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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.
Since its opening in 1832, Le Pharamond has been popular for its regional French cuisine: Home-Made Foie-Gras, Grilled Vire Andouille (Specialty Sausage). Let's not forget the house specialty, the Tripes à la Mode de Caen. Both locals and tourists adore this place, as it reminds them of Normandy. It has been a meeting-place for many intellectuals and politicians like Clemenceau, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, the Général de Gaulle, François Mitterrand, Moshe Dayan, Yul Brynner, Lino Ventura, and Coluche. The décor is rich and beautiful with mirrors and mosaïques, and this will get you in the mood for some fun and romance. Pharamond also has small VIP rooms for people who wish to spend some quality time.
Armed with a fine 13th-century splendor, Au Bistrot de la Montagne offers a variety of traditional French dishes that will make your visit here complete. Start with the amazing French Onion Soup and work your way through the Boeuf Casserole, Turkey Filet and Roast Pork, completing the experience with a bite of Red Fruits Cake or Apple Tart. The restaurant is perfect to accommodate large groups and private galas with its spacious rooms and pre-set group menus. It also supplies catering orders. Separate vegetarian choices are also available on request.
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.
An abundance of green plants, statuettes of the Virgin Mary and warm, vibrant colors are all part of the charm of the capital's best Brazilian bar and restaurant. Taste the Caïpirinha Cocktails (which include rum, soda and fresh mint), delicious Brazilian cuisine, and dance the night away to some festive Latin music. A great time is all but guaranteed!
Not far from the Garnier Opera, Drouant offers diners a beautiful modern table from Alsatian chef Antoine Westermann, and features updated classic French cooking. The establishment has a fine legacy dating back to the 1800s when it was first opened by Drouant. Today owned by Antoine Westermann, the cheery venue is often filled with regulars who love to sample the fine food. Choose from among Carpaccio of Scallops, Roasted Lamb Rack and Beet ravioli to excite the senses while having a fill of their fine wine here.
As the name suggests, this place is for hard rock lovers. With 21 screens featuring rock videos and the perfect sound system complementing it, Hard Rock Café is a popular choice among ardent rock fans. The cocktail bar is just the right place to enjoy a big glass of your favorite drink. Strategically located next to the Opera, this venue has hosted many star-studded events. Take your pick from the two floors and a VIP room – whichever suits the occasion.
Le Train Bleu is located in the Gare de Lyon Station and was built simultaneously with the Grand Palais, Pont Alexandre III and Petit Palais for the World Exhibtion of 1900. This dining room is ornate and gorgeously decorated with exquisite wall frescoes, gilded beams, rich wooden booths with blue motifs. The service is spot on and the cuisine is prepared in French Escoffier style. Must-haves include, Escargots in Chablis sauce, Loin of Lamb Provençal and Veal Kidneys in Mustard. In addition, the Big Ben Bar serves drinks in a jiffy.
Bizz'art is a versatile live music establishment located in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. An old British officer's loft has been renovated into a vibrant venue and restaurant, decked in classic hardwood furnishings. It features musical artists from a wide range of genres including jazz, soul, funk, and even hip hop. The venue is air conditioned and has capacity for about 100 people. It is open from 8p onwards on all days except Thursday when it opens at 7p. Call for additional information.
A Morrocan feast for your palate awaits you at L' Oriental. An African restaurant is incomplete without kemia; surely enough, this restaurant serves a delectable variety. If you do not try out the couscous here, you are definitely missing out on something good. L' Oriental offers private space and special menus for groups. Drop in with your friends and enjoy a get together with food and wine. They also offer takeaway services for those who are pinched for time, enjoy their delicious fare on-the-go!
French nouvelle cuisine and contemporary nuances is something unknown and unheard of within the confines of this little paradise. The patrons of Laurent are connoisseurs of traditional cooking and classic decor. The restaurant, with its rich history of being a hunting lodge that belonged to Louis XIV, is located on a green patch that gives it a very country-like appeal. The inside dining space has retained the royal hunting lodge essence while the terrace is a delight during summer months - but requires booking in advance. The wait staff helps you with your foie gras, lobsters and roasted pigeons, while the sommelier picks out the most delectable wine that would fairly complement your meal. So if you're invited to Laurent for a meal, you know you're in for a royal treat!