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best Airport resturant for our layover in Paris?

Old Nov 10th, 2009, 07:14 AM
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best Airport resturant for our layover in Paris?

We meet up at the airport on the way back to the USA from Poland. So, with just a 3 hour layover, our lunch in Paris is at the airport. Any suggestions? Skip the fast food, we would like a glass of wine with our meal.

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Old Nov 10th, 2009, 07:22 AM
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I have no suggestions for a restaurant but suggest that you have plenty of money if you're looking for a good meal with wine. I paid 1.95 euros, $3.00 for one chocolate croissant.

I think if you check the web site for CDG you'll find a list of restaurants. I've only done fast food -- sandwiches and coffee.
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Old Nov 10th, 2009, 07:32 AM
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Depends on what terminal you arrive at and where you depart. Fast food is about all you;ll have time for if you have to change terminals and go through security again.
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Old Nov 10th, 2009, 08:29 AM
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We had a five hour layover at CDG before our flight to Budapest and were in a secure area and it was a hassle to leave with any carry luggage. There were only two restaurants in the terminal(both were cafeteria style) and the food selection was meager--had looked forward to Croque Monsieur but neither place offered it.
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There really aren't that many choices, so I don't think you'll be able to pick and choose. It completely depends on where you are, I don't think there are any decent restaurants in E/F.
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First: the choice in France is never between fast food and a glass of wine. Practically everywhere in France that sells food to eat on the premises will sell you a glass of wine. And with only 3 hrs, you may well have to settle for a glass of something drinkable to wash down a pretty medoicre ham sandwich.

Second: you're limited in where you can eat. Possibly airside ("zone sous douane") at your arrival terminal, but certainly landside ("zone publique") in any terminal and airside at your departure terminal. There's nothing stopping you leaving the secure area except how much time you've got. Remember you've got to go through immigration to go landside and through passport control and security to return airside.

So given the notorious problems of connections at CDG, you might want to go straight to your departure terminal and make the most of the resources there.

Third: it's just not true that CDG has no decent places to eat. There are no pompous Fine Dining establishments - but there's at least half a dozen bistros and rotisseries, though most are landside. Go to the restaurant guide (http://tinyurl.com/ybvnmxs) and select your terminal. You'll most likely find there's really only one proper sit-down place to choose from, and it's landside.
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"Remember you've got to go through immigration to go landside "

Oops. Things change so fast, you can't always keep up.

There is, of course, no immigration control when going landside at Paris off a Polish flight (20 years and a day ago, who'd a thunk it?).

You DO go through a passport check (and of course security) when leaving Paris for the US. But you have to do that whether you go straight from the plane to the departure gate, or go through your departure terminal's lanside area.

The airside to airside connection might be quicker, but there's no more bureaucracy or queues going landside at the departing terminal for a decent bit to eat than you'd find staying airside and grabbing a casse-croute
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