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May 20, 2014 07:15 AM

Recommendations in/near the 7th Needed

We are a group of friends that have rented three apartments for a 4 night stay in Paris this November. They are located at 12 rue Malar in the 7th arrondissement and two of them have gourmet kitchens.

We do plan to take advantage of the local markets for a few meals and then dine out as well.

I am looking for recommendations for the following:
- Wine store with good selection and prices
- Fromagerie
- Boulangerie

I believe there is a Monoprix in this area to purchase the basics. Is this correct?

I am interested in bistros within a 30 minute walk or quick metro stop where we can eat well without breaking the bank. Fixed price menus of 16-10E lunch and 25-30E dinner would be ideal.

Also interested in a great steak tartare in the area and my husband a daily fix of creme brulee.

Suggestions appreciated!

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  1. The 7th is not a good place to find €16-10 lunches. Our favorites in the area for a bit more are Bistro Belhara on Rue Duvivier, the newly re-worked Le Florimond on Lamotte-Piquet, Reed on rue Amelie, the no reserve Constant duo on St. Dominique . If you want to bump up the price a bit, Restaurant David Toutain is excellent and La Cuisine and Chez Les Anges are all good.

    Probably the most highly regarded fromagerie close to you is Marie Cantin on Rue Champ de Mars. For wine, I think Rue Cler has a Nicolas and Repaire de Bacchus.

    There is no reason for you to go hungry or thirsty anywhere near
    Rue Malar.

    1. For me Cantin prices are scary, metro to Dubois at Maubert-Mutualite
      Belhara great suggestion as is L'Assiette in the northern 14th, not very far from you metro Mouton-Duvernet on the 4 ligne.
      Prices are a bit above your level but very worth it at both those places, L'Assiette has no prix fixe.

      1. There are two Monoprix not too far from you. The smaller one, food only, is on rue du Bac, a block north of St. Germain. It is on your bus route, the #69.

        1. manguer, thanks, I thought I remembered one from my last stay in the area. The one I frequented had a large wine selection.

          Thanks everyone.

          5 Replies
          1. re: caviargal

            When I France I always think it best to buy wine from a place that offers advice and guidance. Not certain Monoprix does.

            1. re: PhilD

              ... though the 3-for-1 deals assure that by the end of your final bottle you've discovered your new favourite wine.

              1. re: PhilD

                We are fairly familiar with French wine and would not be looking to the staff at Monoprix for recommendations. There is actually a wine store on the ground level of our apartment building but not sure of their hours. Monoprix is a good back up plan as we arrive on a Sunday and will need to stock up.

                1. re: caviargal

                  La Grande Epicerie has an excellent wine selection as well.

                  1. re: caviargal

                    I too am reasonably familiar with French wine - but I find it helpful to get advice. Most supermarkets carry wine from quite obscure producers so even if am confident about what is in the bottle I usually can't tell a good producer from an also ran.

                    La Derniere Goutte in the 6th is very good for advice especially if Juan is around. They do deliver but not certain if the trolley makes it to that end of the 7eme

              2. Your budget for restaurant meals is VERY challenging. Offhand, I can only think of Le P'tit Troquet on the rue de l'Exposition off the rue de Grenelle ... and La Laiterie Sainte-Clothilde on the rue Bellechasse in the Faubourg Saint-Germain side of the 7th.

                For shopping, the very expensive rue Cler is your neighbourhood's shopping street... includes a relatively large Franprix supermarket. The open-air street market on the avenue du Président Wilson between Alma-Marceau and Iéna on Wed and Sat mornings is also in easy reach thanks to the #63 bus to and from the Quai d'Orsay at the start of the rue Malar. .

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                  1. re: PhilD

                    Au Dernier Métro is indeed a good option (and the tartare-- especially aller-retour-- is quite good) but prices have gone up to slightly above the OP's budget.

                    1. re: Parnassien

                      Since we are traveling with a group, I want to be sensitive to various budgets.

                      I have found a few restaurants that a subset of us will be trying for lunch and dinner but they will not be affordable to everyone.

                      Will check out Au Dernier Métro - thanks!

                      1. re: caviargal

                        My empathy. It is awfully difficult to cater to the needs of all people in a group. If it's not cost, it's something else. My hat's off to your patience and willingness to try to have every member have the best possible time.

                        1. re: caviargal

                          "Au Dernier Métro"
                          How much farther is the Cantine de Troquet Dupleix?
                          180 meters it says. Both good bargains.