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Jan 23, 2014 06:26 AM

Five days with an architect...where to eat?

This May we will have an architect and his business woman wife stay with us. This will be their first visit to Paris. Which restaurants have great building design, interesting views, a history associated with art or science? All I can think of is Jules Verne... What do you suggest?

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  1. "Which restaurants have great building design, interesting views, a history associated with art or science?"
    Sorriest, sounds as though you were setting yourself up for gimmick heaven.
    The only resto that has good food AND interesting interior that I can think of is Les Climats.
    Otherwise, there are the likes of Le Train Bleu (ok brasserie fare), La Mosquée (clone mint tea). Sort of goes downhill from there.

    1. Historic building intelligently restored, memorable food and a typical Paris alley view: Spring.

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      1. re: mangeur

        The main room of Spring is nice but not a standout design. The basement is already more interesting. And the cellar… Unfortunately one can't eat there.

      2. An 18th century toll house? La Rotonde Villette (designed by Ladoux)

        Or the old municipal mortuary? Les Grandes Tables du 104
        might be suitable for lunch...

        Scroll down JT's reviews on 19e for details:

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        1. re: mangeur

          Agree with both Les Climats (ex Telephone Exchange) and the 104 (ex-mortuary which housed horses, hearses and suchlike). Go to the Train Bleu for a coffee or walk thru. And what about Saut de Loup and the MiniPalais? Saturne has that neat but awful sound-bouncing glass ceiling. A snack in the Versailles Cafe, great setting, modern room?
          Parnassien - do you think the Maison de l'Amerique Latin or the restaurant of the Maison des Polytechniciens qualify?

          1. re: John Talbott

            And a drink at the bar at l'Hôtel.
            How is Lapérouse these days? It has been good, bad, good, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad. Where is the cycle now ?
            A very nice space is the café of Musée Jacquemart-André. It has ok quiche and quite nice pastries. Lovely lunch place.

            1. re: Parigi

              Jacquemart-André; beautiful, but food?
              Galleria and Petit Palais, ditto.

          2. Maceo is a restaurant in an historic building in the 1er... with beautiful ceilings. I love the food there. and the ambiance.

            1. I haven't been to the Jules Verne since the putsch but that's pretty impressive. And how about restaurants in the passages - Yamcha, Passage 53, Racines, Coinstot Vino and the like?
              This is a great challenge.
              But make sure he also goes to the Glass House and Sainte-Geneviève and Bibliotheque Downtown Libraries (if the latter is accessible). To stay on topic we can give places around them to eat other than Maceo.

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              1. re: John Talbott

                Yes, the different passages offer a nice architectural view of Paris (even the one with all the Indian restaurants).