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Within a block, toward the river, from Notre Dame, is a favorite "Cheap", stop for me, Quasimodo's. Inexpensive, sidewalk cafe, with free bathrooms downstairs. A respite, after seeing the cathedral and sitting for a refreshment or snack. You can easily walk to the Latin Quarter from here, and there are some great ice cream places just behind this location. Enjoy, picture #2 of the Latin Quarter, "How about some H-D Ice Cream?" #3 is a great Oyster Bar, on Rue St.Germaine, they shuck them outside and bring them to you fresh. #4, a famous place across the street from another famous place. Lipp's, try to dine at both places. Enjoy a nice long walk from ND, up Rue St. Germaine, and back across the Seine, right up to The Marriott C-E, and relax at their sidewalk cafe. Have a wonderful time!
Hey Jerry, you did it! Thanks so much for this...sorry, I've been away for a bit. Quasimodo's, when facing the cathedral, is it to the left or right? And I am assuming that it is on the island (Ile de la Cite)?
I know on the island above/next to Ile de la Cite (Ile Saint-Loius) there is Bertillon's ice cream, and I just KNOW there must be some great dining establishments there (I love that neighborhood on Ile Saint-Louis), but don't know which ones. There was one medieval looking one on Ile Saint-Loius that we tried, but they put a giant basket of whole, raw vegetables and meats on our table as soon as we were seated. We all just stared at one another with eyes as huge as half dollars, wondering what on earth are we supposed to do with this? It looked extrememy unappetizing, let alone un-gourmet and so we quietly got up and walked out. I don't think the proprietors were French.
On the left bank, we ate at a couple of places with all French patrons, French speaking (only) wait staff, and menus in French only, which were absolutely divine, as well as reasonably priced, but for the life of me, I cannot remember the names or addresses. I think we got lost in the metro on one of our earlier trips and just stumbled on one of the places. I want to say they were off of boulevard Saint-Germain, but I honestly can't remember. I am going to have to follow your lead and start taking photographs to help my memory. I just get so caught up in the experience I guess, that I don't think to document. I've never ate at Deux Maggots or any of the establishments around that intersection, as I once read that it was very touristy and not that outstanding. But there is one cheap sidewalk cafe at Place Saint-Michel that I love, love, love (I think it's just called Saint-Michel). It is touristy, the food is just average (well, I loved it - guess that's what matters, escargots, soupe à l'oignon, great steak du boeuf), but the people watching and view of the seine while sipping Bordeaux is spectacular.
I'll be looking for Quasimodos for a fun tourist break. There are a lot of great brasseries just about everywhere for the mid-afternoon break, although the sidewalk restaurants on CE are SO pricey and not as much fun in my humble opinion.
You sure know how to "Make my Day!" I really appreciate your kind words, and wish I was there!
Quasimodo's is North (On the left side of ND, toward the Seine). It is not fancy, but a great place to sit and have a refreshment and break. Getting to the bathrooms is an experience. Like most places in Paris, head to the basement. They have greatly upgraded the bathroom in the past few years.
Bertillon's is a great place that usually has long lines. You can walk to it from ND, and it's behind Quasimodo's. Just walk past the small church, go across the water and take a right turn. Note the interesting cafe's along the way. When you walk to the back of ND, and can view ND from here you are close to Bertillon's!
I know exactly where you are sitting! Just up from the corner where Berts is. I've never had the ice cream, but have seen the lines. Just like Sainte-Chapelle, it must be good! Ok, I'm sure I'll be able to find Quasimodo's, and while there, we will toast Mr. and Mrs. "Coin"! LOL.
The green awning is a good walk from the Louvre go to the Opera. You will see a famous place, The Grand Hotel, on the first floor is a fabulous cafe, Cafe de la Paix. You can do some serious "People watching" at this place, and it is NOT inexpensive. It is one of my favorite places to dine in Paris. Here are some pictures: That's the Opera, outside our window, at a recent dinner there, and note the ceiling! Having my Birthday dinner, with (Medicine Shoppe), Mende! Great meal! No 2bc, served here!
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