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HELP! SENDING THE BOSS AND OUR #2 TO PARIS, LE MARAIS DISTRICT.

HELLO FOODIES!

I AM SENDING THE BOSS AND OUR DESIGNER TO PARIS FOR FASHION WEEK AND I AM HOPING TO GIVE THEM SOME OPTIONS BEFORE THEY ARRIVE.
THEIR HOTEL IS IN THE LE MARAIS DISTRICT, CAN ANYONE HELP WITH SOME GOOD EATS? ESPECIALLY BREAKFAST AND DINNER
MAYBE ALSO SOME OF THE CURRENT HOT SPOTS?

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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  1. Marais has many restaurants much, much reviewed here. I am sure you have already looked up the reviews using the top right box. Please tell us what you don't like about all the restaurant reviews you found, and we have more to go on then.
    And please don't use all caps. It's like yelling. Thanks.

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    1. re: Parigi

      Hello Parigi,

      Thank you for your suggestions, yes I looked in the search bar and found so many.

      I would really like to find something for breakfast, even though I know, like Italians, breakfast is not really a big meal. These men though would like something not to pricy for their morning. Nothing too filling like an American breakfast, but something that is delicious and fresh and nearby. Grab and go or a sit down.

      1. re: DirtyD11

        Breakast in the Marais: Pain Quotidien on rue des Archives between rue de la Verrerie and rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie. Or, more see-&-be-seen, the Café Beaubourg on the rue Saint Merri/ rue Saint Martin just across from Centre Pompidou. If in the much trendier Haut Marais (3rd), Café le Progrès on the rue de Bretagne at the rue Vieille du Temple is where the cool kids gather. Outside the Marais, the fashion crowd will be elbowing one another to get a table for breakfast at the Hotel Costes (which is THE place for fashionistas during Fashion Week) on the rue Saint-Honoré in the 1st or the Café de Flore on the boulevard Saint Germain in the 6th.

        BTW, you can get a perfectly adequate eggy breakfast at almost any café and many brasseries....oeufs au plat et bacon/ fried eggs and bacon, oeufs brouillés/ scrambled eggs, omelette nature/ plain omelet, oeufs à la coque/ 3-minute soft boiled eggs, croissant au beurre, pain au chocolat, toasts et beurre, etc. Cafés are, however, not usually geared for take-away and, in any case, it's considered pretty crass to eat or drink on the street or métro.

        1. re: Parnassien

          Hi Parnassien - Like you, I have always thought that it's considered pretty crass to eat or drink on the street. But I'm in Paris now and I have seen people (who appear to be locals) eating les sandwiches etc on the street every day. It also used to be that travelers were told not to wear jeans, as it simply is not done in Paris - I am seeing jeans on everyone, young and old, and not just tourists. Things are changing?

          1. re: Jeffo405

            Everybody is wearing jeans for as long as I can remember (granted I'm not that old...). It's shorts that only tourists wear.

            And eating on the street is sometimes done, with a sandwich or so, but it is not very common (crepes are more often seen). The main difference between french and american street habits is coffee. I've never seen a french person with a coffee on the street, even at Starbucks most people just sit down.

            And as for the OP, although I don't have anything to add about what Parnassien said, it would help to give an idea of what you consider "not too pricy"... because I suspect a boss and designer's not too pricy is not the same as a student's not too pricy or even my not too pricy...

            1. re: Jeffo405

              Although a born and bred parisien, I've never been aware that jeans were simply not done. The problem is what's worn with the jeans. And in this respect tourists often fail and come across as scruffy. We French treat jeans as just another pair of trousers that goes with an ensemble of accessories, jackets, etc.

              And yes, it's much more common to see people eating on the streets. But I and my friends usually assume that they are suburbanites, provincials, immigrants or foreign tourists because it's just not in the parisien code of behaviour. Paris (population 2.2 million) gets 60 million visitors a year so it is a fair assumption that a good proportion of people you see on the street, especially in central Paris, are not locals.

      2. I'd check Brasserie Thoumieux, not in the area, but would fit the bill in the context of the "Fashion Week".

        Colliot (40 rue des blanc manteaux) might be another good spot.

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        1. re: Maximilien

          It always a bit tricky second guessing what is right for the fashionistas. I have a very good friend who is a designer, although she tends to be more PremiereVision than Fashion Week, who loves the style of Brasserie Lipp, and eating there with her during PV it was clear she was not alone with lots and lots of black clad designers at surrounding tables.

          "Maceo" which is not far from the Marais is also a good bet as it is popular with the British design crowd. One wild card could be "Au Passage" which is really funky and very much of the moment - and it is almost in the Marais. Very young; very designer/media, but possibly more student than industry.

          1. re: PhilD

            I forgot about the other must visit duo for fashionistas are Le Chateaubriand and its wine bar Le Dauphin. Both serve cutting edge food in in rooms full of very stylish and fashionable people. Le Daupin is Rem Koolhaas designed so a few extra points.

        2. Boulangerie Malineau on rue Vieille du Temple has the best croissants in town, especially the chocolate raspberry.

          1. You might hit Au Petit Fer A Cherval,the coolest place in Le Marais..i think.

            1. This is a gem that seeks to preserve the dying bistro cuisine. Simple, inexpensive, fresh food served by a dedicated owner. It is a shot walk from Republique. Not to be missed.

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              1. re: law_doc89

                This is a very good, small restaurant. (seats about 20) It is out of the way, but well worth the trouble. The dedicated owner is friendly and speaks English. All fresh ingredients, the menu changes daily, and is written on a chalkboard. The prices are very reasonable. I had a dish of ravioles with cheese that were delicate, translucent and flavorful. Petites farcies of zucchini and eggplant were professionally presented and one of the more memorable dishes I have had. The confit de canard is made with their own confit, and it was the best I can remember for sometime. A Basque style of kidneys was also perfect. There is a large wine list.
                The dishes are large, and I skipped the deserts that must be also as creative.

                This restaurant seeks to preserve the dying bistro tradition of Paris. It is getting a word of mouth reputation that leads some to expect haute cuisine. This is not Ledoyen, but dinner here is 1/20th the cost, so keep your expectations realistic. If you are in Paris, make this a stop,

                1. re: law_doc89

                  Law any clue as to the name of the retaurant you are referring to?

                    1. re: hetook

                      Why do you assume it is a reply to your post? There is no "ref" at the top right hand side so it could refer to another post or a different restaurant.

                      I also would not say Au Petit Fer a Cheval is especially close to Republique, and it is owned by a company that runs a number of bars in the Marais (including La Belle Hortense opposite, L'etoille manquante, La chaise au plafond, and Les philosophies) so the "dedicated owner" reference doesn't make sense. And finally it is more of a traditional but hip bar with a dining area at the back rather than a restaurant so the description of a traditional Parisian bistro seems odd.

                    2. re: PhilD

                      Sorry, I do mean Au Fil des Saisons

                      I thought the heading would be incorporated into the post itself.

                  1. re: law_doc89

                    Hello "law_doc89", while the original poster's need has passed, I'll be in the Marais next month and this place sounds interesting. What is the name of the restaurant you describe?

                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      i'm guessing that law_doc is talking about Au Fil des Saisons on the rue Fontaines du Temple.... and actually quite good and "une valeur sûre... btw, it's in the Haut-Marais so somewhat insulated from the hordes of tourists and suburbanites that now flood the Marais proper

                      1. re: Parnassien

                        Sorry, I do mean Au Fil des Saisons

                        I thought the heading would be incorporated into the post itself.

                        1. re: law_doc89

                          Thank you to Parnassien and law_doc89 for the ID.

                          I've found the earlier post in this thread too.
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/371059

                          The duck confit topped with foie gras is calling me!
                          http://chezchristine.typepad.com/chez...

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                          Au Fil des Saisons
                          6 Rue des Fontaines du Temple, Paris, IdF 75003, FR

                  2. Way down thread, I would like to ask the home base of the boss and #2, their familiarity with attending fashion weeks and where and, most important, their personal eating preferences and styles. My business experience has been in the retail fashion industry, and I, myself, would not jump into Paris' fashion week hot spots without some degree of trepidation. As a first timer, I would probably seek out dinner spots where I would love the food and the ambiance without the added pressure and detraction of fashion week see-and-be-seen. IMHO...