"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for all of Paris is a moveable feast."Ernest Hemingway
Tourists have realized what Hemingway said as it became one of the top and in-demand travel destinations in the world.
The city has fascinated different nationalities because of its numerous artistic resources, galleries, cafes, restaurants, rich culture and history. There are a lot of "most" that this city is proud of, like the very famous Eiffel Tower which is called the most visited paid monument in the world. And The Louvre which was the world's most visited art museum in 2015 that house Mona Lisa (La Joconde)
Aside from being the "City of Light," Paris was also named as the 'City of Art'. Affirming its reputation, the city celebrates its 43th Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain (FIAC), a yearly contemporary art fair that gives opportunity to the public to view and purchase the masterpieces done by great modern-day artists and craftsmen. This year, the event will begin from October 20 to 23 at the Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008.
Over the years, FIAC is evolving as an international meeting place mingled by gallery owners, specialists and lovers of modern, contemporary art and design.
After being amazed by the stunning paintings and sculptures at FIAC why not take a stroll at and taste the sophistication of the Parisian cuisine. Good food is a work of art too, right? Here are some top restaurants that Blouin Artinfo listed and were given good reviews from travellers.
1. Le Mini Palais Restaurant
Situated at the heart of the Golden Triangle, close to the Champs Elysées, this famous restaurant has received a lot of excellent praises from food and art lovers. The architectural design of its imperial columns has been its trademark. The sumptuous meals are cooked to perfection.
"Fabulous meal in a gorgeous setting," one of the Trip Advisor commentators said.
"What a pleasure to eat facing the Petit Palais in a great building, built for the universal exhibition early 1900's. The terrace is surrounded by columns and you have the feeling to have lunch or dinner with history," another fulfilled costumer posted.
2. Le Grand Colbert
If you're not conscious about the price tag, earn that bragging right for dining in like a celebrity at this classy restaurant.
Le Grand Colbert is well-known as it was shown in the film "Something's Gotta Give" starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves.
"It was just like it looked in the movie; it was quaint and very French! The roast chicken was fabulous and the waiter was fantastic,"a satisfied client said.
3. Champeaux Restaurant
Tagged as "The Brasserie of the 21st Century," Champeaux has a modern-day, industrial design.
One of the restaurant's highlights aside from the sumptuous menu is its unique display board. According to Alain-Ducasse website, a display board, (8.60 meters long by 1.40 meters high) similar to those in railway stations and airports, scrolls - in interactive connection with the kitchen - the menu, cooking times, batches of soufflés, or even the wines of the day."
Surely a feast for the eyes and stomach as well.
4. Monsieur Bleu
If you want to get a good view of the city while you dine, then Monsieur Bleu is an excellent choice. It is found in the new wing of the Palais de Tokyo, a modern art museum in Paris.
What sets it apart from the other elegant restaurant is its huge terrace, which can accommodate 200 people. You'll surely have a one-of-a-kind dining experience with its outstanding menus and magnificent view on the Eiffel Tower on the other side of the Seine River.
A very pleased costumer commented on Yelp, "Of all the places I've been to in Paris, you can't beat the surroundings or the food, and well worth the price!"
Paris never fails to amaze its tourist and even the locals. That's why people continuously come to visit and adore its beauty, art and food, surely a moveable feast to enjoy.
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