I'm visiting friends in Avignon and then headed up to Paris by myself from 1/1 - 1/6. I've never traveled alone, have only been to France as an 8 year old, and rarely eat alone! What a wuss!
I'll be staying in Montparnasse, and feel okay about that area, since I'll be returning to it every day and will have time to get to know it... but am looking for neighborhoods that are particularly chow-friendly for traipsing around. I'm sure there is no way I'll be able to pull my act together enough to keep track of specific restaurants. But any food-heavy (budget friendly a plus!) blocks or walks would be appreciated.
Secondly, and please don't poo-poo this, but my French is so-so and I might like to spend one evening in an expat-heavy area in case I get lonely or find that I haven't spoken aloud to anyone in a few days. If you happen to know of a resto or bar w/ an English speaking proprietor etc. I would appreciate it.
PS: did see the great post on 5th arr. and am greedily looking for similar