Monday, June 05, 2006


Dr. B and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary in a few weeks, and we're looking for someplace special for a romantic meal. We can look in the guides, and could do the things that have already been done (but frankly, Tom Cruise's footsteps are not ones I'd like to follow), but we'd like something special, and different.

And cheap.

Well, at least not too expensive. Do you have any ideas? A special hideaway? A small day trip within reach of the trains from Paris? A romantic petit bistrot?

Please, comment away!



At 9:59 AM, June 05, 2006, Anonymous The Bold Soul said...

Five years ago for my 40th birthday I had dinner at Le Procope in the 6th and it was DELIGHTFUL. We managed to get a table for 2 on the tiny balcony (that was a total fluke) and the service was wonderful and the food, très délicieuse. For a place I thought might be a bit touristy given its history, it really wasn't at all. If you haven't been there before, it might be a nice treat for your anniversary. I believe they have a website where you can get the phone number.

Of course I was there with my MOTHER so it wasn't as romantic as it might have been otherwise. C'est dommage, tant pis pour moi.

Happy Anniversary to you both!

At 2:19 PM, June 05, 2006, Blogger ~steph~ said...

1)what about going to Cannes or London for the weekend? I don't know prices but, my friend that lived in London for 8 yrs used to do weekend trips all over the place b/c the cost wasn't too high. I can ask her for inexpesive accomodations in London if you like...her and her husband just moved home to Toronto last summer (he is english/irish and I went to their wedding in Ireland 2 summers ago).
2) OMG i can't believe its been 10 yrs! Time goes fast eh?! I guess Kristi and Ryon's 10th is next summer?!? Happy anniversary cuzzies! love Steph & Ethan.

At 4:55 PM, June 05, 2006, Blogger Samantha said...

Congrats a bit early! And if you're looking for restaurant recommendation, check out

There are a TON of really detailed reviews for good restos in Paris.

At 5:26 PM, June 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 10th in a few wks. We will have our 37th this yr in San Diego(Jon has a mtg and I am tagging along) Seems appropriate as we lived there in the very early yrs of our marriage and K was born there. Kristi and Ryon go for 9 this yr and Jenn and Jai 7 on the 24th. Time flies.....lots of yrs....lots of babies.....lots of fun! B

At 10:02 PM, June 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Small and delicious and reasonable and kind and delicious....In the 2nd arrondisement L'Escalier - a few small tables, all cooking downstairs. Did I say delicious?
Best meal we had in Paris in February 06.

At 1:48 AM, June 06, 2006, Anonymous Fudgie said...

A nice little spot on Rue Lamartine in the 9th is Carte Blanche. Relatively modern decor with exposed old stone walls, attentive service, two "formules" and a menu, all about 30 euros or under. Interesting and delicious food, beautifully presented on a variety of dishes, a selection of wines by the glass. We ate for under 100 euros for the two of us, entree-plat-dessert plus wine, water and tip. Great value and a romantic ambiance. Be sure to make a reservation!

At 2:29 AM, June 06, 2006, Blogger Léons Life said...

Try 'Chez Paul' near Bastille. Not expensive, very 'French' and I think you'd have a fine evening.
It's a busy little restaurant, so perhaps not the most romantic of spots. You must go here while your in Paris.

20, rue de la Roquette
75011 Paris
M° Bastille
Tél. 01 49 23 41 41

At 8:41 AM, June 06, 2006, Anonymous KJM said...

Hi Mrs B

I suggest La Closerie des Lilas; we eat lunch there every time we visit Paris. If you eat in the outdoor area it is very affordable, and the excellent food comes from the same kitchen as the more expensive restaurant inside! Built in 1808, there is an interesting history here. Located at RER Pont Royal, at the corner of Pont Royal, Blvd du Montparnasse, and Ave de l'Observatoire. After lunch, you can stroll in the gardens up the street all the way to the Jardin du Luxembourg. Happy anniversary!

At 9:24 AM, June 06, 2006, Blogger meredith said...

Hiking in the forest around Fountainebleau followed by a dinner in one of the restaurants there.

At 7:50 AM, June 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

une nuit au chateau d'Ermenonville (superbe), et une ballade en forêt d'Ermenonville le lendemain.
Un repas le soir dans la petite crêperie à côté du château qui fait de délicieuses crêpes (mais il faut réserver car c'est plein tous les soirs), avec une bonne bouteille de cidre.
un cadre inoubliable, et l'impression d'être au XVIIIe siècle pendant quelques heures (les villages alentours sont superbes aussi)

At 7:53 AM, June 07, 2006, Blogger Kat said...

I suggest a picnic at the Square du Vert Galant which is the tiny little park at the tip of the Ile de la Cite, right near the Pont Neuf. With the days being so long now, especially in Paris, I highly recommend a picnic at that spot and desert at Berthillon on the Ile St. Louis.
My other recommendation is le Petit Luxembourg on the rue de Vaugirard in the 6th arrondissement. It's near the intersection of la rue Madame and the rue de Vaugirard.

Happy Anniversary!

At 12:00 PM, June 07, 2006, Blogger buzzgirl said...

I second L'Escalier. I was there in April...really good, very reasonably priced.

At 5:37 PM, June 08, 2006, Blogger PutYourFlareOn said...

Try Victor & Capucine. It's a very adorable French bistro in the 16th. Not a pretentious bistro at all even though it's in the 16th. I blogged about it on Voice of a City. Check it out...

Julien took me there are a surprise for my birthday a few weeks ago. Very intimate and romantic.

At 8:33 AM, June 10, 2006, Anonymous magillicuddy said...

Le Petit Cour at Mabillon, downstairs. Not sure about the price now, but very nice and pretty and romantic...


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