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    My g/f and I are going to France for a wedding in October. While the wedding is in the the Loire Valley, we plan to spend a few days in Paris afterwards. This is my first time going to Paris, so I'd like to see the traditional tourist things as well as eat some great food.

    I need recommendations for both hotels in Paris and restaurants. We do not need to stay at a 5 star hotel, but we aren't broke either.

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    you know you can read my blog for restaurants :-)

    my three (high-end) recommendations, depending on your mood(s), these are also probably Paris's 3 most respected restaurants right now:

    1. Pierre Gagnaire - i've had 3 meals here, one was the best of my life. experimental but not gimmicky, exceeds as textural contrasts, all in a grand, but somewhat under-stated, setting. get the tasting menu - budget around 300 euros/person.

    2. L'Arpege - not a grand restaurant, somewhat bistro-ish in feel, but probably Paris's most respected chef. the food is bare-bones but his vegetables are among the best in the world. his seafood is also excellent. the butter and cheese are *exceptional*. there's a "standards" tasting menu that's probably the best thing to - sky is the limit here for budget - figure 300 euros/person or so.

    3. Ledoyen - my pick for dark horse - i had one excellent meal here (out of 2.) the room is in a garden and this place is full of diplomats and such. the portions are HUGE so i would suggest splitting each dish (and ordering 4 dishes or so.) the seafood is the star. again, 300 euros/person.


    i have more picks, particularly for patisseries and snacking, that i'll have to dig up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carendt242 View Post
    you know you can read my blog for restaurants :-)

    my three (high-end) recommendations, depending on your mood(s), these are also probably Paris's 3 most respected restaurants right now:

    1. Pierre Gagnaire - i've had 3 meals here, one was the best of my life. experimental but not gimmicky, exceeds as textural contrasts, all in a grand, but somewhat under-stated, setting. get the tasting menu - budget around 300 euros/person.

    2. L'Arpege - not a grand restaurant, somewhat bistro-ish in feel, but probably Paris's most respected chef. the food is bare-bones but his vegetables are among the best in the world. his seafood is also excellent. the butter and cheese are *exceptional*. there's a "standards" tasting menu that's probably the best thing to - sky is the limit here for budget - figure 300 euros/person or so.

    3. Ledoyen - my pick for dark horse - i had one excellent meal here (out of 2.) the room is in a garden and this place is full of diplomats and such. the portions are HUGE so i would suggest splitting each dish (and ordering 4 dishes or so.) the seafood is the star. again, 300 euros/person.


    i have more picks, particularly for patisseries and snacking, that i'll have to dig up.

    - chuck
    Thanks Chuck. What are reservations like for these places? Couple days notice? Weeks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ag Surfer View Post
    Thanks Chuck. What are reservations like for these places? Couple days notice? Weeks?
    considering the economy, 2-3 weeks should be fine.

    other picks:
    - Pierre Herme - paris's most celebrated pastry chef, the macaroons are the star
    - JP Hevin - one of the best chocolatiers, try the cheese chocolates if they're in stock
    - Berthillon - best ice cream in paris, but you have to go to the shop itself (many places advertise they sell it, but that stuff is crap)
    - Racines - supposed to be an excellent bistro, very small, i haven't been, but have heard great things
    - L'ami Jean - excellent mid-range food
    - Breizh Cafe - crepes using some of france's best butter
    - l'Etoile d'Or - the best candy star in paris, if not the world, very very selective of the very very best

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    if you like sushi, there is a really cool place called Lo-Sushi, with conveyor belts rotating around the resturant and it pretty fun. also my favorite place for a french steak is Entrecote. by far my favorite place
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    For hotels (in no particular order):

    Hotel Ritz
    Hotel Plaza Athenee
    Georges Cinq
    Hotel de Crillon
    Hotel Meurice

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    Thanks everyone. It means a lot to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carendt242 View Post
    considering the economy, 2-3 weeks should be fine.

    other picks:
    - Pierre Herme - paris's most celebrated pastry chef, the macaroons are the star
    - JP Hevin - one of the best chocolatiers, try the cheese chocolates if they're in stock
    - Berthillon - best ice cream in paris, but you have to go to the shop itself (many places advertise they sell it, but that stuff is crap)
    - Racines - supposed to be an excellent bistro, very small, i haven't been, but have heard great things
    - L'ami Jean - excellent mid-range food
    - Breizh Cafe - crepes using some of france's best butter
    - l'Etoile d'Or - the best candy star in paris, if not the world, very very selective of the very very best

    - chuck
    fab taste! pierre herme = amazing. but i think you missed fauchon, though; my absolute favorite patisserie in paris. even if you're short on time, take the place de madeleine/rue royale off the champs-elysees and just stop by the boulangerie - it'll totally be worth it.

    in terms of an actual dining experience, you can never go wrong with robuchon.

    and, though i grew up an intercontinental girl, montalambert on the left bank is one of the best hotels in the world (not just paris).

    hope you have a wonderful time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by token View Post
    fab taste! pierre herme = amazing. but i think you missed fauchon, though; my absolute favorite patisserie in paris. even if you're short on time, take the place de madeleine/rue royale off the champs-elysees and just stop by the boulangerie - it'll totally be worth it.
    sorry, i was too full and just walked through it will add that to the list for the next trip (fall maybe?)

    i also forgot Laduree - not as "progressive" as Pierre Herme (flavors are more traditional) but, i think, the macaroons are just as good.


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    All the good restaurants have already be listed...

    Concerning the hotel, here is a romantic one > Hotel Costes.

    Concerning the patissery, Fauchon & Ladurée are good but just for tourists (like Fouquet's), I recommand you (it's my french and parisian point of view) Pierre Herme for macarons or Berthillon for ice creams.

    Concerning restaurants I recommand you La Maison Blanche (best view in Paris) or the Alain Ducasse's restaurant at Plaza Athénée (my 2 favourites spots to have dinner with my girlfriend).
    Last edited by Mr Jibe; 07-08-2009 at 08:10 AM.

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