I have been a Chowhound "lurker" for many years, but felt it was time to create a post for an upcoming trip since I greatly value the opinion of the Chowhound community.
I will be visiting Paris with my husband (both of our first times) for 8 full days in mid-July (arriving on a Friday and staying through the following Friday). We will be staying in an apartment in Saint-Germain-des-Prés near the intersection of Rue de Vaugirard and Rue de Rennes. I can be a bit of an over planner, but we are trying to make this a more relaxed trip rather than trying to fit in too much. I am also trying to prevent "food fatigue" since this is a longer trip. As a result, I have only made 3 reservations total for this trip (all outside of Saint Germain: Seb'on, Septime, and Le Chateaubriand) and am instead more interested in knowing about neighborhood "gems," "hole in the wall," as well as "can't miss" food suggestions in or near the Saint Germain/Montparnasse area. (No need to worry, we will definitely be exploring a lot outside of our neighborhood, but I already have some research for those areas)
We are adventurous eaters, but we would prefer local specialties rather than ethnic cuisines (e.g., I adore sushi, but don't want to eat this while in Paris unless it is spectacular even by Japanese standards). Bars, cafes, bakeries, patisseries, full service restaurants, markets, food carts, etc. would all be great. Places that would allow for walk-in with minimal to moderate wait or a short notice reservation are especially ideal. Finally, we are trying to be budget conscious as this is the first leg of a 24 day trip (yes, pretty epic!).
Any advice or suggestions would be wonderful. Thank you everyone in advance!