Have a wedding in Beaujolais 2 October, and we'll be spending three days in Paris before heading south. I have been hounding these boards (pun intended) for the last month or so trying to devise a reasonable itinerary. Recently scratched the plan to spend my afternoon at Le Cinq after securing a reservation - too little time and decided against the price - and I think I have something that I'd like to share and solicit thoughts.
We land Monday morning and board the TGV Thursday around noon. Staying at the Marriott Rive Gauche (points) in the 14th. This is my 2nd trip to Paris and my wife's first. Price really isn't an issue, but we spent a lot on flight and will be doing a lot in Lyon. So pretty much just trying to be conservative without losing out on anything we "can't miss".
Monday - drop off bags at hotel and find ourselves somewhere to get a cafe and croissant. After checking in I was hoping to explore the left bank.
Although it's touristy, I was thinking of lunch at Cafe de Flore while we're in that area.
Right now we have 8:30 dinner reservations at La Regalade, hoping to start the trip off with a fantastic meal.
Tuesday - cafe for latte and croissant (I like big breakfasts so I might get some food in hotel before leave...Gold member so I'm assuming we'll get executive level). Day is dedicated to try and cover Champs Ellyses, Arc de Triomphe, and that area.
Plan is to grab lunch at Marche des Enfants and head to the nearest park or water. Would love some ideas or thoughts on that.
Reservations at 8:30 for l'Ami Jean. I'm concerned that this might be too similar to La Regalade? Perhaps the only reason I say that is the rice pudding aspect, but I'm sure the food is different? Would we benefit from trying a different scene? Brasserie/Gastropub/Bistro?? I'm sort of confused so thoughts are welcome!
Wednesday - after spending the morning exploring Canal Saint Martin, Marais, etc I am hoping to go to le Verre Vole for wine and lunch.
We are still waiting to see if we can get into Frenchie for dinner (marriott has been making our reservations). After dinner we will be spending the rest of the evening in Montmarte.
So that's what I've got so far. What sent me here to further confuse myself with various opinions was the whole Regalade-Chez l'Ami Jean-Frenchie dinner lineup, so I'm wondering if anyone has comments there. If I were advised on what to order at these places to keep them distinct that might help. Or did I leave out a dining experience that we'd appreciate more. It's more than just amazing food - it's the Parisian vibe that we want to really capture during our short visit.
Luckily I have a few weeks so let's see how things go. Really looking forward to your responses!