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Sitting pretty atop the Centre Pompidou, the Costes brothers landmark is itself a work of art housed at the Parisian creative pulse. Georges' futuristic dining room is composed of four bubble-like spaces decorated in aluminum and rubber to exude an industrial appeal. Large bay windows and a spacious terrace usher in bouts of natural light and provide diners with panoramic views of the capital. The cuisine is contemporary, with French classics like Millefeuille de Crabe et Champignons (crab and mushroom in filo pastry), and Canard au Caramel et au Coco (duck in a caramel and coconut sauce). Do leave room for their signature Chocolate Mousse.
Though the year it was founded is still in unsure grounds, La Tour d'Argent is a Parisian institution to be reckoned with. Situated on the sixth floor of a luxurious champagne-colored building, the restaurant offers stunning views over the Seine and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Young, talented chefs ensure that the menu is of consistently high quality, and prices are what you would expect to pay for its sublime offerings of duckling, foie gras and lobster. It also has an exceptional wine cellar containing over 450,000 bottles, out of which only 15,000 are offered to diners on a 400 page list. Let the sommelier help you in choosing the right one for your meal. This restaurant is ideal for a romantic dinner with your beloved in the city of romance. La Tour d'Argent is closed in the month of August and reservations are highly recommended, so plan your visit accordingly.
Take the regal marble stairway to Café Mollien at the Musée du Louvre, which is home to several dining alternatives. Marvel at ornate columns, opulent decor and renowned masterpieces while enjoying a light lunch of cheese and bacon quiche, ham baguette, vegetable soup, pain au chocolat or apple pie with specialty tea or coffee. The balcony is punctuated by atlantes and caryatids that overlook the Carrousel gardens. Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, Mona Lisa, is within stumbling distance of this cafe.
This cafe is undoubtedly one of the most popular in Paris. With its exquisite Second Empire style, it has forever been a favored hangout for celebrities and tourists alike. The leafy look combined with the rich decor of ornate flourishes and deep polished wood creates an atmosphere of freshness blending with class. You can drop in here for an early breakfast or a delayed supper as the cafe remains open till late in the night. During winter, you can dine alfresco at the winter terrace that overlooks the Boulevard des Capucines, while summer months see crowds filling in at the open air terrace that gives a great view of the Place de l'Opera. While in Paris, this is one destination you should not miss.
Pavillon Ledoyen is one of the oldest restaurants in the Champs-Élysées vicinity. The grand decor exudes an old-world charm, while the ambiance makes you feel like you've been transported back in time. The cuisine is essentially French, but Chef Christian Le Squer does make an effort to reinvent it with his subtle contemporary nuances. Although, the interiors do look a little worn out, it's the food that makes up for it. With delights like Les Coquillages, The Turbot with Truffled Mashed Potatoes and a variety of other classic fish and meat dishes, the patrons are only ever increasing. So if decadent beauty is your fetish and you're willing enough to pay for it, then Pavillon Ledoyen it is!
A perfect venue for celebrating special occasions, this fine, upscale restaurant offers the ideal setting and cuisine that can make your dining experience a memorable one. The special feature at Lasserre is its painted roof that opens up during the summer months to give diners a breath-taking view of the starry sky above. The menu is a treat of traditional French fare with Chateaubriand, light green asparagus and salmon dishes on the list. The Millefeuille (Napoléon) is definitely worth a try even for those of you who lack a sweet-tooth. This multi-layered treat can increase the pleasure of dining here three-fold!
With an unobstructed view of one of the world's most beautiful and romantic monuments, the Eiffel Tower, Chez Francis has an added advantage than your other Parisian brasseries. The restaurant's enviable location and its proximity to other tourist attractions such as the Pont de l'Alma and Champs-Elysées is one of the reasons for its popularity. The rich interiors are warm and inviting while the fabulous seafood dishes will delight your palates. If you are not into seafood, their other dishes are equally noteworthy. Chez Francis is known for its magnificent terrace which has the most breathtaking views and is idyllic for a special occasion.
Dine almost next door to the Eiffel Tower- the pride of Paris, with its glittering lights shining onto your plate decorated with fine dishes cooked in local traditional recipes. 6 New York is a lavish restaurant that one must visit while in the city in order to sample some gourmet preparations along-with experiencing some of the famous French charm. A memorable evening is guaranteed here what with recipes like Swordfish Steak, Roasted Veal Chop and Filet of Steamed Bass with spaghetti that engage the taste-buds while the eyes keep taking in the breathtaking scenery from the windows.
Les Ombres (The Shadows) has one of the most spectacular, close up views of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Situated on the fifth floor of the Musée du Quai Branly, the food and wines here are equally as spectacular as the view. Chef Arno Busquet's classic French ingredients evoke exotic flavors of Asia, Africa, Oceana and America. Not for those who prefer simple food, signature dishes include Cod steak deglazed with ginger caramel, accompanied with Puy green lentils with lemongrass. Les Ombres is an ideal place to impress your date or close that important business deal. Try to get a table by the window.
Highly acclaimed for its impeccable seafood, Antoine is the best bet to savor some fine creations. The chef Antoine Vigneron has left no stone unturned to provide diners with some well-needed grub from the heart of the ocean. There is fine shell fish, Carpaccio de Maigre, Filet de Boef and sea trout. Along with this, the restaurant also serves a fine selection of wines to tease the taste-buds a bit more. Dine here overlooking the Eiffel Tower in the distance while partaking of a savory menu.
Dining on the Effiel Tower will certainly be the cherry on top of your Parisian vacation. And to make this wish come true, 58 Tour Eiffel is here to offer you this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Stop and have a delicious yet beautifully composed lunch or dinner, and look out at the panoramic view of the contrast of modern buildings and classic architecture from the giant glass windows. Romance thrives with the very first step inside 58 Tour Eiffel, and the breathtaking scenery only deepens it. For this romantic evening, patrons are requested to be dressed to the T (formals for men and classy silhouettes for the ladies).
Truly a Parisian gem, this world-class restaurant is located inside the Eiffel Tower. Dining at Le Jules Verne is an experience unto itself. Patrons are whisked up a private elevator to a breathtaking dining room replete with some of the most amazing views from inside the iconic Paris landmark. The cuisine rivals the views with contemporary French dishes that are sumptuous and paired perfectly with a wine list of only the finest French wines. Prix fixe menus and specialty options complete the experience and add to the wow factor of this beloved Paris establishment.