We are staying in an apartment on Impasse Guéménée, off Rue Saint-Antoine in the 4th (near Place des Vosges), from 21-27 December. We plan to cook a Christmas lunch in the apartment.
From my understanding, Rue Saint-Antoine is quite sufficient when it comes to food shopping - ie boucherie, boulangerie, poissonnerie, pâtisserie etc. and of course there is a Monoprix if all else fails. Are these shops of good quality and price or is there somewhere else I should go nearby?
How will I go shopping for Christmas Day - should this be done Christmas Eve or before, and what time will shops close on Christmas Eve if they are open?
Finally, I am horribly bad at French, and most languages really. I got by purchasing a few things at Bastille markets a couple of years ago. will the language barrier be worse in these shops or can I expect them to speak English?
Also, things like a buche noel - should I order this in advance from somewhere or will I be able to pick it up easily, and when should I get it (how well do they keep?).
I'm so excited about Christmas in Paris! And it will be the first Christmas I cook so there is that added degree of nervousness and excitement.
Thanks all in advance!