Paris Recommendations

21 Oct

I have a good friend traveling to Paris for the first time.  I have been there numerous times, so she asked me for some hotel and restaurant recommendations.  I figured I would post them here for your use.  By no means is this meant to be a comprehensive guide; It is simply a few recommendations.  Maybe when I catch up on my postings for this year’s trips, I will settle in and actually post some comprehensive guides with recommended itineraries .  Maybe I will even start with New York, the city I live in.  Novel idea, I know. Stay tuned…

PARIS

HOTELS:

NOTE: Rooms will be very small in most hotels.  Very small.

Arioso Hotel – 8th – boutique hotel with cozy lobby lounge – clean and classic rooms. Under 200 Euro

http://www.arioso-hotel.com/en/photos.html

Hotel Athenee – 9th – boutique hotel  – Under 300 Euro

http://www.hotel-athenee.com/red_bar.html

7 Eiffel – Left Bank – 7th – very clean and contemporary.  Under 200 Euro

http://www.hotel-7eiffel-paris.com/district.html

Hotel Varenne – 7th – clean and classic rooms. Under 200 Euro

http://www.varenne-hotel-paris.com/en/hotel.html

Hotel Londres Eiffel Tower – 7th – classic rooms with view of Eiffel Tower.  220 Euro for Eiffel view on 6th floor.

http://www.hotel-paris-londres-eiffel.com/

Hotel Wilson Opera – 8th – clean contemporary boutique. Under 200 Euro.  Have rooms with balcony

http://hotelwo.com/pages/hotel.html

Banke Hotel – 9th – boutique design hotel – Under 300 Euro

http://www.derbyhotels.com/en/hotel-banke/the-bedrooms/

Hotel Ares Eiffel – Left Bank – 15th – small boutique hotel.  Under 250 Euro

http://ares-paris-hotel.com/pages/situation.html

Le Burgundy – 8th – beautiful boutique, but pricey – 400 Euro

http://www.leburgundy.com/hotel-concorde-paris.php

Le Belle Juliette – Left Bank – 6th – 400 Euro

http://www.epoquehotels.com/h.php/paris-hotels/boutique-hotel/h/bellejuliette/l/en

 Hotel Thomieux – 7th – trendy design boutique

http://www.kiwicollection.com/hotel-detail/hotel-thoumieux

Castille Paris – 1st – 250 Euro – GREAT location

http://www.castille.com/en/home.aspx

Hotel Keppler – 8th – beautiful boutique – Under 300 Euro – packages start at 229Euro

http://keppler.fr/en/

Hotel Le A – 8th – trendy contemporary (very white) – under 250 Euro

http://www.hotel-le-a-paris.com/

 

RESTAURANTS:

La Petite Chaise – 6thOldest restaurant in Paris

http://www.alapetitechaise.fr/english.htm

La Closerie de Lilas – 14th (?) near Luxembourg Gardens– Famous café where many writers and artists used to frequent. Piano Bar

http://www.closeriedeslilas.fr/

Vivant – 10th – Hip bistro

http://hipparis.com/2011/07/25/vivant-organic-wines-and-simple-fresh-flavors-in-paris-10th-arrondissement/

Rino  – 11th (46 Rue Trousseau, Tel: 01 48 06 95 85), keeps locals coming back for more with a laid back atmosphere, creative combinations, and reasonable prices.

http://rino-restaurant.com/

Restaurant Les Ombres – 7th – Eiffel Tower views

http://www.lesombres-restaurant.com/

Pramil  – 3rd (9 Rue du Vertbois, Tel: 01 42 72 03 60) is an underrated gem. Chef Alain Pramil, formerly a Physics professor, is a self-taught chef who uses only market fresh, seasonal ingredients.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187147-d815014-Reviews-Pramil-Paris_Ile_de_France.html

For more of a scene, go to Thomieux (7th/Eiffel Tower) (79 Rue Saint-Dominique, Tel: 01 47 05 49 75), an updated 1920’s brasserie.

http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/france/paris/review-137137.html

Les Bouquinistes    
 48.8551;2.34179 
  53 quai des Grands Augustins F – 75006 Paris 06  
 http://www.guysavoy.com  
  Distance : 0.7 km
  
Opposite the second-hand bookstalls of the embankments.  Go for the dessert!

Le Comptoir    

 48.85172;2.33842
  9 carr. de l’Odéon F – 75006 Paris 06  
 http://www.hotelrsg.com  

 This very famous bistro is more often than not busy and reservations are hard to come by..awesome food (steaks, pates etc)..see if you can get a table..if you can’t, sitting at the counter is lots of fun!

Mon Vieil Ami  
Address 69 r. St-Louis-en-l’Île F , 75004 Paris 04,  Phone 01 40 46 01 35,  Fax 01 40 46 01 36 E-

http://www.mon-vieil-ami.com 

This one is a beautiful..very quiet..very good restaurant right on the Ile St Louis in the middle of the Seine

Maison Blanche     

 48.865475;2.303335
  15 av. Montaigne F – 75008 Paris 08  
 http://www.maison-blanche.fr  
  
On top of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.  This is a very cool restaurant..great views of the city glass ceiling..terrific food.

Marius et Janette      

 4 av. George V F – 75008 Paris 08  
  http://www.viamichelin.com/web/

Very famous seafood…oysters etc..traditional..been around for years.

Le Bistro Paul Bert – 11th – Steak frites – Open Tuesdays through Saturdays noon to 2 pm and 7:30 to 11 pm

http://www.concierge.com/travelguide/paris/restaurants/2404

Chez l’Ami Jean – 7th – reservations required

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/paris/D41405.html

Jadis – 15th – French bistro with inventive food

                http://www.bistrot-jadis.com/

Septime – 11th – Inventive French

                http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/travel/restaurant-report-septime-in-paris.html

Le Servo – 14th – steak frites – need reservation

                http://parisbymouth.com/le-severo/

Relais de L’Entrecote – 6th (and other locations) – steak

                http://www.relaisentrecote.fr/

 Le Verre Vole – 10th

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187147-d719467-Reviews-Le_Verre_Vole-Paris_Ile_de_France.html

Sassotondo – 11th – Italian

http://hungryforparis.squarespace.com/blog/2011/7/3/sassotondo-tuscany-in-paris-for-bobos-b.html

More Restaurants:

http://www.bestrestaurantsparis.com/en/restaurant-paris/allard.html

CHOCOLATE: 

Patrick Roger – There are so many places for good sweet treats.  This guy, who has 5 shops in Paris, makes his own chocolate from bean to finished product, whereas most use pre-formed chocolate bars for their confections. http://www.patrickroger.com/en/boutiques.php

Chocolate Waffles: Grab a chocolate waffle across the street from the Eiffel Tower by the river and the carousel.  Yum—ME!

 

BARS:

Stolly’s – 8th –“Classic Drinking Bar” – very small but cool spot 

                http://www.77paris.com/stollys.html

Bar of Plaza Athenee or Le Meurice – Fancy drinks

5e Cru – 5th  – wine bar

http://www.5ecru.com/5ecru.html

Harry’s Bar – 1st near Opera Station – Classic cocktails and piano bar

http://www.harrysbar.fr/en/cocktails/

Any bistro or bar along the river where you can sit outside with a glass of wine and a book and just take it all in.

More Bars:

http://www.77paris.com/list.asp?cat=131

 How is it possible the I have more restaurants than bars listed?  What?  Looks like I need to head back soon and lengthen that list!

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