places than the bakeries, but I know that is a big mistake when coming to Paris!

      We will definitely be flexible, and are not tied to any of our reservations - maybe except Spring. :)

      Thanks for your help!

      1. re: souphie

        Please realize with Souphie, we are the only ones who are not Spring fans. Primary reason for me is the 'one menu' per night, as per Chez Panisse in Berkeley. If goat ears are on menu, and you do not like goat ears, you are in trouble. Add Renard for macarons. And my constant push do L'Ami Louis for expensive ingredients done perfectly. Also agree with the expert, Souphie, that Le Cinq is the meal that should not be missed. While Tour d'Argent is a view restaurant, this is a perfect restaurant interiorly and you will feel like royalty, it is an essential, not fussy, but fine dining how it should be.

      2. I visited Franck Kestener's factory in Sarregumines last December. I say factory because it is located in a metal building in a light industrial park just outside Sarregumines. I believe his stuff is shipped in from that factory, not made at the store in Paris, but not completely sure.

        Anyway, his chocolates are OK, but some of the others commonly mentioned on this board are better, LMDC, Marcolini, Chaduin etc, i would spend my time at these unless just happen to be walking by Kestener's place.

        Have attached some pictures of his factory and of the things I bought there.

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        1. re: f2dat06

          The Abbaye de Bonneva makes killer chocolate bars. Those monks know what they're doing. Instead of schlepping to the a Cistercian abbey, you can find them at the Comptoir des Abbayes in Paris, along with all the other goodies that the monks of France make: wonderful jams, tableware, all kinds of liqueurs including chartreuse liqueurs.

          1. re: Parigi

            I believe Joel Durand has a Paris location (not sure where). Amazing chocolate.

            1. re: Parigi

              Is that the one on the wide short steps going from Seine towards Hotel de Ville by the church St Gervais l have always ignored ?

                1. re: mangeur

                  "It's up in Parigi's turf."

                  It's downstairs from chez moi. (But of course I'm no nun.)

                  1. re: Parigi

                    the neighbourhood was never famous for its nuns :) .... but a few "lorettes" must be turning in their graves now that a holy food place (and the odd non-nun foodie or two) has replaced them