Paris -- Superthread

Aug 6th, 2004, 09:23 AM
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Paris -- Superthread

Hi, it is hoped that this will be a "superthread" to interesting and useful tidbits about Paris for the first-time and the repeat visitor.

The pros and cons for its creation are being debated here:

A superthread is basically an index and provides links to other threads that address a specific topic at hand.

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Aug 6th, 2004, 09:29 AM
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Users of superthread:

1. Please use this information at your own risk. You're responsible for cross-checking hours of stores, etc., with web searches, guidebooks, or by simply asking on this forum.

2. If you've used any subthreads linked to the superthread and found information in the subthreads that are out-of-date or incorrect, it might be good for you to post to the subthreads to correct these errors.
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Aug 6th, 2004, 09:41 AM
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Paris ice-cream:

Berthillon: 31 rue Saint-Louis-en-L'ile, closed Monday and Tuesday (according to website). Probably closed part of summer.



Amorino (touted as Berthillon competition on this forum): Three locations, one of which on 47 rue Saint-Louis-en-L'Ile (close to B.).



Amorino and other ice-cream places also mentioned here:

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Aug 6th, 2004, 10:33 AM
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Links from publications:


Economist's city guide for Paris:

The "Catch If You Can" section on current events is useful.

New York Times:

Restaurant recommendations and also the periodically updated "What's Doing in" section, along with other interesting articles.

Times (UK) Travel section:,00.html

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Aug 6th, 2004, 10:41 AM
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Repeat (or even first-time) visitors -- things to do:
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Aug 6th, 2004, 10:48 AM
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France: Useful information -- started by ira

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Aug 6th, 2004, 10:54 AM
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Fat Tire Bike Tours (Formerly Mike's Bike Tours) and Segway Tours:



(More can be found by typing bike tours Paris into search box.)
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Aug 6th, 2004, 11:01 AM
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Paris In Sites Newsletter

Paris Tourist Office

Paris City Official Website

"RATP" -- Paris Métro and Regional Transport System

Eiffel Tower

Paris Museum Pass

Recent Fodorite discussions on popular hotels in Paris ---

Paris first timers looking for a good hotel > > >

Hotel Muguet vs Hotel de Fleurie or other hotel in 6th? > > >

PARIS Hotel, which one? Jardins, Tourville, Littre or Relais du Louvre? > > >

paris for first timers > > >

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Aug 6th, 2004, 11:10 AM
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Find comments on Superthread here:

The not particularly useful comments:

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FOOD -- restaurant suggestions and cooking classes. Food critic and author Patricia Wells offers up her opinion on top restaurants, bistros & casual dining.
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A weekly online magazine with some quirky essays, and good listings of what's going on in the city
Paris webcams
"All the restaurants in Paris"

And my absolute favorite:
Put the address of your hotel (or anyplace in Paris) in the appropriate blanks, and you'll be able to take a virtual "walk" down the street in that neighborhood.
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Aug 9th, 2004, 06:29 AM
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Paris walks:

Guidebooks/self-guided threads:

(The above link has a link to a series of pretty detailed walks posted by Degas.)


A review of "Paris Walks" can be found in this thread:

Direct link here:
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websites for classical music concerts in Paris
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restaurant discussions or info

?affordable? Paris restaurants

restaurants for a ?student budget? restaurants with non-smoking sections in French, but not that hard to understand. Search by name, price, location, cuisine. great info, including price estimates, hours of operation, places by location, etc
For vegetarians:

Student(university) restaurants:
Open to the public, only those with a French student card pay student rates, but even so the rates are very reasonable. Most universities in France have several ?Restos-U?.
In Paris:
IUT Descartes, 143 Ave de Versailles, 16th. West-Indian influence on the food. Mon-Fri 11-1:45 only.
Le Mabillon 4,, 12 rue Clement, 6th. Very very good food. Reserve 2 days ahead for this gourmet experience. Tel (0)1 43 25 66 23 Mon Fri 11:30-2 and 6-8pm.
Necker, 155 rue de Vaugirard, 15th. Food choices from around the world. Mon-Fri 11:30-1:45 and 6-8.

For more bargain suggestions: (their top 10 inexpensive places to eat, also romantic choices)
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Aug 9th, 2004, 08:16 AM
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visiting Versailles

town of Versailles:


The chateau is closed all Mondays and some holidays. Open approximately 9-6:30, closes earlier in fall and winter. Summertime crowds are bad, especially on Tuesday, Sundays, and every day between 10 and 1. It is less crowded earlier and later (before and after the tour groups arrive and leave.) If you dislike crowds, arrive after 3:30pm and pay a reduced charge, tour the chateau on your own (you'll be too late for the guided tour), and, when days are long, tour the gardens after the chateau closes. If you arrive mid-day, tour the gardens first, then see the chateau before closing.

Allow at least 2 hours for the palace and 2 hours for the gardens, but many people stay all day and still don't see it all.

A very helpful Rick Steves article on visiting Versailles

Fountains: Check the website for the most current information.

Admission to the chateau and to the Trianons is included in the Paris Museum Pass/Carte Musee. Pass holders will have a special entrance at Versailles, entrance A2, it?s on the right when facing the chateau. You can also buy a guidebook there.

There is also a Versailles Pass which includes admission, allows you to bypass the ticket-buying line, and includes an audioguide. It is sold at the Versailles train station, the RER station in Paris, and possibly elsewhere.

If you don?t have a pass, join the ticket-buying line.

To get there, take the RER line C to Versailles Rive Gauche (R.G.). The RER lines are suburban trains to and from Paris. You can catch the RER train in Paris at Invalides, Champ de Mars, Musee d'Orsay, St Michel, and Gare d'Austerlitz (consult your metro map for these stops). Make sure your C train goes to Versailles Rive Gauche (R.G.) as the end destination.You?ll have about a half-mile walk to the Chateau.

When you leave the Versailles Rive Gauche station you will be on Avenue General de Gaulle. There is a clean bathroom at the MacDonald?s near the RER station?be nice and buy something. Head right on Ave. G deG and then left on the big Avenue de Paris which goes straight to the chateau. Tourist information offices: across the street from the Rive Gauche Station; also at the chateau at the entrance.

You can take a taxi from Paris to Versailles which according to someone who did the math, saves money over the train fares for every four of you. To save a long walk, have the taxi drop you at the Petit Hameau.

Acoustguides are available for use in the self-guided tours, as are free maps. The self-guided tour takes at least an hour.

There are also toilets and public telephones available. So are bike rentals, and a tourist tram.

You can picnic in the gardens, but you?d have to check your bags or baskets while you do the indoor tours.

For an article on top eating in Versailles (1999)
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Aug 9th, 2004, 08:36 AM
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Where else and how else to start -- Use Fodor's, of course:

Have you checked the miniguide that Fodor's puts out, which you can find here?[email protected]

Contains hotel and restaurant listings and also a sample 3-day itinerary found here:

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Aug 9th, 2004, 08:58 AM
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Angelina's, Rue de Rivoli, famed for its hot chocolat (Africain) and deserts

Paris Walking work off those deserts..

And then have a bit of chocolate to get back your strength...

Time to go to Versailles...?

Neat site...enter an address and gather info on, bust stops, Metro...

Perhaps a nice dinner...

Want to see what the restaurant and neighbourhood look like? The famous pages jaunes...enter an address, get a picture of the buidling, then using the arrows you can 'walk' around the neighbourhood..Note you need the arrondissements eg. Paris 16

A nighttime bus tour...

And off to bed...

More to come
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Aug 9th, 2004, 10:24 AM
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Chocolates in Paris:

A list can be found here:

Also here:

And here:,00.html

A degustation experience that compares Richart, Christian Constant, Dalloyan and Maison du Chocolat:

[I should add that I did a own taste test recently with Richart, CC, Maison, Hevin and Debauve et Gallais. I still like Maison the most, and Hevin is very good as well. Richart chocolates are extremely beautiful.]

This interesting link has pictures of the display cases of the pastry section of the various patisseries and chocolatiers:
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(all sites show photos, some show comments; cannot personally vouch for booking through them)
<> These have photos, customer reviews and/or ratings:

<> These have photos but no customer reviews

<> For more customer comments: (not a hotel booking site)
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