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Paris for First Timers

Callea | Feb 2, 201703:50 PM

Hi everyone!

My husband and I are heading to Paris next month. We travel quite a bit and make it to Europe about once a year. But this is our first time in France, and we’re really excited. Also intimidated. But mostly excited.

Our approach to food leans toward casual and traditional; in Rome, our favorite restaurant is a trattoria in Testaccio. Generally speaking, we don’t plan more than restaurant meal in a day. We just (sadly) don’t have the capacity.

Our hotel is in Montparnasse but close to Saint Germain. Most of our choices, however, are based on where our touring takes us for the day.

I really appreciate any feedback! Especially anything that strikes you as a misstep.

Saturday (arrival day)
La Crêperie de Josselin
Ice cream/treats at Berthillon

Taste of the Marais Food Tour 11-14h (booked w/ Paris By Mouth)
Dinner at L’as du Falafel? Le Relais de l'Entrecôte? Should we make actual dinner plans? I have no idea how full we’ll be after the food tour. Maybe we should just retrace the walk and select a few takeaway options?

Lunch at Chez Dumonet (not booked yet)
No dinner plans. I keep hearing that we should expect a very filling meal at Chez Dumonet.

Lunch at Les Climats (booked) Presumably their three-course option
Dinner: Should we plan on a second meal after Les Climats?

Day trip to the Loire Valley
Dinner at La Bourse et la Vie (not booked yet)

Lunch at Jeanne B (not booked yet)
Dinner at Frenchie (not booked yet) I’m under the impression that Frenchie is a requirement for American tourists. Will they let us in into France if we don't have a reservation? :)

Thank you all for your time and help!

La Crêperie de Josselin,
Berthillon Glacier,
Joséphine Chez Dumonet,
Les Climats,
La Bourse et La Vie,
Jeanne B,
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