Dear Paris locals and experts,
I have options for our short Paris anniversary trip with my hubby (we are foodies). I have more restaurants in my list than I have evenigs in Paris. Please, help me choose 2 best and not touristy out of my list on where to have dinner. (you can add your suggestion as #3 as well;)
So which one is better:
Auberge de Venise (3 rue Bastille)
Brasserie Lipp (151 blvd Saint-Germain)
Cafe Constant (139 rue Saint-Dominique)
Cafe Les Deux Magots (6, pl St-Germain-des-Pres)
Chez Janou (2, rue Roger Verlomme)
Falstaff (42 rue Montparnasse)
Ferdi (32 rue Mont Thabor)
Kooka Boora (62 reu des Martyrs)
La Closerie des Lilas (171 blvd du Montparnass)
La Cueva del Diablo (13 rue du Card Lemoine)
Le Comptoir du Relais (9 carrefour de l'Odeon)
Le Grand Colbert (2 rue Vivienne)
Le Restaurant du Comptoir (34 rue Monmartre)
Le Suffren (84 ave de Suffren)
Yamamoto (6 rue Chabanais)
#`1 Pamela Popo 15 Rue Francois Miron Is the best restaurant I have ever been at in Paris - you will be the only tourists there! In a little house on a odd side street with amazing food. Dont miss the Praline en Coque de chocolat - it is over the top!
#2 Kong 1 Pont Neuf Hip & Cool - great design with great Asian French Fusion food. Make sure to make reservations for the upstairs dining in the terrarium for a romantic dinner "under the stars". The top floor is a glass terrarium overlooking the river - really special.
#3 Alcazar 62 ru Mazarine - Great food - great atmosphere medium price.
There are some nice spots on your list & some touristy ones. Check out the web sites & menus on these 3 - I think you will be very happy!
Remember you can do lunch & brunch at many places.
parisbymouth.com is a great foodie site for discovering new restaurants. For simple good and not too expensive Parisian fare I'd recommend
L'Industrie - Restaurant. It's always bustling.
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I would try Chez Julien. It's not cheap by any means but you literally cannot get more romantic and the food is excellent.
Afterwards I would check out Cafe Pont Louis Philippe almost across the street for a nightcap. The food there goes up and down but the atmosphere is fabulous and it's as picturesque as you can get.
By the way, I agree that you should see Lipp and Deux Magots (and Café de Flore across the street), but not necessarily for a romantic dinner. All three are legendary but very, very crowded and noisy. The food is OK but not incredible at any of them and if you go at the wrong time they can have more tourists in the them than Parisians. Definitely go, though--they're all a lot of fun.
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