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1-Week Stay in Paris in 18th Arr. Apartment with Baby -- Seeking Food Shopping & Restaurant Tips

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1-Week Stay in Paris in 18th Arr. Apartment with Baby -- Seeking Food Shopping & Restaurant Tips

sarahacrowley | Mar 6, 2012 04:56 PM

My husband and I will be spending a week in Paris with our 3 1/2 month-old daughter in a few weeks, staying in an apartment in the 18th, close to Metro La Fourche. We plan to shop for and prepare our own food a good amount, but would also like to have a few good restaurant meals. I have some familiarity with the city, but not much with the 18th. We'd love suggestions for local markets and food vendors (and places farther afield that are worth the trek), as well as recommendations for good restaurants that won't break the bank and are likely to be doable with a pretty mellow infant. We especially love shopping for fresh ingredients and prepared foods in open-air markets, so would love to hear of good markets in and around the 18th.

Another wrinkle is that I need to avoid all dairy and soy as my daughter has an allergy. I don't plan to impose that restriction on my husband and his friend who'll be there with us, so welcome restaurant recommendations even if they're likely to be dairy-centric (there's always nicoise salad!), but would also appreciate any tips for finding tasty dairy (and soy)-free things to eat. I'm thinking asian food could be a good way to go (although soy makes that somewhat difficult), and I know there's amazing middle eastern food available in Paris. I know about the falafel in the Rue des Rosiers, but would love to hear of other spots.

After our week in Paris, we're heading to the Dordogne, where we'll be staying in a cottage in Couze-et-Saint-Front, not far from Bergerac, so restaurant suggestions in that neck of the woods would also be welcome.

Many thanks!

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