Im going, very last minute, to Paris for two nights. Ive never been, and I am very excited.
Here is my list of definites:
Pierre Herme macarons, designer desserts
Laduree - macarons
Lunch at Alain Passards temporary vegetarian restaurant, Au Grands de Printemps
And possibly :
Fauchon or Maison Kayser -croissants
Anything missing? Anything listed that shouldnt be? Are there specialties at any of the above that I simply should not miss? What is the best time to go to avoid crowds (if possible)? I will be there mid-week.
Also, are there any cooking untensils I should buy whilst I am here? I am going to try pop by either
E. Dehillerin or G. Detou, just to look, but wanted to know if there are any things I cannot buy in the states, or of a totally different quality. I dont have any space in my luggage, so it would have to be special.
I have been a bit overwhelmed by the number of posts on Parisian restaurants on this board. Although I have taken down the names of some not-too-pricey bistrots, I think we (I will be there with two fellow-students) will end up wandering around and picking a place when we're hungry. Hoping we will be able to get into places, as it is mid-week, and not high season. Does anyone have any recommendations for picking a bistrot? Things I should look out for?
Everyone talks a lot about oysters in their posts. Paris is inland; is there a reason why I should eat oysters here rather than on the Italian coast?
And finally (those who have read previous posts by me knew this was coming); are there any traditional dim sum teahouses in Paris? Having read Alice Patis descriptions of Vietnamese buns, I also would be interested in Vietnamese bakeries too.