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!)