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France for the first time

yvonnez | | Jul 18, 2010 01:12 AM

Hi guys,

I'm a Japanese-Australian in France for the first time. I will be visiting Paris from August 24-28 with my meat-loving boyfriend, and then to Marseilles from 28-30.

For Paris, I wanted to have a mixed bag of culinary experiences. I was just wondering whether you guys could give me some advice. Here are the places I think I want to visit:

One 3* Michelin establishment:
I have narrowed down my choices due to budget constraints and many of the restaurants closing in August to:
Le Bristol
Le Pre Catalan

I am leaning towards Ledoyen because of the location and interior of the restaurant looks so quintessentially French.

I was thinking of a range of these bistrots for dinner. Also wanted a good recommendation for steak and frites for the boy.

L'Ami Jean
Le Regalade
Le Chateaubriand

For this type of restaurant, how far do I have to book in advance?
I would like some more recommendations for this category. My budget for dinner is around 35-40 euro per person, not including wine.

Patisseries and sweets:
Sadaharu Aoki (just wanted to compare to Tokyo)
Pierre Herme (again, Tokyo comparison)
Christian Constant
Gerard Mulot

I know these are more cake/macaron-centric. Does anyone have recommendations for croissants and other pastries? I am staying in the 14th arrondissement.

Open-air markets:
I would like to have a picnic for lunch one day, where is a good example of a typical Parisian open-air market?

Also, anything else worthwhile would be warmly received. Thanks so much!


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