Fab restaurant for single in Paris

Apr 4th, 2002, 09:25 AM
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Tracey
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Fab restaurant for single in Paris

Now that I've gotten the hotel and sight seeing agenda organized - can anyone recommend a great restaurant that a single American woman (37) would be comfortable in ?? Or is that even an issue in Paris? I want to do one fabulous memorable meal, whether lunch or dinner doesn't matter, just food and atmosphere!
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 11:57 AM
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Single diners are not an issue in Paris. I've had fantastic meals at the following restaurants (I'm leaving out ethnic restaurants, as I'm assuming you're looking for a "french" experience, n'est-ce pas?):

Le Bouteille d'Or, on quai Montebello - get a table by a window for a view of Notre Dame

Les Amoynes, rue Faubourg St Antoine - up and coming Paris chef, not a tourist in the place...waiter spoke "school English. Very bistro-y, local artists' works on the walls.

Savoir Aimer, rue Faubourg St Antoine - tiny, no English spoken, local artists' paintings on the wall. Seemed to be mostly "grownups" - nicely-dressed couples of a certain age, small family groups...and moi.

And, for the ultimate French decor:
http://www.le-train-bleu.com/us/page1.html
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 12:20 PM
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I agree with Elvira that single dining is not an issue in Paris. You could go anywhere and people don't look at you funny because you are alone. I personally think this is an American hang up, and Europeans are more practical and don't care about "appearances." If you feel too uncomfortable, just bring a briefcase or laptop with you and everyone will think you are an executive on a business trip. I know many women in my field who do this when they travel, not because they are insecure, but because they don't want to be bothered by men who think they are looking for company.
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 01:08 PM
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Try the restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. It's a wonderful experience and I don't think you'll feel awkward at all. Marilyn
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 01:12 PM
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Tracey, if you don't have Paris Cheap Eats, do buy it - and stick with the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th. The issue you raise is not an issue in Paris.
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 01:37 PM
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Thanks for all your input!! I'll check out the places mentioned - guess I should have known Europe would be more sophisticated about single diners than the US. (Hey, it doesn't stop me here... ;-)
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 02:09 PM
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Sign onto Zagat.com and by using their seArch function you can find restaurants that are good for single diners. navagate your way to the Paris pages then click ADVANCED SEARCH. Under SPECIAL FEATURES box you can select DINING ALONR and in allthe othe boxes your price expectations, atmosphere, etc.

Good Luck
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 02:09 PM
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Sign onto Zagat.com and by using their seArch function you can find restaurants that are good for single diners. navagate your way to the Paris pages then click ADVANCED SEARCH. Under SPECIAL FEATURES box you can select DINING ALONR and in all the other boxes your price expectations, atmosphere, etc.

Good Luck
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 04:09 PM
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Elvira: I think you mean LES AMOGNES at 243 r. du Faubourg St. Antoine (Metro Faidherbe-Chaligny).

You are absolutely right about this restaurant. Excellent imaginative food which was really good. I can't say I went there alone. My wife also thought it was great. I assume it is still Thierry Coue's place.

P.S. Try the L'Autre Boulange at 43 r. Montreuil down the street. Great bakery.

Sorry to be picky about the spelling but if one tries to look it up on the net there would be frustration.
 
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