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Formerly a high-end hotel, this architecturally rich restaurant is known for its lavish spread since its inception in 1766 on the banks of the Seine. The fare is French and one can savor it while sitting at one of the tables where eminent personalities like Guy de Maupassant and Alexandre Dumas have cherished the satiating morsels. Enter the pristine walls of this established and be struck with awe at the old-world charm that it exudes, complete with its wooden beams, leather chairs and brass tableware. The private rooms are well away from prying eyes, behind a hidden stairway, ideal for an exclusive, intimate dinner.
Situated in the Bastille area, Brasserie Bofinger possesses a beautiful Belle-Époque decor with a stained-glass ceiling, ceramics and mirrors. Celebrities, Parisians and tourists alike come here to taste the varied cuisine, which includes choucroute garnie (a sauerkraut dish), roasted lobster or magret de canard (duck breast). So when in Paris, do not miss out on the opportunity to sit under this exotic stained-glass ceiling and to be greeted by an unparalleled ambiance and a pleasant service.
A historic landmark in Paris since 1890, this cafe was a favorite of many great 19th-century writers and artists. French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre always took his coffee and croissant on the terrace. These days you can drop in for either a quick snack or delectable desserts, or a glass of Champagne, having shopped-till-you-dropped in the district's luxurious boutiques. The sophisticated clientele that revels in the cafe's upscale style insures that its reputation lives on.
A glorious red and gold, 18th-century dining room, resplendent with mirrors and chandeliers, greets guests as they enter Le Grand Véfour. Within its palatial boundaries, Chef Guy Martin displays magical culinary artistry, as he skillfully whips up his trademark dishes like Tourte d'Artichauts et Légumes Confits and some divine concoctions, such as Ravioles de Foie Gras à l'émulsion de Crème Truffée. Business lunches are often organized during the day, but, at night, a romantic atmosphere takes over. Don't let the long names on the menu intimidate you. Indulge, and let the flavors linger. Even longer lasting, however, are memories of this splendid dining experience.
Club Silencio was the most talked about nightclub opening in Paris in 2011. Located in the 2nd arrondissement, the club is the brainchild of bizarre Hollywood director David Lynch. The club was based on the club by the same name that was featured in Lynch's film Mulholland Drive. Club Silencio is very exclusive and popular, with admission being restricted to members before midnight. Once you get in though, the interiors are decidedly chic and modern, and just a little bit surreal. Silencio has a good selection of specialty cocktails and some finger foods and small bites.
Gallopin came into being in 1876. The owners may have changed, but this brasserie is here to stay. For all the seafood lovers, this may seem like heaven. The menu includes oysters, shellfish, salmon, lobsters, prawns and more. End your meal in style, with desserts or wines or both. The place is tastefully done up and can accommodate up to 120 persons. Don't miss the 1900s' glass roof. This happening brasserie sees all kinds of people; from celebrities, bankers and the fashion crowd, to comedians and commoners.
The VIP ROOM Theater Paris is the place to be in Paris. Jean Roch, the owner and the resident DJ at the VIP, makes sure that the visiting DJs are always the best in Europe. Nights filled with vibrant music and tantalizing drinks await you at VIP ROOM Theater Paris. Dance the night away and you might even spot a celebrity or two.
Femininity is Julien's self-proclaimed theme; accents of which are illustrated in the Art Nouveau decor for which it is an official historic monument. Trézel’s remarkable artwork - four bejeweled ladies symbolizing the seasons - graces the walls of the magnificent brasserie. The intricately-carved ceiling and glass-stained roof magically reflect on the grand mirrors. The cuisine features traditional French classics like Duck Foie Gras with fig and grape chutney, Sole plancha in Bearnaise sauce and Crème brûlée flambéed with Bourbon vanilla made from seasonal and fresh produce. It is a toast to art, history and gastronomy, and is justifiably a popular celebrity-favorite.
This is Paris's best house and techno club. In a large room which looks like an underground bunker dedicated to techno music, DJs display their talent aided by the excellent sound system. Laurent Garnier, Carl Cox, Jack de Marseille and Daft Punk, they have all impressed the attentive crowd. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are more techno-house. The excellent Charles Schilling mixes once every month are sure to allure you here.
Popular with the English aristocracy and with Middle Eastern visitors, this 19th-century hotel offers opulence and elegance on a grand scale. Adorned with artwork and antiques, the spacious and lavishly decorated bedrooms simply ooze luxury. Afternoon jazz concerts take place in the conservatory, a delightful spot for afternoon tea, and the hotel restaurant features in the gourmet bible, Michelin Guide. Rooms overlooking the Tuileries Gardens need to be booked well in advance.
In its heyday, Harry's was paid regular visits by none other than Hemingway himself. Cut to present times, and the bar is as smoky as ever sans Hemingway or his ghost. Sit back with one of the original Bloody Mary's recipe (which still tastes the same as when Harry's opened) and soak up the historic atmosphere of this historic bar that dates back over a 100 years. Other classic cocktails like French 75 and Side Car have also been said to originate here.
The stylish charm of Paris does not stop at the door. With 99 beautiful rooms and 39 posh suites to choose from, the Mandarin Oriental Paris is the epitome of a chic accommodation. Only steps away from the Louvre, Tuileries Gardens, and the rest of the glitz and glam of the 1st Arrondissement, this hotel finds itself among the most famous landmarks. Not that you need to leave the premises for luxury; there are on-site restaurants, bars, bakeries, a spa, a business center and much more at your disposal.