Week trip to Paris - Overwhelmed and not sure where to begni
I'm going to be in Europe next month, two days in Amster and eight in Paris.
I've been reading these boards (as I always do) and checking out various food blogs for great restaurants. After much searching, I admit, I'm completely overwhelmed and not sure where to go. On top of that, I've noticed a lot of places require reservations several weeks out, which would mean I need to decide on some of these options quickly.
Here's some info on what we're looking for:
-Lunch or dinner places. Would lean towards a less expensive lunch at a nice place than to their more expensive dinner.
-Open to any type of food imaginable.
-Would like most meals to be $75 USD per person or less. One or two splurges ($150 per person max) would be appreciated.
-Extremely open to street food/markets for walk and eat goods/grab and go shops/etc.
-Would love to hear your, best place to get _______. Not meals per se, but if you have any good info on other foodie items, that'd be awesome.
Thanks so much for your feedback!
As John mentioned, i think it is hard to track and try everything especially with such dynamic scene and so much good and newly added places.
With that said and as one always overwhelmed visitor to another "-) I think that first you should have to do some mapping of the daily visited places and what you would like to pair foodwise at that area. Also do it on bases of boulangerie, pattiserie, chocolate and candies, markets, cheese shops, ice cream, restos, food shops etc..
There are so many options in each area, i can try to summerize what i think are a must in each part, or at least were "the best" for me in the past.. But it is also very "area dependent" in my opinion :-)
Pattiserie : Jacques Genin, Pain de Sucre, Carl Marletti, La Pâtisserie des Rêves, Hugo & Victor , Herme.. But the list here is crazy, don’t hesitate to try other places that look good..
Boulangerie : my favorite is Du Pains et Les Idees, but not exactly for the bread.. but here again, it is area dependent
Markets : Richard Lenoir, Marché Cours de Vincennes is exceptionally good, Marché d'Aligre is very nice, Marché du Boulevard Raspail but yet again it is area dep..
Chocolate : don’t even think about not trying Patrick Roger, his stuff is ultra good. Pascal Legac very nice.. Great chocolate also of course by Genin, choco shops like A l’Etoile d’Or
Ice cream : Berthillon although the decrease, Amorino and Grom, le bac a glaces in quite good
Food supply shops : G Detou, lafayette gourmet, le grand epicerie bon marche, for me exactly in this order, and you are more or less set :-)
Cheese : Dubois, Barthelemy
Restos : I think that at least a lunch at Chez L’ami Jean and Le Cinq are more or less a “must try” for first time.. Then there goes a hugh list and it is better to use great sources like JT’s to get impression from reviews, pics etc..
Cheaper eats ? I liked Craperies like Genia and there are more “upscale” like Breizh etc.. I found nice options like Likafo (a bit “out of the way” maybe).. And there are many other French formula option places, by searching the board.. But yet again, surprisingly, it is very area dependent :-)
One very cranky, quirky, grumpy long since passed his shelf life's opinion, given before (PS Eat at lunch, all below are 100 E per couple or a smidgen more at Spring, Ze and the Tour: Splurges not my rayon.) Shoot away. (Oh, and, despite some desultory gunshots from the blogoskeptics - there are new places out every day that merit our attention - cf Petit Champerret, Felicity Lemon, 6 Paul Bert, Flamboire, Mamou - well, the beat goes on, doesn't it?
Best meal period.
6, rue Bailleul in the 1st (Metro: Louvre-Rivoli)
Open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday, lunch Wednesday-Friday
Lunches now 44, 6-course dinner menu 76 €.
Le Casse Noix
56, rue de la Fédération in the 15th, (Metro: Bir-Hakeim or Dupleix)
Has a variety of formulas, menu-cartes and specials that run one anywhere from 16 to 35 € for a meal.
Best of a bad lot of brasseries
Le Brasserie de l'Isle/ile St. Louis
55, quai de Bourbon in the 4th (Metro: Cite or Pont-Marie)
A la carte 35-40 E.
62, ave des Ternes,17th (Metro : Ternes)
Closed Saturday lunch and Sundays
A la carte about 50-60 €.
New and dazzling
2 Rue de Berne in the 8th (Metro: Europe)
Closed Saturday lunch and Sundays
Lunch menu, 29.50 for 2, 36 E for three courses, a la carte considerably more.
Classic and classy
Le Tour d’Argent
15-17, quai de la Tournelle in the 5th (Metro: Cardinal LeMoine, Maubert-Mutualite)
Closed Sundays and Mondays
Lunch menu 65 €, a la carte 200 €.
French with a twist
Ze Kitchen Galerie
4, rue des Grands Augustins, 6th (Metro: Saint Michel)
T: 01 44 32 00 32
Closed Saturday lunch and Sundays.
Menus: 26.50-39 (lunch), 80 (dinner) and a la carte 90 €.
Old and new
Le 122: Bistrot d'Hier et Aujourd'hui
122, rue de Grenelle in the 7th (Metro: Solferino)
Closed weekends, open for lunch Mondays-Fridays, dinner weekdays except Thursday and has an "afterwork apero-dinatore" from 6:30-10 PM except Thursdays.
Lunch formula at 16,50, menu-carte at 35 and 20 €.
On top of Montmartre
Au Clocher de Montmartre
10 rue Lamarck in the 18th, (Metro : none, Bus : Montmartrebus)
T : 01.42.64.90.23
A la carte about 35 E
Elegant but lively
14, rue des Capucines in the 2nd, (Metro:Madeleine)
Has a 42 E forced choice lunch "menu," and a la carte runs one from 50-75 E.
Wine bar/bistro a vins
30 rue Gay Lussac, 5th (RER: Luxembourg)
Closed Sunday and Tuesday and Thursday nights
Menu 28.50 €.
re: John Talbott
Thank you so much, that gives me a nice starting point. Would welcome any other opinions.
Additionally, for anyone else who may have some choices to share, would love some suggestions for really good "cheap" eats as well. By cheap I mean in the neighborhod of 20 USD per person max. I'd like an even balance of cheap/mid range, and a splurge or too. Thanks again!