I'm a Japanese-Australian in France for the first time. I will be visiting Paris from August 24-28 with my meat-loving boyfriend, and then to Marseilles from 28-30.
For Paris, I wanted to have a mixed bag of culinary experiences. I was just wondering whether you guys could give me some advice. Here are the places I think I want to visit:
One 3* Michelin establishment:
I have narrowed down my choices due to budget constraints and many of the restaurants closing in August to:
Le Pre Catalan
I am leaning towards Ledoyen because of the location and interior of the restaurant looks so quintessentially French.
I was thinking of a range of these bistrots for dinner. Also wanted a good recommendation for steak and frites for the boy.
For this type of restaurant, how far do I have to book in advance?
I would like some more recommendations for this category. My budget for dinner is around 35-40 euro per person, not including wine.
Patisseries and sweets:
Sadaharu Aoki (just wanted to compare to Tokyo)
Pierre Herme (again, Tokyo comparison)
I know these are more cake/macaron-centric. Does anyone have recommendations for croissants and other pastries? I am staying in the 14th arrondissement.
I would like to have a picnic for lunch one day, where is a good example of a typical Parisian open-air market?
Also, anything else worthwhile would be warmly received. Thanks so much!