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Jun 11, 2013 08:51 PM

Paris December (Christmas) List - Opinions and Advice appreciated!!


We will be spending Christmas in Paris for our honeymoon. We got engaged in Feb '12 in Paris and cannot wait to return.

We will be there for 7 nights (dates TBC but somewhere between 20th and 30th December). I imagine lots of places on my list to follow will be shut and may not have released their Christmas close-down as of yet, but if you do know if any will most definitely be open or shut, I would greatly appreciate it.

We will be cooking a Christmas Day meal at our apartment (in La Marais, 4th) but would love a suggestion for a Christmas Eve meal either from our list or in addition to it. We don't want to spend more than 50-80 euro a head (excluding drinks), and would like to avoid inflated Christmas menu meals.

FYI - prices and notes are mostly just a guide for me. If they are incorrect please let me know! Those restaurants listed as lunch only are because they are much more affordable at lunch :) However, we will need to cut at least 3 off that list.

They are all "somewhat" in order of preferences, subject to your feedback (the exception being L'Astrance - we went there when we visited Paris last year, however my fiancee was very disappointed when I told him we might not be able to go again - we loved it!!). We haven't visited any of the other restaurants listed.

Lunch Only:
1. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon – Etoille – 40 euro lunch (every day)
2. Le Meurice –115 euro lunch (closed 24th, 25th)
3. Ledoyen – 100 euro lunch (probably closed from 22nd Dec)
4. Guy Savoy – 110 euro lunch on weekdays, must ask for it in advance
5. Le Cinq – 95 euro lunch (every day although probably not weekend, not sure of Christmas)
6. L’Astrance – 70 euro lunch (will be closed over Christmas, TBC dates, n/a weekends)

Lunch or Dinner
1. L’Ambassade D’Auvergne – 30 euro (open every day)
2. Chez L’ami Jean – 40-80 euro (closing from 22nd Dec probably, closed Sun & Mon)
3. Fish – 13 euro lunch, 35 euro dinner (open every day)
4. Saturne – 37 euro lunch, 60 euro dinner (closed weekends)

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  1. Congratulations but "good grief" - Christmas and it's not even Father's Day.
    I haven't been in years but there have been negative comments somewhere about L'Ambassade D'Auvergne. Check it out.

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    1. re: John Talbott

      I know, I know! But I have two honeymoons, a wedding and a new business to plan before that, as well as working full time. So dreaming of Paris is my stress relief!!!

      Bummer about L'Ambassade D'Auvergne - I must have missed all the negative comments (have read through them now). I was looking forward to the sinful aligot! May still pop past if we are in the mood for a comfort dinner as it is close by to our apartment but won't put it down as a must.