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Paris: Vicinity of Marriott Rive Gauche (14th arrondissement), Christmas week, on a budget

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Paris: Vicinity of Marriott Rive Gauche (14th arrondissement), Christmas week, on a budget

abstractpoet | Dec 7, 2010 12:44 PM

My wife and I will be visiting Paris (from the SF Bay Area) for a week during Christmas. We arrive on the 25th. It'll be my first time in France, or anywhere in Europe for that matter, so I'm very excited--mostly to eat, of course.

We'll be staying at the Marriott Rive Gauche, in the 14th, and would love some budget-friendly recommendations for that general vicinity. Obviously we plan to eat and visit all over the city, but it'd be nice to have a couple of go-to spots in the neighborhood, for when we feel too tired (or too cold) to venture far from the hotel.

We'd be particularly interested in any cafes (for coffee/breakfast in the mornings and/or inexpensive evening meals), bistros, patisseries/bakeries, and street vendors of note in the area.

Like I said, we do arrive on Christmas Day, and I'm still trying to figure out what that means in terms of places being closed, both restaurant-wise and sightseeing-wise. Tentatively, we're thinking about doing La Cagouille for dinner that night, because I believe it'll be open and because it's gotten several positive mentions on this board. Good choice? Does anyone know if they'll be doing a regular menu (with regular prices) for the holiday, or if there will be some kind of special menu (with a corresponding mark-up)?

We do plan to semi-splurge on at least a couple of meals, so if there's a great place in the neighborhood that isn't so budget-friendly, feel free to mention it anyway.

Thanks in advance for the help!

(Oh, and perhaps it's relevant to mention that neither my wife nor I speak a lick of French!)

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