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Sep 26, 2013 08:57 AM

Lunch near Vanves flea market

Does anyone have a go-to place near the Vanves flea market...even a cafe or bistrot, for a quick Saturday or Sunday lunch?

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  1. My first question is "Why?" The Vanves market is not that large. You can do it easily in a couple of hours. In by 10, out by noon and off to better pastures. Take #58 bus north to Odeon/Seine area. Lunch at Semilla, Fish, even Ralph or La Societé. The area is chock-a-block with decent options.

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    1. re: mangeur

      I agree. The request is self-defeatingly micro-managerial, not to mention so antithetic to the real Scott & Zelda's MO.

    2. Not much in the immediate vicinity of the Porte de Vanves flea market. But rue Didot just north of the market tends to be my go-to street when in this part of the 14th:
      Le 14 Juillet on rue Didot @ Villa Duthy ... time-warp kinda place... great supions grillés for a light lunch... closed Sunday;
      Aux Vignobles du Plaisir just across the street from le 14 Juillet... wine bar with charcuterie and cheese platters... closed Sun;
      Les Artistes on rue Didot @ rue Jacquier... neighbourhood café-brasserie/ local hangout ... continuous hours... open 7/7.

      All are a 5- to 10-min walk from the flea market.

      I'm a great advocate of exploring whatever quartier you happen to find yourself rather than returning to a more familiar and rutted path.

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      1. re: Parnassien

        I thought this request might cause some blow back. Mangeur, we have oftened stayed in the rue Buci area and have done exactly as you suggest, take the bus back there. And Parigi, even S&Z like to explore the unbeaten path. We are not too familiar with that area, thus my question to this board of experts.

        My question was in the same spirit as Parnassien's comment, " explore whatever quartier you're in." Thanks.

        1. re: ScottnZelda

          I'm with you Scott and Zelda and Hem and Gertrude too for that matter, too bad Jin Xin Lou is closed weekends; is Les Petits Plats, Rue des Plantes, too far? - it's great.

          1. re: John Talbott

            Strong second for Les Petits Plats.

            1. re: mangeur

              Thanks, JT and Mangeur! Looks great! Hopefully I won't have too many purchases to carry. But DH will be along to help. And he should be rewarded for his patience with a nice lunch. Other lunches will be at Le Cinq and Goust, dinner at Spring (all booked) Also plan on Mary Celeste, Le Villaret (a fave from my last trip) and others TBD.
              We wouldn't have found Les Petits Plats without your help in answering my question.

              1. re: ScottnZelda

                If you ever have dinner at our house, I will make sure that I use some of the "large", "heavy", "breakable" pieces that I have hauled across Paris and the Atlantic. Don't they say "No pain, no gain"? Have a ball!

                1. re: mangeur

                  Mangeur, a person after my own heart! I always pack an empty suitcase. You never know what you might "need" until you see it.