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I am en route to Paris to attend the Le Web 3 conference. (If you are interested in attending the conference, you can get a 100 euro discount by going to this web site.) I have a day to myself — i.e. no conference duties. I […]

leweb.gif I am en route to Paris to attend the Le Web 3 conference. (If you are interested in attending the conference, you can get a 100 euro discount by going to this web site.) I have a day to myself — i.e. no conference duties. I am wondering, what are the five things I must do in Paris before I come back?

I want to know a great restaurant that doesn’t give anorexia to my charge card. Also, what is the state of Wi-Fi in Paris, because I need to use my N95 to make VoWiFi calls. Most importantly, I want to buy a cool laptop bag in Paris. Any recommendations on where to go?

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By Om Malik

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  1. See you there Om.

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  4. For food I would try Safran at 29 rue Argenteuil Paris 01. For art I would go see the Giacometti exhibit at the Pompidou center. The Musée Rodin and the Musée d’Orsay are both very good.

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  5. Hello Om,

    Good place to eat in Paris is the famous restaurant Bofinger. Will set you back about 30 Euros but it has an awesome feel about it. Be sure to checkout out the stained glass ceiling. 1 min walk from the Bastille Metro!

    http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/France/Ile_de_France/Paris-99080/Restaurants-Paris-Bofinger-BR-1.html

    If you want a young vibrant, student atmosphere then just go to Rue Moufftard in the 5th, right next to the Censir-Daubenton metro! One of the oldest streets in Paris and right next to La Sorbonne.

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  6. For Wireless Wi-fi connexion (free ones in cafes) I advise you this Internet site :
    http:///www.cafes-wifi.com

    Hope it helps.

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  7. Here are some desi tips

    First get a metro day pass. Paris is best seen walking, but the metro is great to get you around.

    Start your day early with the Eiffel Tower, the lines are short. Must go to to the top. Walk over to the Trocadero after that.

    Head over to Musee D’Orsay. This is a much better museum than the Louvre, unless the Mona Lisa is what you want to see. If you get a chance hop over to see the louvre from outside. The pyramids are fascinating.

    Head over to St-Michel/Notre Dame. Walk around the Siene. See the Cathedral. There are great casual dining places around.

    If you are wearing out, then just hop over to see the Champs de Elysses. You will reminisce India Gate.

    If you still have an appetite – go to Montmarte and see the Sacre Couer. The ride in the funicular is great and Montmarte has a great bohemian atmosphere.

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  8. Rue Cler for breakfast, Montmarte crepes for lunch at a little stand with a red awning that says “La Petaudiere.”

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  9. I have several. I commuted from Boston for three years when I worked for Capgemini. So, I know a lot that most tourists would not visit. These are some of my absolute favorites:

    TAIRA-(Franco-Japanese) Chef TaTra Kurihara’s small seafood restaurant is remarkable for his original mix of culinary cultures, in dishes such as turbot ravioli with oysters, or scallops with beet sauce and purple potato puree. Mon-Fri L&D, Sat D. €€€ (AE, DC, MC, V) 10 rue des Acacias (17th), 01.47.66.74.14.

    One of my favorites in the world, absolutely fabulous fish, very fresh, very small restaurant in a wonderful part of the city.

    Grain d’orge (Restaurant Le)
    01 47 64 33 47
    01 47 54 00 28
    15, r Arc de Triomphe
    75017 Paris, France
    French country cooking, a wonderful couple runs it. should not be missed.

    Sud-Ouest Monceau
    8 rue Meissonnier
    75017 Paris
    Tel : 01 47 63 15 07
    superb pate and duck confit!

    Buddha Bar
    8 Rue Boissy d’Anglais M. Concorde
    Paris, 75008
    Telephone: 01 53 05 90 00
    very trendy, great south asian music, big and load, food is ok, people watching is great.

    Androuet (wonderful cheese restaurant – not to be missed)
    41 Rue d’Amsterdam
    75008 Paris
    telephone: 48 74 26 93
    My children have remembered the cheese here all their lives.

    RECH – F – Restauration Classique
    62 Avenue des Ternes; 75017, PARIS
    Charles de Gaulle – Etoile
    (0)1 45.72.28.91

    fabulous fish, very old restaurant

    Le Korova
    33, rue Marboeuf
    75008 Paris
    Tel: 33-1-53-89-93-93
    very trendy

    Willi’s Wine Bar
    13 rue des petits champs 75001 Paris
    fabulous wine, good food.

    Have a great time. I wish I was there.

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  10. om – safe travels and great eats/wine.

    recommendations for great food:
    Dinner @ Cafe Indigo
    12 AVENUE GEORGE V, Paris, 75008 , France.
    Phone:+33 (1) 4720212

    Lunch @
    Cafe L’Avenue
    corner of avenue Montaigne and rue François 1er.

    And of course – late night drinks at the Buddha Bar:
    8, Rue Boissy d’Anglas
    75008 Paris, France
    +33 1 53 05 90 00

    if you have only a day.. . Musee d’orsay (M’O), lots of walking around St. Germain (Metro – St Germain des Pres) would do you good… finish w/ Crepes at
    La crêperie Saint Germain
    33, Rue Saint André des Arts
    , 75006
    Paris
    Tel : 01 43 54 24 41

    and of course Coffee (and Great tea – darjeeling) at
    Les Deux Magots, 6 Place St-Germain-des-Pres.

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