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Any tips for the 7th and surrounding area?

Any tips for the 7th and surrounding area?

Old Mar 18th, 2009, 03:10 PM
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More food ideas. As pisceantraveler, Christian Constant is a favorite chef in that area. He also has a "baby bistro" open for a few years now called Cafe Constant: http://www.cafeconstant.com/1.aspx

Very reasonable prices 33 Euros for entree plat and dessert (no wine)and one nice thing is they offer wine by the glass which sometimes can be hard to get.

Café Constant
139, rue Saint-Dominique
75007 Paris
FRANCE
Tél.: 01 47 53 73 34

They don't take reservations for less than a large group, so it is good to get there a bit early. They even serve breakfast-a very neighborhood kind of a place.

Also, one of the favorites of foodies in the area is AU BON ACCUEIL. Here is their info along with Patricia Well's comments

AU BON ACCUEIL
14, Rue de Monttessuy
Paris 7.
Telephone: 01 47 05 46 11.
Fax: 01 45 56 15 80.
Métro: Alma-Marceau.
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and July. 25 € lunch menu ; 29 € dinner menu. A la carte, 40 €.
You might call Jacques Lacipière a revolutionary. When he opened his traditional little bistro in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower it became an instant hit. In the spring of 2003 he transformed the tiny dining room into what might well be the first Elegant Bistro. The walls are wood, the recessed lights are halogen, the chairs are cozy, the napkins a pale grey linen, the napery a crisp white. The menu is still ingredient based --- fresh sole from Saint Gilles Croix de Vie and milk fed lamb from Pauillac – and the dishes are way beyond bistro, but the welcome sounds of good times are still there, and the wait staff still dons their black Bon Accueil work aprons.
The food and the wine list chart new territory. The food is light and complex, full of surprises. I loved the tiny roasted shrimp-like langoustines teamed up with cébettes – tiny spring onions – bits of bacon and a dark, rich jellied consommé. Fresh green asparagus from Pertuis, in northern Provence, sit upon a bed of tiny minced vegetables, showered with shards of Parmesan. A main course poultry – volaille du cros de la Géline – is first poached, then roasted, making for a bird that is both moistly tender and crisp at the same time. Set on a bed of creamy morels bathed in sweet vin jaune from the Jura made a traditional combination taste brand new indeed.
Desserts get points for beauty as well as flavor. The thin apple tart appears as a golden rose, almost too beautiful to eat, but we did. Served with a salted caramel ice cream, it made for a perfect ending. Equally fine is the tiny raspberry tartelette, with the plumpest and ripest raspberries set on a crunchy cookie-like pastry.
On the wine list I was delighted to discover Domaine Joblot’s rich, juicy, smoky white Givry Clos de la Servoisine 1999, decently priced at 46 € a bottle. Equally exciting, and beautifully priced at 23 € a bottle was the 2001 white Chateau l’Ermitage Costières de Nimes, cuvée Sainte-Cécile, a wine rich with the Northern Rhône flavours of Roussanne and Marsanne and loaded with pleasantly oily, mineral richness.

Finally on only a semi-food note I think the Pagode is open again. It is a very unique movie theater and also has a nice tea salon in it. I can't vouch for its status because I have visited it since the renovation but some folks here may know.
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Old Mar 18th, 2009, 07:08 PM
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Thanks for all the good advice. Sorry it took me so long to respond, but I was hit by a nasty virus Tuesday night, and am first lifting my head off the pillow and getting back to the computer today. EJ
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Dear gracejoan and stu dudley!
I haven't logged on since March and your comments about the Champagne apartment were greeted with much ballyhoo and jumping up and down with joy with the French Open on tv in the background. Joan, I'm your biggest fan and just re-read your Sept/Oct 08 trip reports which are fabulous. Can't believe how easy it is for you to make friends - you just seem to charm everyone.
We started planning our trip to Paris (starts this Sept. 19) nearly 2 years ago...now it's so close. I'm practically screaming inside and can't wait to get there.
Thanks again, J and Stu for adding to the excitment of arrival at Champagne.
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Old May 24th, 2009, 02:53 PM
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laurela,

I just returned from a month in Paris..you probably saw the running thread on that, too..April 15 to May 13..had a great time..many pictures etc.

Yes, you will enjoy the Champagne..everyone does
You have all the Christian Constant restaurants just down the street from you.

I am working on many plans for when I return on Nov 3 for 6 weeks!!

Enjoy your planning..that is half the fun..

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Like the OP, this will also be our first trip to Paris. Am also needing tips for the 7th and surrounding area - this thread is perfect for us!

Just booked Paris Perfect's Pouilly apartment for our June trip a few hours ago (yes, it's very last-minute: the Pouilly is the only apartment available in the studio, 1 or 2 bdrm categories), and am now eagerly doing my Fodors research.

After reading all your comments about the Champagne apartment, I would love to stay there next time.

What would be the best way to go to Versailles and Giverny from the 7th (separate days)? We're only staying for 8 days and probably will not have time for more excursions outside Paris. Is it realistic to plan on seeing all of the following or should we cut back and save some for next time?

1. Louvre
2. Ile de la Cite/Notre Dame
3. Orsay
4. Eiffel
5. Champs-Elysees/Arc de Triomphe
6. Montmartre/Sacre-Coeur
7. Giverny
8. Versailles
9. Delacroix Museum? Pompidou?
10. Opera Garnier

Has anyone tried the Paris Segway tour? If that's not too crazy an idea, that would sure be a hit for my two teens.

I would love to have a bit of downtime, just walking around the different neighborhoods and was wondering if I should cut back on our to-do list. Would also love to be able to cook 1 or 2 dinners in the apartment too. That means finding time to discover the amazing food markets mentioned above to shop for the ingredients.

And it sure would be nice to have a little time to do some serious shopping. Hmmm, maybe we should cross off the Delacroix and Pompidou museums and the Opera Garnier from the list? I sure could use some advice from our expert Fodorites.

OP: am so sorry for the hijack. Thank you so much!
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gelatolover--was not sure why this old thread had been revived, but now I see it does contain some good notes for your stay in the 7eme. I hope you'll get more helpful replies.

Just wanted to assure you that you will really appreciate the location of Pouilly. We just returned from a week in that apt. (after a week in the Marais), and found it to be an ideal spot.

I hope you do prioritize some downtime. We certainly operated that way---relaxing in the mornings, going out when we felt like it, then just seeing where the day took us. Other than a concert on our 3rd day, our entire 2 weeks were unplanned, unstructured and unhurried. Didn't make one single reservation for dining, and had some terrific meals. Ate in 2 of the Constant places by just walking in. (which is the only option at Cafe Constant anyway).

Enjoy the planning---and your trip, too, of course !
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This past December we returnted to Champagne for another visit - this time for 11 nights. We had the same itinerary that lifes2short had - none. Just enjoyed the Christmas decorations, the snow, people watching, lights on the Eiffel Tower, cooking at the Apt, dining in the "hood".

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Old Mar 12th, 2010, 07:31 AM
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And I was in the Champagne just ahead of the Dudleys. I then moved to the Chateau La Tour where the Dudleys and a few others got together for pre dinner Kirs (prepaared by Stu) and then went to dinner together...

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Old Mar 12th, 2010, 08:55 AM
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I enjoyed the Bistrot du 7ieme, reasonable price, good food.
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lifes2short: It's reassuring to hear that the Pouilly's location is ideal. The apartment's actual address is not given on the website, the only info being given is that it's "centrally located in the heart of the 7th".

stu: I would love to have plenty of downtime too, but with this being our first trip to Paris, we'd just like to do as much as we can, in the short length of time that we're there. The apartment isn't available for longer than 7 nights, unfortunately, but now we're looking at moving into another place for a few more nights. We're going to finalize our schedule in the next week or so.

It sounds like we have several parisperfect.com regulars in this board: maybe we can all plan a pp get-together one day? You can show us all your favorite haunts in your favorite hood. Meanwhile, please keep those recommendations coming, thank you so much!
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gelatolover--
Without revealing the precise address, I will tell you that Pouilly is on a short street that runs directly off rue St Dominique. You probably could have guessed as much ! I'm sure your PP contact will provide the address if you ask: there's lots of google-mapping, street-level-viewing and maybe even RATP route-mapping to be done between now and June. You need a head-start !

Good luck with planning your other accommodations. While I realize this is a thread about the 7eme, and I further realize you didn't ask....I still hope you'll consider trying a completely different area for your remaining nights. There are countless neighborhoods offering the color, vitality and vibe that would enhance your Paris experience and provide a nice contrast to your apartment area.
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I never realized that PP doesn't show the address (or approximate location) of their apartments. I find that odd.
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If you look on their website regarding a specific apartment, along with the other choices (slideshow, etc.,) there's a button labeled "location." It gives the general location.


We loved the PP apartment we stayed in (Sancere) and would go back in a heartbeat!

Enjoy

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I did see the location button but it gave the general location, not specific enough to "walk" around the street and see the immediate neighborhood.
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The Pouilly apartment is on rue Sedillot. Apartment addresses are not listed for general security reasons.

cw; go to google for street views via camera..can go up and down the streets..fun to do.

PP people seem to get together often...

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Pouilly is at the north end of R Sedillot. R Sedillot is a short street - near the "heart" of the r St Dominique restaurant/foodstuff area - plus a couple of blocks from R Cler. You will get the specific address when you make your final payment.

Here re the buses that service the hood. The N indicates that it runs in the evening past 8PM.

Bus Routes
28N 42N 63N 69 72N 80N 82 87N 92N RER-C Batabus

Bon Marche 87N
Ile St Louis 87N, 63 N
Jacquemart Andre 28, 80N
Louvre 69, 72N
Luxembourg 82
St Germain de Pre 63N, 69, 87N
Pl Madeleine 42N
Opera 42N
Arch de Triomphe 92N
Marais 69, 87N
Montmartre 80, or 80 to 30, 54
Castel Beranger area RER C
Belleville 63 (Odeon or St Michel) 28, 82 (Montparnasse), 69 (St Paul) to 96 OR 69 to 26
Train Bleu 87N, 63N,

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Good list Stu....all the buses I use regularly...can take the 42 bus the other direction too for Commerce area for shopping..there are buses to every place that you could want to go. Seldom that I use the metro anymore. The Navigo Decouverte is really great..never even have to take it out of purse..get on and off bus whenever/wherever. You get to see so much more, too.

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