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1 Paris Opera  
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architect

Charles Garnier

location

The Garnier Opera is a grand landmark at the north terminus of the Av. de la Opera in Paris. (metro station: Opéra)

date

1857 to 1874

style

NeoBaroque  Beaux-Arts

construction

masonry

type

Theatre

The Palais Garnier is an opera house, a grand landmark at the northern end of the Avenue de l'Opéra in the IXe arrondissement of Paris, France. It is regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time. Built in Neo-baroque style, it is the thirteenth theatre to house the Paris Opera since it was founded by Louis XIV in 1669. It seats 1,979.

It was often also called the Paris Opera, but since the building of the Opéra Bastille in 1989, it is referred to as the Opéra Garnier.
 
     
2 Lucas Carton  
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architect

Majorelle

location

9,place de la Madeleine, Métro Madeleine

date

 

style

Art Nouveau

construction

stone

type

Restaurant
 
     
3 Maxim's   
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architect

Marnez

location

3, rue Royale

date

1893

style

Art Nouveau

construction

masonry

type

Restaurant

Maxim's is a restaurant in Paris, France, located on the rue Royale. It is known for its art nouveau interior decor. Maxim's was founded during the Belle Epoque, on April 7, 1893.
Chefs that worked at Maxim's included a young Wolfgang Puck.
 
     
4 Cinema Rex  

architect

André Bluysen with John Eberson as consultant

location

1 Boulevard Poissonière, 2nd.

date

1931

style

Art Deco 

construction

rendered masonry

type

Theatre

From the 1830s through to the 1930s, Paris was a theatergoers paradise. There was every kind of performance from music-hall burlesque to avant-garde music, housed in fantastically beautiful and innovative buildings. When film became popular, Parisian architects adapted the theater template into magnificent cinema temples.
 
     
 
The Top 10 Places to Eat (Very Expensive)
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Paris has some of the finest restaurants in the world. These are the best and they are very expensive.

1. Lucas Carton
9 place de la Madeleine, Paris 8th - métro: Madeleine
Ph: 01.42.65.22.90
Very creative cuisine. Don't miss the famous Apicius duck!

2. L'Ambroisie
9 place des Vosges, Paris 4th - métro: Saint-Paul
Ph: 01.42.78.51.45
Very refined cooking, in a splendid Renaissance decor.

3. Alain Ducasse
59 av. R. Poincaré, Paris 16th - métro: Victor Hugo
Ph: 01.47.27.12.27
Classical French cuisine.

4. La Tour d'Argent
17 quai de Tournelle, Paris 5th - métro: Cardinal-Lemoine
Ph: 01.43.54.23.31
A very famous address with the best view of Notre-Dame.

5. Les Ambassadeurs (Hôtel de Crillon)
10 place de la Concorde, Paris 8th - métro: Concorde
Ph: 01.44.71.16.16

6. Cercle Ledoyen
Carré des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8th - métro: Concorde or Champs-Elysées
Ph: 01.53.05.10.00 - Fax: 01.47.42.55.01
Excellent Northern French cuisine with specialties cooked in beer.

7. Taillevent
15 rue Lamennais, Paris 8th - métro: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile
Ph: 01.44.95.15.01 - Fax: 01.42.25.95.18

8. Guy Savoy
18 rue Troyon, Paris 17th - métro: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile
Ph: 01.43.80.40.61
Don't miss the delicious Mille-Feuille.

9. Le Grand Véfour
17 rue de Beaujolais, Paris 1st - métro: Palais-Royal
Ph: 01.42.96.56.27 - Fax: 01.42.86.80.71
A sumptuous restaurant under the arcades of the Palais-Royal.

10. L'Arpège
84 rue de Varenne, Paris 7th - métro: Varenne
Ph: 01.47.05.09.06 - Fax: 01.44.18.98.39
Great food with original dishes.

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The Top 10 Places to Eat (Inexpensive)
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You do not need to spend a fortune for a delicious meal!

1. Chez Clément
6 addresses in Paris, including:
47 av. de Wagram, Paris 17th - métro: Ternes
Ph: 01.53.81.97.00
123 av des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8th - métro: George V
Ph: 01.40.73.87.00
Chain of casual restaurants decorated like welcoming and cozy homes. Serve good traditional French cuisine at very reasonable prices.

2. Restaurant des Beaux-Arts
11 rue Bonaparte, Paris 6th - métro: St-Germain-des-Prés
Ph: 01.43.26.92.64
Simple and good home-style cooking.

3. Les Noces de Jeannette
14 rue Favart, Paris 2nd - métro: Richelieu-Drouot
Ph: 01.42.96.36.89
Very welcoming bistro, which has an excellent fixed-price menu.

4. Le Patio Provençal
116 rue des Dames, Paris 17th - métro: Villiers
Ph: 01.42.93.73.73
Tasteful dishes from Provence.

5. Osteria del Passe-partout
20 rue de l'Hirondelle, Paris 6th - métro: St-Michel
Ph: 01.46.34.14.54
Very good Italian cooking at reasonable prices.

6. Chez Marianne
2 rue des Hospitalières-Saint-Gervais, Paris 4th - métro: Saint-Paul or Hôtel-de-ville
Ph: 01.42.72.18.86
Jewish specialties from Central Europe. Very nice terrace in Summer.

7. Dame tartine
2 rue Brisemiche, Paris 4th - métro: Hôtel-de-Ville or Les Halles
Ph: 01.42.77.32.22
Pleasant terrace over the fanciful and colorful fountains by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint-Phalle.

8. Lescure
7 rue de Mondovi, Paris 1st - métro: Concorde
Ph: 01.42.60.18.91
A bargain in this neighborhood!

9. Chartier
7 rue du Faubourg-Montmartre, Paris 9th - métro: Rue Montmartre
Ph: 01.47.70.86.29
Although the food is ordinary, people come here for the atmosphere.

10. Orestias
4 rue Grégoire-de-Tours, Paris 6th - métro: Odéon
Ph: 01.43.54.62.01
Greek and French food. Serves a fixed-price menu.

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The Top 10 Restaurants with a View
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1. La Tour d'Argent
17 quai de Tournelle, Paris 5th - métro: Cardinal-Lemoine
Ph: 01.43.54.23.31
A very famous address with the best view of Notre-Dame.

2. Jules Verne
Tour Eiffel (second floor), Champ de Mars, Paris 7th - métro: Trocadéro or Dupleix or RER Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel
Ph: 01.45.55.61.44
For a romantic evening. Excellent dining.

3. La Maison Blanche
15 av. Montaigne, Paris 8th - métro: Alma Marceau
Ph: 01.47.23.55.99 - Fax: 01.47.20.09.56
From the rooftop of the Theâtre des Champs-Elysées, nice view over the Seine and the capital.

4. Ziriab
Institut de Monde Arabe (9th floor)
1 rue des Fossés St-Bernard, Paris 5th - métro: Jussieu
Ph: 01.46.33.47.70
Excellent Arabic food.

5. Ciel de Paris
Tour Montparnasse (56th floor)
33 av. du Maine, Paris 14th - métro: Montparnasse
Ph: 01.45.38.52.35

6. Altitude 95
Tour Eiffel (1st floor), Champ de Mars, Paris 7th - métro: Trocadéro or Dupleix or RER Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel
Ph: 01.45.55.20.04
Good address, less expensive than the Jules Verne restaurant.

7. Morot-Gaudry
6 rue de la Cavalerie, Paris 15th - métro: La Motte-Picquet
Ph: 01.46.33.47.70
Nice view of the Eiffel tower from the 6th floor of a building.

8. Toupary
Samaritaine (5th floor)
2 quai du Louvre, Paris 1st - métro: Pont-Neuf
Ph: 01.40.41.29.29

9. Patachou
9 place du Tertre, Paris 18th - métro: Anvers
Ph: 01.42.51.06.06
Pleasant terrace overlooking Paris.

10. Le Totem
Palais de Chaillot, 1 place du Trocadéro, Paris 16th - métro: Trocadéro
Ph: 01.47.27.28.29 - Fax: 01.47.27.53.01

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The Top 10 Things To Do with Children
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Paris and its suburbs offer plenty of attractions for children.

1. La Vilette - La Cité des Enfants
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Parc de la Villette
30 av Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19th - métro: Porte de la Villette
Ph: 01.40.05.70.00
Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Mondays.
A part of the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie is specially dedicated to children. 90-minute "discovery" programs are held every day. Fun experiments to discover the human body, the weather, the world of animals...

2. Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle (Museum of Natural History)
Jardin des Plantes
36 rue Geoffroy St-Hilaire, Paris 5th - métro: Gare d'Austerlitz or Censier-Daubenton
Ph: 01.40.79.30.00
Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Don't miss the newly renovated "Grande Galerie de l'Evolution", with impressive zoological collections.

3. Eurodisney
Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy (RER line A4) - 32 km east of Paris
Information by phone in France: 01.60.30.60.30, in the UK: 01733-335 567, or in the USA: 1-407-WDISNEY.
Open daily from 9 am to 8 pm during the week, from 9 am to 11 pm Saturdays and Sundays.


4. Jardin du Luxembourg
Paris 6th - métro: Cluny-la-Sorbonne or RER Luxembourg
Pony rides, toy sailboats and puppet shows.

5. Jardin des Tuileries
Paris 1st - métro: Tuileries or Concorde
Pony rides, toy sailboats and puppet shows.

6. Parc Astérix
30km north of Paris
Ph: 01.44.62.34.44
Open daily, from April to September, from 10 am to 6 pm.
From October to March open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only.
Come and discover Astérix and Obélix, the heroes of the most famous French comic strip.

7. Palais de la Découverte
Av. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Paris 8th - métro Franklin-Roosevelt
Ph: 01.40.74.80.00 - Fax: 01.40.74.81.81
Open daily from 9.30 am to 6 pm and Sundays 10 am to 7 pm. Closed on Mondays.
The ancestor of the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie. Although a little old-fashioned, it's still very interesting.

8. Musée Grévin
10 blvd Montmartre, Paris 9th - métro: Rue-Montmartre
Ph: 01.47.70.85.05- Fax: 01.47.70.06.53
Open every day from 1 pm (10 am during school holidays) to 7 pm.
A wax museum with famous figures, from François Mitterrand to Claudia Schiffer.

9. The Paris Zoo
Parc zoologique de Paris
Bois de Vincennes
53 av.de St-Maurice, Paris 12th - métro: Porte-Dorée or Château-de-Vincennes
Ph: 01.44.75.20.00
Open daily from 9 am to 6.30 pm (5 pm from October to April).

10. Bois de Boulogne, Jardin d'Acclimatation
Paris 16th - métro: Sablons, Porte Maillot, la Muette or Porte d'Auteuil
A very nice place for the whole family to go canoeing, sunbathe or have a picnic in summer. There is also an amusement park for kids.