I've been reading the France board for a while and keeping track of recommendations but I would like some additional advice from those who know Paris well. We've rented a flat in the Marais, so will be rather centrally located, and with a kitchen so that we can take care of our own breakfasts at least. I would very much appreciate some suggestions for:
- Good, casual bistro or brasserie-type places that serve good quality meals (probably mostly dinner) for a moderate price. I'm not sure what, exactly I mean by moderate, but we won't be wanting to spend more than 50 euros p.p. on dinner, including wine. Location doesn't matter since we'll be close to a metro station and probably plan to walk a lot.
- One or two slightly more upscale place but not on the level of, say, Robuchon. I've been seeing a lot of mention of L'Ami Jean, Frenchie, Chez Josephine Du(something). Do any of these fit the bill? We aren't particularly interested in adventurous modern cookery but would appreciate delicious French food, prepared well.
- Great markets. I'll be doing more research before we go (late October) but I'm wondering if anyone has favourite outdoor or indoor markets - either the street kind of permanent. In this case closer to the 4th arrondisement would be helpful since we'll be shopping for food.
Thanks for any help. One reads all the posts and ends up more confused than before sometimes. I've tried to figure out what kind of food and price ranges are represented by the many recommended restaurants and it's not easy. It seems that most people who discuss Paris restos already know the places by name and reputation. I don't.