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Paris again after 8 years - itinerary thoughts?

themandy | Apr 14, 201803:54 PM

Hi there! My husband and I are returning to Paris for the first time in 8 years next month. This board was an amazing resource for us way back then (loved Ze Kitchen Galerie and Le Reminet), so I thought I'd stop back by before this trip. A little about us- we're a mid-30s/early 40s couple from Alabama who travel with food and drink as our primary focus. We prefer convivial over formal atmospheres where we dine. We like all sorts of cuisines; nothing is off the table (except American southern food, as we get plenty of that here). Good wine and/or cocktails are also a priority.

We are arriving on a Friday morning and staying in the 3rd. Here's the itinerary so far, including holes that need to be filled.

Friday lunch - L'Enfants du Marche (need something that doesn't require reservations, and this practically across the street from our place)
Friday dinner - Open, need somewhere with no reservations required, preferably casual where a full 3 course isn't necessary. I'm thinking we might bounce around wine/cocktail bars. Our apartment is very close to Candelaria and the Red Door.
Saturday lunch - Paris By Mouth Marais tour
Saturday dinner - Open, thinking of a bistro like Le Villaret or Bistrot Paul Bert. Any other suggestions for this type of experience? Any neighborhood is fine. Good wine is a must.
Sunday lunch - Something light and inexpensive, maybe Miznon or Cafe Mericourt?
Sunday dinner - Pierre Sang Signature
Monday lunch - Mokonuts
Monday dinner - Would like Septime, but doubt that'll happen. Is it even worth trying anymore? We've not been to the 18th- maybe something there instead? Or something else from my list that's open Monday

Tuesday we're off to Chinon for a few days; we'll be back to Paris on Friday afternoon.

Friday dinner - wine bar hopping again
Saturday lunch - Baieta or L'Arcane for our last big meal
Saturday dinner - Something early in the 12th because we have an early Sunday flight. What's good around the Marche d'Aligre?

For wine bars, I have Clamato, Cave du Paul Bert, Septime la Cave, and La Buvette on the list. Any others I should add? I also have these on my list if I can fit them in somewhere.

Desnoyez
Grive
Korus
Racines
Eels

Any thoughts/suggestions/must-dos/must-not-dos on my plan so far? I appreciate all the great input you all give on this board (and in blogs). Already looking forward to writing up a trip report when we return!

Candelaria,
Little Red Door,
Le Villaret,
L’ecailler du bistrot,
Miznon,
Café Méricourt,
Signature by Pierre Sang,
Mokonuts,
Septime,
Baieta,
L'Arcane,
Clamato,
La Cave Du Paul Bert,
La Buvette,
Le Desnoyez,
Grive,
Restaurant Korus,
Racines,
Restaurant eels,
Ze Kitchen Galerie,
Le Reminet
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