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Jun 27, 2012 04:46 AM

Paris this weekend - dinners sorted, need breakfast & lunch ideas

We arrive in Paris on Friday evening, staying at Le Meurice. Booked dinner at Les Papilles Friday night, Les Jalles Saturday night, and Breizh Cafe for a late lunch on Sunday. Just need to fill in the gaps.
Would be good to have breakfast near(ish) the hotel, thereby avoiding the €40 for a Le Meurice croissant, ideally somewhere with ridiculously good hot chocolate. Don't mind walking and/or picking up bits and pieces to go sit in the park. Just don't want to necessarily go to the first place we pass (Angelina seems not to have covered itself in glory recently). NB. By breakfast, I mean the continental variety, as opposed to "Full English".
We will probably spend much of the day on Saturday in/around the St Germain area so suggestions for a casual place to have a lovely glass of wine and a light lunch would be very much appreciated.
And given that St G is the plan for Sat, is it worth going all the way to Bread & Roses for breakfast and working our way back from there?

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  1. I still love the hot chocolate at Deux Magots. I know it's a touristy spot at times, but that cup of thick soup-like deliciousness still makes me smile.

    1. Le Nemours is a nice spot for breakfast, or afternoon coffee, or pre-dinner drink. And it is quite near you. Any picnic spot that entails my crossing town defeates the purpose, me thinks, but that's because I am always comatose before my first cup of morning coffee.
      One major resto meal a day is quite enough. For me overeating always means less enjoyment instead of more.
      If you are in St Germain Saturday, why not get picnic food at Marché Maubert in the morning (check Maubert market days) or cold cuts from Oteiza, then picnic by the Seine?

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      1. re: Parigi

        Thank you. You do talk sense. Le Nemours should set us up nicely for the day.
        And, yes, agreed on the overeating. Just need to eat enough during the day to overcome the massive gravitational pull of the bread basket come dinner time. Picnic should be perfect!

      2. Go to Jacques Genin at 133 Rue de Turenne. Great chocolate chaud, millefeuille, tart au citron, and caramel. Big comfy seats, plenty of room.

        Last time in Bread and Roses,there were no French speakers, if this matters to you.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          Yes, thank you, have been trying to figure out a way to fit Jacques Genin into the whole picture. Is it too late to start a campaign for Sunday opening??
          I hear what you're saying on B&R. I guess the clue is in the name...

          1. re: Cordeliaflyte

            Genin can be very busy on weekends. We waited half an hour in line on a Sunday before giving up and going back on a weekday when it was half empty. Another place where you can sit down and have a chocolate/tea/coffee and pastry is Un Dimanche a Paris. I also really like Cafe Pouchkine but there are only a few counter seats here.

            1. re: Cordeliaflyte

              Ble Sucre on Rue Antoine Vallon near Place Aligre has 10 seats outside and was delightful sans chocolate chaud.

          2. Check out the limited menu at the Meurice bar, superb sandwiches etc at prices to match. Le Castiglione, just down the street, is a favorite high-end cafe where you can eat at the bar or in the bar area. Chez Flottes is a few blocks away where you can be served in the bar area throughout the day. All of those mentioned have menus online.

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            1. re: Oakglen

              I love breakfast (and lunch) at Cuisine de Bar in the 6th next to Pain Poilane: They do great tartines, hot chocolate etc for breakfast and excellent open faced toasted sandwiches with a side salad and delicious tart for lunch.

              1. re: ausfrench

                And you can go across the street to IL Bisonte, for leather.

            2. Angelina's is perfectly fine for a somewhat superior cup of hot chocolate and some breakfast goodies. The problems there come later in the day. Jean-Paul Hévin on the rue St-Honoré probably has the quartier's best hot chocolate but, unfortunately, not open at breakfast time. Oakglen's Le Castiglione on the rue St Honoré and Parigi's le Nemours next to the Comédie Française are also breakfast worthy. I'd also try potluck on the place du Marche St-Honoré... le Pain Quotidien is not bad even if it is a chain. You can also stroll across the Tuileries (from the rue Castiglione entrance) and then across the footbridge or the Pont Royal to the Left Bank for La Frégate on the rue du Bac/ quai Voltaire.

              In St Germain des Prés, I think the best hot chocolate (at breakfast time) can be found at Café aux Deux Magots and Café de Flore (also my choice if I'm adding a little protein to my breakfast). Un Dimanche à Paris is another hot chocolate heaven but its salon de thé section is not open for breakfast. Since it's on my way to work, I've got lots of frequent flier miles at Bread & Roses... and love it... the best pain au chocolat in Paris! Later in the day, it's a stop on some sort of gourmet walking tour so gaggles of gawking tourists sometimes get in the way but in the early morning, no problem. I also like breakfast at Café Tournon on the rue Tournon, the terrace of Bonpoint store's in-house restaurant (but doesn't open until 10am) on the rue Tournon, and Au Petit Suisse on the rue Vaugirard/ rue Médicis. For picnics, the Square Récamier (now re-baptised with another name I can never remember) at the end of the rue Récamier off the rue Sèvres and the Jardin Catherine Labouré off the rue Babylone make great retreats from the bustle of designer ghetto shopping.