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3.5-day Paris Itinerary - please critique/suggest!


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3.5-day Paris Itinerary - please critique/suggest!

biondanonima | | Mar 26, 2012 12:35 PM

First off, thank you to everyone on the Paris board for your help thus far and your excellent recommendations on other threads! I'll be coming to Paris for a long weekend in April (Fri-Mon) with my parents, and we'll be ready to eat!! We're staying at the Best Western Louvre Piemont (ugh, but the location is good).

They are generally fine with any type of food but I know this trip they wanted to stick to regional cooking as much as possible. They also prefer an earlyish bedtime, so we'll be doing 7:30 or 8pm reservations. Other than that, the only things I've tried to keep in mind are that my mother eats no seafood, and that we're not looking to spend more than 100EU per person at any given meal - I'd actually like to keep most meals at around 50-60EU per person or less, not including wine. So, here's the plan as it stands now:

Friday: we'll be arriving from Venice on an afternoon flight, and we have tickets for a 7:30 shop at the Bastille. Parigi suggested a trip to Tartine for wine and charcuterie plates, since no decent restaurants will be serving pre-theatre, and if my parents are feeling up to it that's what we'll do. If not, they can nap while I go shop for cheese, bread and charcuterie myself, and we can have a little picnic in our hotel room before the show. If I'm hungry afterwards, I'll find something near the hotel once they're in bed. Le Cochon a l'Oreille or Chez George, maybe? Both are close by.

Saturday: We'll be spending the day at the Louvre. Would lunch at La Regalade St. Honore and dinner at Chez Denise (or vice versa) be overkill? If so, how should I swap, and with what? What about Epigramme? Au Fil des Saisons? I know these are not quite as close by but a nice walk or a quick Metro trip won't kill us.

Sunday: I'm hoping to do the Musee Rodin early, then lunch, then the Musee d'Orsay and Notre Dame. Last time I was at the Musee Rodin I had lunch at Chez l'Ami Jean and really enjoyed it - I would be happy to repeat, but is there another/better contender in the neighborhood? Then for dinner, I was considering Saturne, but I know I was stuffed to the gills after CLJ so I'm not sure we will need a several-course meal (lighter in style though it may be). Might a single plat at one of the Saturday options be better? Or an oyster bar (one that has other options for my mother)?

Monday: We'll be hitting some touristy high points in the morning, then I was planning to do lunch at either Le Cinq, Pierre Gagnaire or Guy Savoy (this is the one exception to the less than 100EU rule). I'm leaning towards Le Cinq, but would appreciate input (for a reference point, my parents preferred Per Se and Eleven Madison in NYC to Daniel). Afterwards, we'll probably go up to Sacre Coeur to catch the view at sunset. Dinner here is a complete question mark - will we need a real meal after one of those epic lunches, or will a crepe or another cheese picnic do? Is there anything interesting near Sacre Coeur? Another gem that I've missed entirely?

Thank you all for your advice!!!

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