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Your thoughts on Paris itinerary with family

This board continues to be a wonderful resource. I relied on it with great success to plan my first trip to Paris five years ago, and it is again proving to be a wealth of helpful information.

I would be grateful for your feedback on my upcoming visit to Paris. We have scheduled (but hopefully not overscheduled) our days with activities and I am trying to plan our dinners.

Parameters: I am traveling with my wife, our two children (ages 9 and 11), and my in-laws. The children are our main constraint. They are well-behaved in restaurants and one has a reasonably-adventuresome palate, but the other has only recently begun to willingly eat much more than pasta. She will be fine at any restaurant that offers a straightforward steak or roast chicken option, but restaurants with small, set menus probably will be too risky. We will have three or four dinners.

I also would like to plan one nice dinner out for my in-laws alone. They are world-travelers who appreciate and are willing to pay for excellent food but do not want to invest the time in a 3-star meal. Contemporary and/or asian-inspired preparations are a plus, but not necessary.

We are staying in the 6th, near the Odeon. I would like my in-laws' dinner to be within a 10-15 minute walk. Ideally the family dinners also would be walkable but we could venture a little farther out for the right destination.

I am thinking about the following possibilities:

For the family dinners:
Josephine Chez Dumonet
Mini Palais

For the in-laws' dinner:
Ze Kitchen Galerie
Restaurant AG

I would welcome any thoughts you might have, including concerns about the restaurants I've identified or suggestions for great choices that I may have missed. Many thanks in advance!

Jun 01, 2015
mdleo in France

Suggestions for 1st night in Paris

I'm now thinking that we might try to hit some of these choices (La Gazzetta, Rino, Passage 53, L'Agrume, Le Gaigne?) for lunch.

How long should we expect a lunch at places like this to last? Are reservations important (or taken) for lunch?

And any thoughts on these choices, either as lunches or dinners?


Apr 04, 2010
mdleo in France

Suggestions for 1st night in Paris

Thanks, hbfoodie! Maceo looks like it might be right up our alley. Not sure how I missed it before.

Only possible negative is that it is maybe to close to our "home base" in the First -- we only have 3 days, and I would like to explore as many different neighborhoods and areas of the city as possible.

Mar 31, 2010
mdleo in France

Suggestions for 1st night in Paris

We are traveling to Paris for 3 nights later in April. This will be my first trip there, and my wife's first in many years.

Here is our current plan for dinners:

Saturday: open
Sunday: Hidden Kitchen
Monday: Ze Kitchen Gallerie

I would love your advice on where to go on Saturday night.

A little about us: we both enjoy great, upscale food but also appreciate simple, casual food. I will eat anything that a chef puts in front of me. My wife is an open-minded eater (in terms of flavors, preparations, etc.) but is allergic to fish (not shellfish, though) and generally avoids red meat. The latter is more than a preference, but less than an allergy -- her body can't process something like a steak, but she doesn't care if food comingles with meat (she'll just give me the meat pieces) and on occasion she can eat small amounts of tender meats (brisket, braised short ribs).

We will be staying in the First, near Place Vendome, but are prepared to go anywhere reachable by a healthy walk or reasonably accessible by Metro.

Because we arrive Saturday morning after an overnight flight, I'm hesitant to plan a big, "marathon" meal. Other than that I am pretty flexible. Target price is probably about 50E/person, although I'm prepared to spend more if the meal is worth it and always happy to spend less. Given her dining restrictions, a menu with more options is preferable unless it's a menu that almost always offers a vegetarian or shellfish option.

Here are some of my ideas, based on reading the very helpful advice on this board (and other sources): Frenchie, Spring (if it is open), La Gazzetta, Rino, Passage 53, L'Agrume, Le Gaigne, Le Bigarrade.

Any comments on those choices, suggestions for other choices, or any other thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

Mar 30, 2010
mdleo in France