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Christmas Day lunch in Paris

Old Jul 6th, 2005, 11:37 PM
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Christmas Day lunch in Paris

Any suggestions for a venue which would be good for Christmas lunch in Paris? We don't want "fine dining" as the rest of the trip is breaking the bank. We would like a friendly bistro atmosphere where our two teenagers will feel at ease. We are staying near the Pompidou Centre but location is not really an issue. This is a great site - I've already picked up so much practical info. for our trip. Thanks in advance.
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 09:09 AM
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 10:48 AM
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judy,

we were in Paris last Christmas and rented an apartment close to Pompidou Center. We had a simple yet good lunch
at Jo Goldenberg in the Marais. There were very few restaurants open at that
time. we enjoyed Jo Goldenberg and had
some music as well.
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 11:05 AM
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We were in Paris Christmas 2003 and it was a little tough to find places that were open. We had brunch at "Le Pain Quotidien" -- there are quite a few of those around town. Then we had a light supper at Cafe Delmas on the Left Bank in the Contrescarpe area. We like both those places for a casual meal.

Do be aware that Christmas Eve is a big "dining out" evening for the French. It might be a good idea to try to reserve ahead for that night.
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 11:17 AM
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As, well, maybe other ethnic restaurants are open...others will answer, but Indian, Thai, Chinese, etc., as well as kosher
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 11:30 AM
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I think I recall reading or hearing somewhere that Brasserie Bofinger is open every day of the year. If that's the case, that would be a marvelous place for Christmas lunch.
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 05:32 PM
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StCirq's is an excellent suggestion! Would like to add that Au Pied de Cochon near Les Halles is open year-round as well. Haven't been there but I did really enjoy my dinner at Bofinger!

Bofinger
http://neo05.com/groupeflo/flobrasseries/#
(for the moment this one is "indisponible" until July 11th)
In the meantime, you can comfort yourself with Reserve the Best's website:
http://www.reservethebest.com/_en_/restaurant.php?Id=53

Au Pied de Cochon
http://www.blanc.net/cochon/index.html
Reserve the Best's website:
http://www.reservethebest.com/_en_/restaurant.php?Id=67
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Old Jul 8th, 2005, 09:32 PM
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions - they all looked great. I have booked lunch at Brasserie Bofinger (couldn't resist that ceiling) and hope to be able to report on it in the new year.
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