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Eating in the 7th vs. closer to Canal St. Martin (3rd?)....

redhead Sep 6, 2012 04:11 AM

I have booked a hotel in the 7th for a 4 night stay in October but am rethinking this and need input. I will be traveling alone and typically like to stay closer to the hotel for evening meals. I love good food, but don't think this trip will be focused on super formal dining, I anticipate looking for cozier, friendly atmospheres. I love a good 'scene' being from Toronto, but maybe not this time around...keeping it simple might be the way to go. I realize wonderful eating abounds in both areas, but given my description above and short stay, can people weigh in on prefered location?


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  1. Parnassien RE: redhead Sep 6, 2012 04:48 AM

    Depends on your age, style and budget... i much prefer the 3rd and, although I might get censored, would like to sneak in a strong rec for the Hotel du Petit Moulin on the rue Poitou where I always put up friends visiting Paris.

    There was also a recent thread about solo dining... that guy was staying in the 3rd too... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/859456

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      Parigi RE: Parnassien Sep 6, 2012 04:56 AM

      I'd go for the 3rd too, from rue de Bretagne to the Canal by rue Beaurepaire.

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        Nancy S. RE: Parnassien Sep 6, 2012 06:19 AM

        I've stayed at that hotel and it was lovely.

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          Parnassien RE: Nancy S. Sep 6, 2012 03:13 PM

          and the concierge guy is a gem !! really knows his stuff

      2. Parnassien RE: redhead Sep 6, 2012 04:59 AM

        And if you do end up in the 3rd, you gotta try Restaurant Pierre-Sang Boyer on the rue Oberkampf in the 11th. Easy walking distance. Really really good contemporary French and just a few months old so noy yet in the guide books. No rezzies. Great bar seating and a chatty-kathy friendly vibe. And open on Sunday.

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          mangeur RE: Parnassien Sep 6, 2012 06:16 AM

          Can we keep this one under wraps until we get a chance to visit? Please? ;)

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            John Talbott RE: mangeur Sep 6, 2012 06:46 AM

            Ha ha; once it's on the web Mangeur, it's fair game.

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              Ptipois RE: mangeur Sep 6, 2012 01:38 PM

              That is precisely what I had done so far... Just for you!

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                Parnassien RE: mangeur Sep 6, 2012 02:43 PM

                But, Mme Mangeur, you had your chance, no ? The foodie bees were all a-buzz and we flâneurs were all a-flutter about Pierre-Sang over the summer. And where were you ?! Dancing the tango at some guinguette in Champigny-sur-Marne or munching boulets à la liégeoise in Lille, I bet. :)

            2. Laidback RE: redhead Sep 6, 2012 02:06 PM

              Both areas abound with the type restaurants you mention. If this is your 1st visit and you don't speak French then I would suggest the 7th. If you are a repeat visitor then the 3rd would be more vibrant. Don't get overly concerned as it is very easy to get from one to the other by metro; line #8 will whisk you back and to in just a few minutes. Enjoy both areas and get back to us with your opinion.

              1. redhead RE: redhead Sep 7, 2012 04:24 AM

                Very useful advice all round! It will be my fourth visit to Paris, but my first alone. I have only ever stayed in the 7 th, which is perhaps why I chose it. Perhaps le temps to try something new! The restaurant tips are great...especially Pierre Sang Boyer! Will report back!

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