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post #61 of 102
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Originally Posted by George View Post
You're being a bit harsh.

If you are visiting a city for a short stay an itinerary is a good idea, especially a city like Paris which has lots of attractions.

They simply may not have the time to flâner.

George is right...

People are right to ask instead of following the herd of tourists...

If you're coming for the first time,there is no shame doing the Louvre,Eiffel tower,Champs-Elysees,Montmartre and so on...

If you want to really visit Paris , the journey will lead to different tracks...

Parc du Luxembourg,Tuileries,Parc Monceau,Buttes Chaumont ,Jardin des Plantes,Mosquee de Paris for a mint tea,quai de Seine,Ile de la Cite and Saint-Louis,la Bastille,le Marais,la rue Mouffetard,Le quartier Saint-Sulpice and so on.
post #62 of 102
Charvet for sure.
post #63 of 102
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed to this thread and for all the great suggestions! Much appreciated. I am looking for a great place in Paris for tuxedos/smoking. I am especially after a RTW one which is double-breasted, peak lapel (large ones). Any suggestions on where to visit for such black tie attire? As for shirts, I was thinking about visiting Alain Figaret (good choice?) and Charvet.
post #64 of 102
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Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed to this thread and for all the great suggestions! Much appreciated.

I am looking for a great place in Paris for tuxedos/smoking. I am especially after a RTW one which is double-breasted, peak lapel (large ones). Any suggestions on where to visit for such black tie attire?

As for shirts, I was thinking about visiting Alain Figaret (good choice?) and Charvet.

Charvet is definitively worth it...
post #65 of 102
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Originally Posted by lasbar View Post
Charvet is definitively worth it...

I agree!

How about Alain Figaret?

The MAIN thing I am looking for is a tuxedo. Double-breasted, large peak-lapels. Where can I find a great tuxedo in Paris? Le Bon Marché maybe?
post #66 of 102
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Originally Posted by ville_e View Post
I agree!

How about Alain Figaret?

The MAIN thing I am looking for is a tuxedo. Double-breasted, large peak-lapels. Where can I find a great tuxedo in Paris? Le Bon Marché maybe?

Pm RJman,hOLYMADNESS or even GDL203..

There are a few Parisians on SF...
post #67 of 102
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Originally Posted by holymadness View Post
Ignore anyone who says they have a favourite café or restaurant: only tourists have these and shockingly, they always happen to be the first serviceable place within 10 minutes of their hotel. In fact, ignore anyone who tells you that you "have to" or "should" see/do/experience anything, it's inevitably just bragging about what they've done instead of intended to be good advice.

I recommend you avoid the first 8 arrondissements completely as they are largely filled with clueless foreigners, overpriced bistrots and kitschy boutiques selling crap, not to mention you're having the same pre-packaged, trite vacation experience as every other rubber-necking tourist. There are obviously some items of interest in there but you won't know how to recognize them so don't bother trying. Do not go anywhere near the Champs Elysees or the Grands Magasins; these are just soulless duty-frees. In fact, don't buy anything in Paris unless you really can't get it elsewhere because it'll be 2x more expensive here than anywhere else. For the love of God don't waste your time visiting Gucci and Louis Vuitton like some Russian mobster asshole, Jesus, what the fuck.

Other than that, I recommend you not stop in the middle of the sidewalk in mid-stride to take a picture while I am walking right behind you. I really hate that.

On the do side, it's pretty simple. If you like art, the choice of museums is obvious. If you like monuments, likewise. If you like architecture, just walk around and keep your eyes open, or rent a vélib and go explore. If you like French gardens, the Tuileries, Luxembourg and the Jardin des Plantes; English: Parcs Monceau, Buttes-Chaumont and Montsouris. If you like shows, pick up copies of La Terrasse and the Pariscope to see what's playing. The Opéra Bastille is good, the Garnier less so. Go to the market and buy stinky, unpasteurized cheese you're not allowed to eat at home. Pair it with a tradition (not a baguette). Learn a bit of French and read www.paris.fr and www.evous.fr/Paris.html to see what's going on in town in terms of festivals, expos, events, etc.

Agreed for the most part, though I wouldn't avoid the 1-8 (especially because I live there!), just the most touristy areas (Champs-Élysées is the worst offender, but there are plenty more). It is a quite common misconception that any place has great food in Paris, and this is quite false. There are far more crappy, overpriced bistros than you would imagine. Some of the more famous eateries that you may have already heard of are legitimately good, though perhaps boring (like Guy Savoy, Le Cinq, etc). They would be your best bet for traditional French fare.

Personally, you can't go wrong walking as much as possible. I don't know about Arnys, and it is firmly out of my price range for the time being, but it might be worth a visit.

Oh yes, and the Louvre is a pain in the ass; it's a zoo. I much prefer the Musée d'Orsay, and even more so the smaller museums. There's a high profile Monet exhibition at the Grand Palais now. It's terribly crowded with tourists (I even read about it in the NY Times first to give you an idea of how hyped it is), but still a very impressive collection that I would recommend. You can get tickets in advance online. There's a significantly less crowded Basquiat exhibition, who has been getting tons of press recently, showing at the Musée d'Art moderne.
post #68 of 102
This is quickly becoming the worst noob thread on the forum. Charvet or Figaret? Are you serious? You may as well ask whether you should buy a mercedes or a kia. Do a little research, christ.
post #69 of 102
Don't avoid the 1 to 8 districts....

Le pont des Arts is lovely ...You can walk through the Cour interieure of the Louvre and cross to the left bank...
Les Tuileries are also lovely to walk though...
I also love Place Vendome for the jewellers (can't afford to buy anything) andwalking under the Palais Royal arcades...

Opera is lovely with the big department stores...
If you don't like the Galeries Lafayettes or Le Printemps...
You can go and have a coffee under the coupole or at the cafeteria on top of Le PRINTEMPS...
It is cheap and you get a full view of Paris from the panoramic terrace for next to nothing..

La Madeleine has a few interesting shops and cafes too..
Old England and Arthur...

Le Marais is brilliant...
Place des vosges is stunning and there are a lot of nice trendy bars and cafes there...

I like walking from there to the Ile Saint-Louis onto Ile de la Cite to see Notre-Dame and then to the left bank..

I love the Pantheon and Rue Mouffetard ...
It is vibrant and full of students...
It also has its real market on certain days..
Walk down to Le parc du Luxembourg and go to Boulevard Montparnasse...
JM WESTON ,HERMES ,YSL and a lot of great shops...

Visit Le bon Marche...It's a lovely place...
Walk down to the Boulevard Saint-Germain and a lot of shops are there...


I love walking from Le grand Palais to the top..Go rue Francois Ier ,Rue Marbeuf and all around the quartier de l'ETOILE...
Great desinger shops and restaurants...
I like quartier Victor Hugo and walk down to the Trocadero for the views ...
post #70 of 102
Some useful info about Paris here. Gotta make it over there sometime. What is the exchange rate of the euro like to the dollar right now?
post #71 of 102
Trocadero, in all its squat ugliness, resembles a neo-fascist monument from Hitler's Berlin. I guess it's okay if you like being harassed by African immigrants selling eiffel tower keychains and counterfeit purses.
post #72 of 102
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Originally Posted by supergaijin View Post
Some useful info about Paris here. Gotta make it over there sometime. What is the exchange rate of the euro like to the dollar right now?
Here you go.
post #73 of 102
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Originally Posted by holymadness View Post
Trocadero, in all its squat ugliness, resembles a neo-fascist monument from Hitler's Berlin. I guess it's okay if you like being harassed by African immigrants selling eiffel tower keychains and counterfeit purses.

It's a lovely place and there are few museums there...

Used to be quite vibrant with rollerbladers and skaters...

Don't forget they 're staying for a few days not a few years..
post #74 of 102
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Originally Posted by holymadness View Post
This is quickly becoming the worst noob thread on the forum. Charvet or Figaret? Are you serious? You may as well ask whether you should buy a mercedes or a kia.

Do a little research, christ.

You can see the best of Paris at Epcot, with easy walking access to other great cultures and also clean washrooms.
post #75 of 102
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This is quickly becoming the worst noob thread on the forum. Charvet or Figaret? Are you serious? You may as well ask whether you should buy a mercedes or a kia. Do a little research, christ.
I am not comparing the two with each other. I intend on visiting both. Figaret is good for everyday shirts while I will go to Charvet for higher quality bespoke ones. Is Le Bon Marche a good place to visit for nice tuxedos? I am specifically looking for a double breasted one with peak lapels? Arnys? YSL?
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