Yes, yes and yes! I totally forgot about Poilane. Another nice walk is down the rue du Bac. Stop and get a little crottin de chavignol cheese and enjoy with a nice crusty baguette and a glass of wine.
Don’t miss the Esplanade, where Napoleon is buried, and behind is Ave. de Breteuil which is where the Musee Rodin is. My favorite museum is l’Orangerie, in the Jardin des Tuileries….here you will be mesmerized by all the Monets, Manets, Cezannes, Matisses, Picassos, Renoirs and Rousseaus…….just to name a few.
Another MUST while in Paris is to go to Ile St. Louis (behind Notre Dame) and have ice cream at Berthillon. The best.
I WHOLEHEARTEDLY second Brasserie Lipp….everything from the food (simple but absolutely perfect) and the bustling, frenetic Parisian atmosphere…nice service too…
Stop by Boulangerie Poilane on Rue Cherche Midi for the most famous bread in France (and probably the rest of the world for that matter). They also have wonderful tartes au pommes (little apple tarts), walnut bread (small loaves that are mostly black walnuts) and one or two other things. Make sure you ask to see the oven downstairs — a cave dug into the Parisian limstone with an antique brick facade and iron door. Hasn’t changed much in over 100 years.
I worked there 30 years ago.
If you’re looking for very high-brow eating, worth doing at least one (there are many in Paris) I would suggest :
Jules Verne, top of the Eiffel Tower
La Tour d’Argent, 15-17 quai de la Tournelle
probably one of the world’s most famous restaurants with a spectacular view of Notre Dame
specialty: pressed duck
L’Armandie, 2 bis rue Petal
specialty: seafood, especially their cold platter of oysters, clams, crab, mussels, lobster and sea snails. Sit outside and enjoy with a nice bottle of Muscadet sur Lie or a Sancerre.
And then for the ultimnate fine dining experience in Paris, there is:
Taillevent, 15 rue Lammenais
order anything, the cuisine will astonish you
There is a SEARCH feature on the upper left of the page under FORUMS. You can find a lot of info, as well as my trip report from May. Have a great time!
Thank YOU LleeChef, I can’t wait to check it out!!
A couple of more treasures in Paris:
Au Pied de Cochon, 6 rue Coquilliere
super famous in Paris. Serves food 24/7 in Les Halles. Specialties: ailes de raie au beurre noire (skate wings with black butter)
Brasserie Lipp, 151 Blvd. St. Germain des Pres
Specialties: Alsatian cuisine
Thoumieux, 79 rue Saint-Dominique
Spelciaties: Bistro fare.
I’ll think of more tomorrow.
Le Souffle is our favorite Paris restaurant. It’s a small, quaint, friendly little place with 2 dining rooms. The cheese souffle is wonderful, but for the all time incredible dessert of your life, experience the Grand Marnier souffle. You’ll never find it any place else in the world. Make sure they allow you to keep the bottle of Grand Marnier at the table during the entire dessert for a few extra hits.
Here are some suggestions I gave to EliseT a while ago for her Paris trip.
Roger la Grenouille, 26 rue des Grands-Augustins
specialties: frog’s legs, sweetbreads, roast suckling pig
L’Ami Louis, 32 rue Vertbois
specialties: foies gras!!! the best in Paris!! also the perfectly roasted chicken and the leg of lamb
Au Chien qui Fume, 33 rue du Pont-Neuf
specialties: oysters, shellfish, fish, charcuterie
Apicius, 20 rue d’Artois
specialties: everything! Chef/owner Jean-Pierre Vigato is awesome!
Les Deux Magots, 6 place St. Germain des Pres
one of the oldest cafes in Paris. Sit outside on the terrace and have a cafe au lait or a glass of wine
Greetings!! Anyone have any suggestions for Paris, we are staying in the 6th Arrondissement on the left bank for a week with two days in Normandy.
My apologies if there has already been a thread about Paris…
Paris in late September
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