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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

PLACES: Paris: Intro to the Series

A few months ago, my fiancee and I took a once in a lifetime, actually more like the first of many, trip(s) to Paris.  It's a city like none other, and we were lucky to go at a very special time in the city's long and storied gastronomic history.  We experienced what some call a revolution, and others the beginning of the eventual evolution, in the dining culture at the epicenter of haute cuisine.  This is the first in a series of posts that will run through our experience.  Hopefully it'll help anyone looking at taking a trip to Paris with some suggestions.

Our trip ran the gamut from restaurants run by stalwarts to to those run by rebels and from small outdoor markets to giant department store marchés.  Pretty much every place we went could fall into one, and possibly more than one, of these categories:

  • The Classics
  • The Wine Bars
  • Bistronomy - the new guard
  • Bistronomy - the old guard
  • The 3 Stars
  • The Markets
  • The Shops

While Anthony Bourdain had Eric Ripert, Joel Robuchon and a cadre of interns getting him into impossible-to-reserve spots for his 100th episode of No Reservations, I was left to my own devices which were (i) elementary-at-best French and (ii) the Internet.  So one thing I absolutely wanted to make sure to include in this series of posts is a thank you to the websites, blogs, etc. that helped us in planning our trip and get the most out of Paris.

We made it to 20+ restaurants, bistros, cafes, markets and shops and many of the leads were thanks to these guys. So thanks much for your unwitting help and recommendations.

To be continued...


  1. beautiful city!

  2. Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. What I can't forget about the place is that most gardens have pergolas for romantic walks.