DH and I are taking any and all suggestions/recommendations about what to see/where to eat in Paris. We'll be there for 6 days and we're staying in the Latin Quarter, right near the Luxembourg Garden. We've also got one day in Bruges, Belgium.
We went to Paris last October and stayed in the same area. There are a ton of great cafes near the Luxembourg gardens...You know, we ate at a few spots in St. Germaine but I don't remember any restaurant names. Sorry!
Try asking the concierge at your hotel, or even ask for reccs when you go about town.
I don't think you can go too wrong in France! We were just there in May.
We had a great dinner at Bistro du Breteuil, which is in the Place de Breteuil "behind" the Eiffel tower (easy to spot once you're in the Place). Really good, and we didn't hear any English spoken! I think it was 30E fixed price, and I think it included a bottle of wine and coffee (along with starter, entree, and dessert). That was our last Paris dinner, and every bite of both our meals was fabulous.
The other two nights we were in Paris were good too. One was at a Belgian chain (DH wanted mussels, and the concierge pointed us there). Felt chain-y inside, but food was great.
The first night was also great, though I have no idea any more what the name was. We wandered down the middle (there's only three that run in the direction of the Seine) street on Ile Ste. Louis (next to Ile de la Cite, where Notre Dame is). Threre are a ton of restaurants there, and most seemed reasonably priced. The one we ended up at had a 19E fixed price dinner, and was delicious (we picked it because it was the only one upon at 6 -- most open at 7 -- and we were starving).
If you want more specific suggestions, check the boards at fodors.com. That's where I got the rec for Bistro du Breteuil & to check out Ile Ste. Louis.
Have a fabulous time!!! And have an escargot or two for me.
=.=.= "Luck favors the prepared, darling." - Edna Mode =.=.=
Yes, this is our first time in Paris (first time in Europe at all!!) so we are definitely going to want to take in the major sites. We've got two one-day museum passes and metro passes for the whole time we're there. We've already booked an excursion that includes dinner at the Eiffel Tower, a cruise on the Seine, and a show at Moulin Rouge (very touristy, I know, but we figured it would be worth it for such a fun night).
Aside from that, we don't know where to eat, shop, which specific exhibits to see (we're definitely going to hit Musee Rodin, Musee Cluny, Musee d'Orsay, and the Louvre but probably for just a few hours each).
Thanks so much for the input. We leave in three hours so if anyone else has last-minute tips, bring them on!!
I spent about five hours in the Louvre and pretty much covered all of it, but then I was walking quickly (since I knew I wouldn't be back) and didn't stop to admire anything.
You should pick up a map in Louvre, and it will have the "big" stuff to see - Mona Lisa, etc. I'm sure the other museums will be the same, so then you can pick out the stuff you absolutely need to see and skip the rest.
I would highly suggest you get yourself a good travel guide. I think Fodor's includes a "What to see" page if you have a limited amount of time.
Thanks, Tandis! We've got the Rick Steves guide to Paris and phrasebook. We'll be sure to pick up maps at the museums. I've heard that the Louvre is a lot like the Met here in NYC - you can't hope to cover even a fraction of it so it's better to just pick a section and hit that. We'll see...
Hi!! I am leaving for Paris tomorrow and can.not.wait!!! I am so excited
I don't really have any recommendations since its been over 5 years since I last visited Paris, but my BF and I plan to just take it easy. Lots of strolling hand in hand, LOTS of sitting in cafes drinking lattes and people watching, impromptu picnics (cheeses and baugette! mmmm!), window shopping and walking all over the city by foot.
We are also staying in the Latin Quarter.......... Maybe we will cross each other in the street