2.09.2007

Metrocurean Heads to Paris

I'll be heading to Paris for a week, the first time I've been back since working there for a short stint in 2000. Back then, my extremely limited budget kept me on a steady diet of cheap table wine that cost about 75 cents a bottle (oh, the headaches!), warm baguettes, supermarket pasta and the occasional steak frites when I felt like splurging. I'm not necessarily complaining, but I am looking forward to eating in a few real restaurants this time around.
Last time I hit the road, your comments provided a wealth of information, so what say ye of Paris, Metrocurean readers? I'm all set on dinner reservations, but I'd love to know your favorite bars for cocktails or wine, a delicious little bakery you fell for, or any other great food finds.

7 comments:

Michael said...

Paris ,,, what a magnificent city ... I always stay in Montmarte at Ermitage Hotel ,,, 12 rooms about 100 yards from Sacre Couer ... but for a place for a drink, I stop by Willi's Wine Bar where you will hear English as much as French ... it's in the teens I believe on rue de petit champs. Enjoy!

Brett said...

Go to Au Pied du Couchon, 1ere arrondissement, right near notre dame I believe.. wonderful oysters/clams on the halfshell, a huge 2 story dining room- jus tlots of fun and very Parisian!

Kelley said...

My favorite city in the world! I give you four recommendations--the latter two I discovered during my latest trip in October...

1) best bakery: Poilâne--located near St. Suplice metro (you'll have to ask the locales for directions--they'll know--and it's rather confusing to find via map). Have a petite tarte aux pommes.

2) best hot chocolate (chocolat chaud): Les Deux Magots--go latter at night--too crowded during the day. It's across the street from the church St. Germain des Pres, near the metro by the same name. I've never had the food, only the chocolat--warning, it's 7euros, but worth the experience!

3) my favorite place for foie gras, olives, etc...: Da Rosa, epicerie-cantine--near the Odeon metro on rue de Seine (with Odeon behind you'll walk down St. Germain with the river Seine on your right. Turn right on rue de Seine. Da Rosa will be on your left). Share several small portions with a friend, and don't forget the wine or the foie gras with pineapple (ananas) jam! I had to bring some home with me.

4) and in case you go to the famous Cimetiere Pere Lachaise (which I recommend--it's beautiful and unlike anything in the US!): La Boulangerie. When at the Pere Lachaise metro, with the cemetery behind you to the right, walk straight down the boulevard de Menilmontant (I believe you have to around a turnabout--just be sure to stay on Menilmontant afterwards). After a few blocks (don't remember how many) turn right on rue de Panoyaux (there was construction/demolition on the corner of the two roads in October). La Boulangerie will be on your left, about a block or so up. It sits on a corner and is painted red and orange. You'll be surrounded by locals--order the menu of the day and a nice glass (or bottle, if you're not alone as I was) of wine. If it's not on the menu of the day, I recommend fromage blanc with fruit puree for dessert.

Bon appétit!

Julie said...

L'arbuci on the Rue de Buci in the rive gauche neighborhood has wonderful roast chicken. I was there ten years ago and I still remember it.

Amanda said...

Thanks for the great tips! I've got them jotted down.

Kelley - I've been to Pere Lachaise but my boyfriend hasn't so I really want him to see it. Plus, it's supposed to be raining, perfect mood for a cemetary walk. =)

And I'm off!

natalie@theliquidmuse.com said...

Hi Amanda,
I loooooove the bar at Hotel Costes (off the Champs Elysee, around the corner from the American Embassy). Velvtey - and I've had loads of French celebrity sightings there...

I spend most of 2002 and 2003 in Paris, and going to "Les Costes" for a glass of champagne was a weekly ritual for me and a few friends...

Tchin-tchin!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Amanda. David Hagedorn here. Since dinner is taken up, have lunch at Brasserie Balzar on the Rue des Ecoles in the 5th, near the Sorbonne. Sunday Brunch at Cafe Beaubourg next to the Pompidou Center and another lunch/afternoon at Cafe Marly in the courtyard of the Louvre overlooking the Pei pyramids. On a tiny street between the Place de l'Odeon and Bd. St. Michel (rue de l'Ecole de Medicine)is the Patisserie Viennoise for afternoon tea and incredible pastries.