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Non tourist bistros in the 6th

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sharontho Nov 7, 2013 12:56 AM

We will be staying in the Saint Germain area the first week of January.
Can anyone recommend non touristy restaurants in the area?

  1. John Talbott Nov 7, 2013 12:17 PM

    "You need get out of touristy St Germain if you don't want to go to places frequented by … people like yourself."
    "If there were any, once they'd be mentioned here they wouldn't be non-touristy anymore."
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    OK, I was trying to be polite and not give my lecture #34b, which is,
    1. if you want good food that other folks are still finding, go out of the inner snail circle that is Arr's 1-10;
    2. if you want to avoid "your" people, eat at really new places not featured on Chowhound or the New York Times,
    3. And buy a Navigo which allows you to be anywhere in town in 10-45 minutes.

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    1. re: John Talbott
      mangeur Nov 7, 2013 01:03 PM

      And remember that most tourists eat their main meal in the evening...so go at lunch to dine with the locals.

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      VegasGourmet Nov 7, 2013 10:28 AM

      How about Thursday night at Maison de la Lozere for the aligot?

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        Ptipois Nov 7, 2013 03:32 AM

        If there were any, once they'd be mentioned here they wouldn't be non-touristy anymore.

        1. Parigi Nov 7, 2013 01:35 AM

          You need get out of touristy St Germain if you don't want to go to places frequented by … people like yourself.

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            robodog Nov 7, 2013 10:10 AM

            ha ha - so true. There a much bigger Paris out there, that is beautiful and frequented by real people, nice people and feels good. Too often visitors gravitate towards the Latin Quarter.

            Could this be what Groucho Marx meant when he said... "I don't want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member."

          2. Parnassien Nov 7, 2013 01:29 AM

            Saint Germain des Prés is one of the most touristized areas of Paris. If you mean restaurants without a high proportion of foreign visitors and suburban day trippers, you're almost out of luck, especially at weekends. If you want to avoid tourist traps with mediocre cuisine, lots of choices.

            To help us help you, let us know your budget, style, and food preferences.

            1. John Talbott Nov 7, 2013 01:20 AM

              I don't mean to be flip or mean when I say that "Non tourist bistros in the 6th" is an oxymoron.
              But let me throw a few out that certainly don't have the tourist flavor of some popular joints:
              Cafe Trama
              Pinxo Left Bank
              Agape Substance &
              Moustache.

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                Maximilien Nov 7, 2013 03:50 AM

                Unless it has really changed, Agape Substance is not a bistro.

                1. re: Maximilien
                  John Talbott Nov 7, 2013 09:48 AM

                  "not a bistro"
                  Sorry; I was spinning off some places since so often people use bistro, brasserie and restaurant interchangably.

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