Art Nouveau in Paris is mostly represented by an extraordinary array of restaurants, including Mollard, Bouillon Racine, Train Bleu, Montparnasse 1900, Fermette Marbeuf and Vagenende. La Coupole is a world famous Art Deco restaurant. These restaurants serve top quality French cuisine. The perfect combination for a great time. Top Restaurants in Paris.
The city of lights is less famous for Art Nouveau than Barcelona. Nevertheless , the Art Nouveau restaurants are not the only examples in town of this beautiful style
The metro entrances designed by Hector Guimard have become emblematic examples of Art Nouveau. The city was also the site of the Exposition Universelle in 1900 which introduced the movement to people from across the world.
Some of the structures built for the occasion and still standing today also represent the new style, in particular, the gallery of the Grand Palais. Some people even consider the Eiffel Tower, finished in 1889 to be an Art Nouveau structure.
Hector Guimard was not the only architect to produce Art Nouveau designs in Paris. Built in 1901 by Jules Lavirotte, the seven-story building at 29 Avenue Rapp is probably the most extreme example of the ornamental delirium that Art Nouveau brought to the city. Jules Lavirotte collaborated with his friend, the ceramist Alexandre Bigot,and other fellow sculptors, to create this flamboyant and voluptuous façade, making them winners of the annual architectural frontage competition of Paris that same year.
Due to its asymmetry, organic forms and color tones, and use of modern materials, the building was very much an object of gossip at the turn of the century, unsurprising when you’re confronted with it the first time. 29 Avenue Rapp presents an extraordinary amount of erotic wit, visually translated through stone in both abstract motifs and figurative symbols that were immediately understood by fin de siecle minds.
Paris has an incredibly rich legacy of restaurants from the Art Nouveau time (1890-1914), a lively and artistic period in the city, kicked off by the Eiffel Tower inauguration in 1889 and abruptly ended by World War 1. In addition to the selected top restaurants below, we also recommend the classical Vagenende, Montparnasse 1900 and the luxurious Grand Cafe in the Opera district. Minipalais, hosted in the grandiose 1900 Grand Palais, is definitely one of our favorite restaurants in town.
Mollard was founded in 1895 by Mr and Mrs Mollard opposite Saint-Lazare train station in the 8th arrondissement to serve wealthy passengers doing business in Paris. Mollard has a superb Art Nouveau decor, with large frescos in shades of green, blue and gold, beige and brown marble columns and ancient mosaics. Mollard was officially classified in the complementary list of historic monuments in 1989.
Mollard is a classical brasserie with fresh seafood and everything you could wish for an excellent meal. Choice of sea food is large: oysters, clams, mussels, sea urchin, crab, prawns, shrimps, craw fishes, sea snails. The choice of typically French deserts is great too: Omelette Mollard flambée au Grand Marnier, Profiteroles, Creme brulee.
Near the Champs-Elysees, in a quiet and fancy street, the Fermette Marbeuf is a unique place offering an authentic setting for lunch or dinner. The restaurant is one of the few in town listed as a historical monument.
The Fermette Marbeuf welcomes guests with its authentic Art Nouveau decor around a traditional home cooking. When booking, ask for the main room, a 1900 Art Nouveau dining room that was rediscovered in 1978 and turned into a restaurant. The intimacy of this room with few tables and much space is marvellous.
Good food, close to Champs Elysees. We like the Soufflé au Grand Marnier. Set menus start at 24.90 euros, which is very reasonable in this otherwise expensive district.
Bouillon Racine represents over 100 years of culinary history close to the Sorbonne University in the heart of the left bank.
It was created in 1906 as a bouillon, the ancestors of Parisian brasseries serving food to working people. Its Art Nouveau setting made of carved wood, ceramics, mirrors and glass paintings, is one of the most beautiful in town.
Now listed as an historical monument, Bouillon Racine offers an immersion in the Paris of the 1900s. Where food is concerned, the chef Alexandre Belthoise has selected a subtle blend of modern day and more traditional dishes.3 course menu at 33 euros for lunch and dinner.
Train Bleu is the largest and most impressive Art Nouveau restaurant in town. As Paris was about to receive a major new Universal Exhibition in 1900, the Gare de Lyon, with trains to Lyon, Marseille and the French Riviera, had to take the appearance of a palace. The project was entrusted to architect Marius Toudoire. He built the 64 meters clock-tower, the monumental facade of the sation and a prestigious buffet, symbol of travel, comfort and luxury. The Train Bleu, as it was called was inaugurated in 1901.
Gildings, mouldings, chandeliers, frescoes representing the cities served by the station cover the walls of the restaurant, giving it the appearance of a museum. Good classical French food. First set menu at 49 euros.
The City of Lights has a rich legacy of restaurants from the Art Deco time (1910-1930), the revival time after World War I. In addition to the selected restaurant below, the list includes among others Prunier and Cafe du Commerce.
Well known since 1927 in Paris artistic circles and a true Art Deco masterpiece, La Coupole is the most famous Parisian brasserie in the world. In the heart of Montparnasse district. Very large room, confortable, beautiful decoration.
With passion, the chef regularly updates the menu to keep pace with the seasons. One of the most beautiful seafood arrays in all of Paris, Chicory and scallop tatin style tart with orange and a citrus white butter sauce, gorgeous sole meuniere or plancha, seafood sauerkraut, Indian-style curry with lamb. Each dish is a subtle balance of originality and tradition. Set menus at lunchtime start at 19.50 euros.