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Overwhelmed by choices! Where MUST we eat for our one week (perhaps ever) in Paris?

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Overwhelmed by choices! Where MUST we eat for our one week (perhaps ever) in Paris?

Beckyleach | Aug 12, 2011 06:13 PM

Oh, please forgive me, this has been asked before, I know...but there are so many suggestions floating around, my head is spinning. In October, my husband and I will be taking our long-delayed honeymoon (I'd say 31 years is a delay, wouldn't you? ;-) trip to Paris. I last went in 1976; my husband has never been. Given our modest lifestyle, we may never be able to return.

SO, I'm humbly seeking your list of can't miss eating experiences. We will be staying in an apartment in the Marais district. We'll probably be moving around the city a lot during the day (so lunch suggestions---and we're not adverse to making lunch our "big meal"--could be anywhere in the center city) but probably would prefer someplace closer to the apartment for dinners. We are adventuresome eaters; have no aversions. BUT we are hoping the majority of our meals will "traditional" French ones--Breton style, Provencal, Parisian, Alsatian...both seafood and meat, etc.

I'm budgeting up to $200 Euros per person, per day, for everything (transportation, sightseeing, and meals) but we can eat cheaply some days, to make room for splurges on others. So, consider this a request for a Paris Bucket List, of sorts:

IF you had one week to taste Paris--the humble and the almost grand (can't afford grand), the sidewalk cafes and the food stands, venerable old restaurants and up and coming ones, which would you recommend? We don't need to be cutting edge, but we don't want to be Snookered Tourists, either. Atmosphere is nice, but delicious food prepared with integrity is better.

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