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Paris - no frills, no fanciness, just lovely food please!

knclouse | Jul 30, 201101:36 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm leaving in a few days to take my parents for their first trip to Europe, and we'll be in Paris for a week. I'm a little overwhelmed by the massive amount of information on this board and was hoping someone might help me achieve a little clarity!

We are not fancy people, but do appreciate lovingly prepared food. We would love to avoid reservations if possible (would like to maintain flexibility, spontaneity), and definitely want to stay away from places where we'll need to dress up (will be spending a month in Europe and are simply not packing dress clothes). I could care less about what is trendy, and want to steer clear of pretentiousness. Essentially, we're looking for easy/casual + delicious French food. Surely that must exist?

Obviously, there's a ton of information already on this board. But it's not clear from many of the posts whether the restaurants discussed would fit within the scheme of what I described above. I would really appreciate some guidance or advice!

Also, we'll be staying in an apartment on Île Saint-Louis and plan to use our kitchen at least part of the time. I'd love recommendations for markets as well.

Thank you so much!

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