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Paris in May- 4 days, 3 people, 2 first timers, and a budget….

shariberri | Apr 7, 201410:42 AM

Hello dear CHs.

I have been reviewing the board and food blogs for a while but am overwhelmed by the options in Paris. My mother sister and I are travelling there mid May to celebrate my sisters upcoming wedding. Should be very special, as it has been my sister "life dream" to go to Paris.

Given that we are only there for 4 full days (one of which is our arriving day, early morning), we have lots to see, and I'm trying to plan to ensure that while we are busy seeing, we also have planned food destinations. Of course this means we are limited to meals in particular areas on particular days.

I know this list is far from polished- but I am lost, and would so appreciate your advice. We don't mind spending money on a good meal, but that being said, the likes of Le cinq and L'Atelier Joel Robuchon are out of the question. I am looking for great French food- with meals varying from classic to modern. I want a great meal of escargot and steak tartare,not sure where that would be. On days we have walked a lot, would like to keep dinner a reasonable distance from the hotel, as I fear my mother will be too exhausted otherwise.
I am also looking for good breakfast options-which seems challenging since we are staying on the Champs… any thoughts on that? Please help!!!!!

Thurs (arrival day):
Lunch: Plan to walk near the hotel and to Printemps to let my sister enjoy the shoe department. Thought about lunch at Benoit.
Dinner: wanted somewhere near Eiffel tower (or walking distance)- was considering Chez L'ami Jean or David Toutain…

Lunch: Morning at the Louvre- need a lunch option near by (maybe Verjus for sandwiches?) Ice cream at Berthillon (if lunch could be near by even better)
Diner: Have requested (emailed) dinner at La Relegade (I know this gets mixed reviews- so if there is a better more consistent option in the same price range, please let me know!) If we can't book La Relegade would be looking for another option anyways, and location wouldn't matter.

Lunch: We are doing a food/walking tour of the Latin Quarter, and thought about grabbing sandwiches from Gerard Mulot (if we are not too full from snacking during the tour) and desert from Pierre Hermes to enjoy in Luxomberg gardens.
Diner: No idea… is Chez Georges a bad idea?

Lunch: Planing a trip to Versailles, will grab lunch from the market.
Dinner: Have booked Allard, but upon reading more reviews have second thoughts. Suggestions? Something special and memorable for our last night? Location doesn't matter.

Is it way too late to book at Frenchie? Also, my french is quite poor at the moment- will I have luck calling to book any reservations you might suggest?

Okay- have at it/me…. I'm sure you have much to offer in the way of advice.


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