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Postby meursault » Wed Nov 20, 2013 00:35 am

Can you help?

I need recommendations for eating, drinking and things to do/see.

I am staying near region 17 with the Mrs. for a weekend. Not bothered about anything too touristy.
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Re: Parisians!

Postby daviesee » Wed Nov 20, 2013 07:35 am

If you are anywhere near the Place De La Concorde, then I recommend this place for food:-

http://www.lescure1919.fr/
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Re: Parisians!

Postby Flâneur » Wed Nov 20, 2013 09:08 am

if the weather is dry just walk around and get lost, I've found some real gems this way. After I have had some coffee I shall try and think of some places around Monceau for you.
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Re: Parisians!

Postby DesB3rd » Wed Nov 20, 2013 14:45 pm

Had an excellent meal at L'Estrapade off Rue Mouffetard, to which I’d been directed by a colleague. That whole area (the 5th) is worth a wander of an evening, thick with bars restaurants, clubs etc.

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Re: Parisians!

Postby Capt Slog » Wed Nov 20, 2013 15:17 pm

Buy a carnet of tickets for the metro, it works out cheaper, IIRC it's a little book of ten tickets.

I also recall that the Metro was a bit of a bugger to use, it has a similar system to London in that it has coloured lines, but some of the colours were sort of pastel shades and we couldn't tell one from the other on faded signs. :roll:

I stayed opposite the Gard du Nord a few years ago, I always enjoy the Paris bit in "The Bourne Identity", just before the car chase as you can see the cafe we had breakfast in.
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Re: Parisians!

Postby Mikey23 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 17:20 pm

Tried to get away without paying did you!

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Re: Parisians!

Postby meursault » Wed Nov 20, 2013 18:39 pm

Nice one excellent info, merky buckets.
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Re: Parisians!

Postby sungod » Wed Nov 20, 2013 20:10 pm

definitely worth a walk up to sacré cœur, looking from the front return by the road at the rear left, you'll get down into some small streets with lots of excellent cafes, before going, watch rendezvous so you can recognize the steps at the top...

http://www.streetfire.net/video/ctait-u ... 064708.htm

wind can be bitter in the wide streets, i was there with milady sungod, it was bloody freezing, wish i'd brought more clothes to keep warm, but it was still nice to just wander at random

if you plan to take the metro, as above get a carnet, the tickets don't expire so if you have any left hang onto them, might be useful one day
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Re: Parisians!

Postby wavefront » Wed Nov 20, 2013 21:21 pm

Just spent the past year living/working in Paris - amazing place. Ok, you said you weren't bothered by the touristy bits, but I would still make time to got to le Tour Eiffel, and Montmartre/Sacre Couer. Both are stunning.

If you're there on a Friday night, try Albion, Rue de Faubourg. Fantastic food... Google Albion + Paris. It's also half wind shop so a lovely place to go. They're closed weekends tho.

Cafe St Regis on Ile st Louis (next to Notre Dame) is really good for brunch, lunch and dinner. Maybe not very Parisian but a lovely interior and atmosphere.

Head to Rue Cler for a selection of great cafés and restaurants - our fav was Petit Cler (I think) great vibe and quite a foodie area)

Take in one of the many fantastic Sunday markets?

Head to the Haute Marais for cool independent shops, small galleries and fab atmosphere. Or the Jewish quarter to see queues for good at the takeaways that go all the way round the block!

If you like cycling, rent a bike and do a few laps with the perpetual peloton at Longchamps race course?

Even with no recommendations you'll most likely find somewhere nice!

Have fun!

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Re: Parisians!

Postby meursault » Wed Nov 20, 2013 21:30 pm

Making notes on all these, TYVM.
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Re: Parisians!

Postby Rolf F » Wed Nov 20, 2013 23:06 pm

If you don't go here: http://uk.procope.com/history/ then you have no soul!

There's a 29 euro 2 course menu (35 euro for 3) which is excellent. Best steak I ever had I reckon. Properly rare - the only way to have a decent steak. Snails were good too. It's quite something.

For me, Sacre Coeur is a touristy dump and the church a Victorian horror. Mont Martre is nice though. For art, the Musee Marmottan Monet is rather nice and a bit off the more beaten tracks. Had a huge Berthe Morisot exhibition on when I was there which was a real treat. If it is sunny and there is no scaffolding on it, you'll be glad you went to Sainte Chapelle - but go first thing before the queues form. Conciergerie next door is really interesting too.

Notre Dame is the worst ecclesiastical experience I have ever had. There are large numbers of massive cathedrals in France and all of them will be more enjoyable to visit than the hideous crush of Notre Dame.
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Re: Parisians!

Postby Capt Slog » Thu Nov 21, 2013 08:56 am

As Wavefront has recommended the Eiffel Tower....

I don't know if it's as busy at this time of year but when I went there were massive queues to go up. However, if you elect to walk up for the first couple stages (might even be one), you can beat the queues by getting the lift further up and saving yourself an hour or so.

@Wavefront. I remember reading that there is a bit of Paris that should be avoided at night, can't recall what it was and wondered if it was true.
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Re: Parisians!

Postby kieranb » Thu Nov 21, 2013 09:50 am

well, we visited for a weekend this summer (to see the final stage of the tour, rented an apartment and did our own cooking as we are vegetarians so can't help you there) and spent hours in musee d'orsay, a lot less crowded than Le Louvre, you can go out on the roof at the top. Liked the pompidou centre and Montmatre cemetry is great as well.

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Re: Parisians!

Postby meursault » Tue Dec 03, 2013 21:08 pm

Quick trip report.

Had a fantastic time. Took a few of you up on suggestions, all were excellent. I think my favourite part was just wandering around, exploring, finding nice Bistro's and bars. Thanks to you all.

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Re: Parisians!

Postby daviesee » Tue Dec 03, 2013 21:54 pm

Nice shots.

Glad you had a good time.
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Re: Parisians!

Postby mamba80 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 22:12 pm

Beautiful place, took my Gf there for our first date... still together 8 yrs later :)

Glad you had a great time.


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