RE: Lunch in Nanterre
I have to attend a conference at University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense next week. Looking for some lunch suggestions - doesn't have to be fancy - just a good meal - or even a nearby market. Needs to be nearby - so "running into Paris" for lunch not an option. Spending a few days in Paris after that to get some good meals.
I've been to Nanterre half a dozen times for business meetings and we always end up in St-Germain-en-Laye for lunch which, I suppose, confirms the scarcity of good eats in Nanterre.
Not only is Nanterre a relatively new and unexciting suburb but the university is a large and rather ugly complex pretty isolated from everywhere else. There are some modest marchés volants on some days and the usual collection of mediocre suburban restaurants in Nanterre Ville but that's at least 20 minutes by foot or bus from the university. There's also a small scatterring of restaurants near Nanterre-Préfecture, again a 20-min trek from the uni. I suppose you could catch the RER from Nanterre Université to Nanterre-Ville (just one stop) but you might as well keep going another 10 or 15 minutes to Saint-Germain-en-Laye where you can find much better eating options and an ambiance that will quickly make you forget Nanterre's suburban drear. Lovely food shops (including A+ chocolatier Pascal Legac) on the rue Poissy and rue Pologne + a very large-- and good-- market on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday mornings on the place du Marché Neuf . All just a 5-min walk from the St-Germain-en-Laye RER station. And just a minute or two from the station, the Brasserie du Théâtre on the rue Salle (pedestrian street just off the place Charles de Gaulle). I imagine you will need a 2-hour lunch break to make it do-able. If not, you're probaby stuck with the uni restaurants and cafés.