I’m traveling to Paris Oct 23 (Sat. evening) through Oct 26 (Tues. mid-day), and then I’ll be there again on Oct 30 (Sat. evening). It’s my first time and I’ve done a fair amount of research on Chowhound, David Lebovitz’s website, Tripadvisor, etc. I want to make the most of fairly limited time, while bearing in mind a tight budget. For example, to me, a 30E dinner would be a small “splurge” even though I know it’s considered “budget” to others.
This is a rather long post, but I would really appreciate any and all advice.
This my first stab at an itinerary:
Saturday, October 23:
Dinner at Boulangerie Julien
See Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees
Sunday, October 24
Breakfast at Mauclerc Veronique
Visit a farmer’s market (which one?)
See Musee d’Orsay and Musee Rodin
Have picnic lunch at Jardin du Luxembourg (pick up food from Le Bon Marche)
Dinner at Breizh Café
Monet exhibition at Grand Palais
Monday, October 25:
See Pompidou Center
See Saint Chapelle
See Notre Dame
Lunch at Chez Dumonet (geographically doesn’t make much sense given the daytime itinerary; is it cheaper at lunch than at dinner? if not I’ll do dinner instead)
Tuesday, October 26:
Breakfast at Pierre Herme
See Palais Garnier and Sacre Couer
Lunch at Delmontel Arnaud (needs to be early so we can go back to hotel and depart for ORY)
Saturday, October 30:
Seine boat ride
These are some of the restaurants/cafes/etc on my list that could fill in my “?”:
--La Rotisserie du Beaujolais
--L’As du Fallafel
--Restaurant de La Cordonnerie
--Pain de Sucre
From Oct 23-26, we’ll be staying at the Etap Hotel Paris La Villette (19eme). On Oct 30, we’ll be staying at Hotel Agenor in Montparnasse.
I’d love to know:
--Which places I need to make a reservation at and when
--How much to expect to pay at the places I’ve listed above
--Any good places to eat near the Etap Hotel/in the 19eme…I didn’t find many recs for that area but it would be convenient to eat lunch closer to there before going to the airport on the 26th
--Best bakery near Hotel Agenor (22 rue Cels) so I can try to pick up some early morning pastries/bread/anything to take home.
--Best food “souvenirs” to bring back
In case it helps, this is my google map that I've been using to plan: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF...