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Lissa Poirot

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What to see during the holidays in Paris?

I'm heading back to Paris this Christmas (my fourth visit). I've visited the "big" sites and I'm now looking for the off-the-beaten-path places I should visit, and recommendations for great wine/champagne bars and restaurants that won't break the bank. Any recommendations? 

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  • Hervé Roussel

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    To add to what Maurice posted, I'd suggest the Christmas tree lighting at the Galerie Lafayette. It's the most anticipated tree lighting in Paris. Usually, a French celebrity (actor, actress or someone from in the artistic profession) will light up the tree. It's not just a tree lighting though, the whole department store will be in decorated and will surely put you in a Christmas mood. See a preview of last year's lighting and decorations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O6_J7Fuyfk&list=PL8Cy23EYyaGje0sqshzJvtlTa3nRjkl15

    For other lightings, see http://www.evous.fr/Vitrines-et-illuminations-de-Noel-2012-a-Paris,1179745.html (it's in French but maybe Google can help)

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  • John Sappington

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    La Galerie Vivienne is a great place to spend an afternoon in the winter, with shops and places to eat and drink under a beautiful glass roof. There are four places to eat and drink wine that spill into the Galerie.Galerie Vivienne

    Les Caves Legrand Filles et Fils is a fine wine shop that has a beautiful wine bar that spills out into the Galerie. Wines by the glass or bottle are available. along with some food. Not inexpensive, but very nice.

    Also spilling out into the Galerie is Bistrot Vivienne, a lovely bistro which has reasonable wines by the glass and a small menu that includes cheeses from my favorite Paris cheese shop, Fromager Marie-Anne Cantin.

    Less expensive and more casual, Le Bougainville is a simpler bistro with a 16€ 2-course lunch menu, and a nice little tea room called A Priori-Thé that has a nice choice of food, teas and wines by the glass.

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  • Brett Domue

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    Have you bean to the farmers market and restaurants of the Rue Mouffetard? This one one of my favorite areas of Paris, and I love staying nearby at hotels with views overlooking the Pantheon.

    If you haven't spent some time visiting the Place des Vosges, this is definitely worth a visit.

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  • Kamel Zouaoui

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    Hi Lissa,

    You seem to know Paris. I can recommand you few off-the-beaten-path places here in Paris. You can go to :


    Enjoy Paris


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  • Maurice PIQUELUNE

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    Any time you come to Paris for Christmas you should visit the 2 big department stores Printemps and Galeries Lafayette Homme.

    Walk for 15 minutes on the pavement along these stores and I bet you come back to the age of 7 to 9...

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  • Ben Lee

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    Brett Domue's tips are spot on I think. Something else perhaps - have you been up Parc de Belleville? Great views overlooking Paris. In terms of markets, I like the Saxe-Breteuil Market behind Ecole Militaire with great views of Eiffel Tower

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