Museums In Paris Recommendations

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Im going to Paris in March and Im looking for some good restaurants (not too expensive) to go to and suggestions on which museum (besides the Louvre) I should go to. I will only be there for 3 days and Im having trouble deciding which one to go to, I was thinking Musee D'Orsay, does anyone have any suggestions?

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Hi Brooksy,
Which museums you should go depends on what kind of museums you like.
Here I have gathered some info on museum divided by category, from top museums you should see.

The Big & Most Popular Three Museums in Paris you should not miss are
The Louvre, the Mus?e d'Orsay,and Centre Georges Pompidou.
The Louvre's collection spans from about 7,000 BC until 1848, and has its own Big Three:
the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory.
The d'Orsay's collection picks up where the Louvre's leaves off and continues until 1914. The Pompidou has art from the early 20th century to the present.

In three days I do not thinkg you will have time to see more than those 3 Museums.
However if those 3 days you are staying in Paris, will allow you to see more museums I also suggest
you pick your favorite by your interest.

One-Man Shows
Mus?e Rodin,with its lovely sculpture garden; Mus?e Picasso; and Mus?e Marmottan-Claude Monet. There's also Mus?e Gustave Moreau,Mus?e Delacroix,and Mus?e Maillol. Dali enthusiasts will appreciate Espace Salvador Dali.

New & Improved
The Mus?e de l'Orangerie 's recent renovations make Monet's stunning Water Lilies even more stunning. The newly redone Mus?e des Arts Decoratifs inside Les Arts D?coratifs (which includes Mus?e de la Publicit? and Mus?e de la Mode) has one of the world's greatest decorative art collections. The new Mus?e du Quai Branly features African, Asian, and Oceanic art.

House Museums
A house museum is two treats in one: the art, and the house itself.
Maison de Victor Hugo and Maison de Balzac are the former homes of writers.
Maison de Baccarat has gorgeous glass creations, and Maison de Radio France presents the history of French radio. Mus?e Jacquemart-Andr? has an intriguing collection of Italian art, and Mus?e Nissim de Camondo has decorative art, mostly from the 18th century. Mus?e de la Vie Romantique was the elegant town house of Dutch-born painter Ary Scheffer, and Mus?e Cognacq-Jay was the home of Ernest Cognacq, founder of the now closed La Samaritaine department store. The Palais Galliera opens for exhibits on costume and clothing design.

Contemporary Art
Excellent venues for modern art include the Palais de Tokyo and Mus?e d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. There's also Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain to see emerging artists' work, and La Maison Rouge,which shows private collections.

French History
Mus?e National des Arts et Traditions Populaires has everything from beautifully carved marionettes to 18th-century waffle irons. Mus?e National du Moyen-Age has the well-known tapestry Lady and the Unicorn. Mus?e d'Art et d'Histoire du Juda?sme documents Jewish history in France. For Parisian history, don't miss Mus?e Carnevalet. Montmartre has its own museum,
Mus?e de Montmartre,while the history of one of Paris's most-visited churches can be absorbed at Mus?e de Notre Dame (although the church's archaeological crypt is more interesting). The new Cit? de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine presents a history of French architecture, while maritime history is the subject of the Mus?e de la Marine (both are in the Palais Chaillot). The Mus?e de la L?gion d'Honneur is an exploration of French and foreign military decoration and the Mus?e de l'Arm?e,at the Hotel des Invalides, is a phenomenal military museum. There's also the Mus?e Jea-Moulin in the Jardin Atlantique, focusing on the life of the famous leader of the French Resistance. The Mus?e de la Monnaies,in the H?tel des Monnais (the mint), is impressive for its coin collection.

If you have kids...  ... Here are some Museums which are best for them:

Best for Kids
Kids will love the hands-on science and technology displays at Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie,as well as learning about music at Mus?e de la Music,both in Parc de la Villette. The Grande Galerie d'Evolution and Mus?e de la Chasse et de la Nature have stuffed animals in their natural surrounds. The Palais de la D?couverte,a planetarium, and Mus?e Gr?vin,a wax museum, are perennial favorites. The fabulous Mus?e des Art et Metiers,has neat scientific instruments and inventions. For doll lovers, there's the Mus?e de la Poup?e.

Photography & Design
For a mix of photographs from different artists, your best bet is the Maison Europ?enne de la Photographie. Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson features works by the well-known French photographer in a building that was also his atelier. The Mus?e du Jeu de Paume, in the Tuileries, showcases modern photography exhibits. For modern design, the Fondation Le Corbusier is well worth the trip to the western edge of the city. The Fondation Pierre Berg?-Yves Saint Laurent is the designer's atelier as well as an archive and gallery of his work. For architecture, sit in on a workshop (in French) at the Maison de l'architecture d'Ile de France-Les Recollets.

African, Asian & Islamic Art
There's really only one place in town to see Asian art, but what a place it is:
The Mus?e Guimet is not to be missed. For Arab and Islamic art and architecture, visit the impressive Institut du Monde Arabe,and for African art, try Mus?e Dapper.

Other Museums, I do not know hot wo classify
There are some museums that can't easily be classified. The Mus?e de l'Erotisme is a seven-story building dedicated to everything associated with erotic fantasy, the Manufacture des Gobelins traces the history of weaving and tapestry, and the Mus?e de l'Art Na?f Max-Fourny,inside Halle St-Pierre, focuses on outside, folk, and raw art. The Mus?e des Collections Historique de la Prefecture de Police is, you guessed it, a museum of the Paris police.

Art Galleries Museums
You'll find several contemporary art galleries near the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Mus?e Picasso, and the Bastille Op?ra. The city's hottest avant-garde art scene is on and around the rue Louise Weiss near the Biblioth?que Fran?ois-Mitterrand in the 13 e. Around St-Germain and the place des Vosges the galleries are more traditional; works by old masters and established modern artists dominate the galleries around rue du Faubourg St-Honor? and avenue Matignon. Carr? Rive Gauche, around rue du Bac in St-Germain, has dozens of art and antiques galleries on its narrow streets.

As you can see there are a whole lof of Museums to see in Paris, In only 3 days it is really hard to choose which one to see, it dependts on what you like. But that is all right, at least you will have a reason to comeback   

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There is nowhere in the world like Paris when it comes to museums, 3 days are definitely not enough time to see all the good ones !

In this glorious European city you'll find as much to explore within four walls, as you will in the city itself. It's merely a question of personal tastes and having the time to explore.
Of course, the top on every tourist's list is the Louvre, known the world over and home to countless masterpieces including the Mona Lisa.
Then there are museums that cover a certain time period like the Mus?e d' Orsay showcasing art from 1848 to 1914 and the Centre Georges Pompidou covering Modern Art. Some museums concentrate on specific artists, like the Mus?e Rodin, Mus?e National Picasso and the Espace Montmartre Dali. Other focus on art from around the world like the Mus?e de l'Institute du Monde Arabe, devoted to Arabic-Islamic art and the Mus?e National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, which is the foremost museum on Buddhist art in Europe.
Want to learn about medals and coins, hunting weapons and animals, erotic art or perfume?
There is a museum for it here in Paris. In fact, there are enough museums for several weeks of rain or snow, should you be so unlucky as to encounter such weather.

Please note that some museums are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and all are closed on bank holidays. Free or reduced admission may be available for children or students.
The most economical way to visit museums in Paris, if you plan to see several, is to purchase a 1-, 3- or 5-day Paris Museum Pass from one of the Metro stations, the tourist offices or at participating museums and monuments. This will allow you to visit as many museums as you like on the days of your pass and to forgo lines to buy tickets.

You have also ask about restaurants right?

Good Restaurants in Paris

There are great cafes and restaurants in every nook and cranny all over the city, but I found a good concentration of excellent places to eat just between the Centre Pompidou and the Forum des Halles, and there?s also a load of stylish spots in the Le Marais area.

If you want to eat really cheap go to the Market.....
There are more than 100 march?s alimentaires in Paris, and these outdoor markets are at their bustling best on Sunday. There's plenty to buy and eat even if you don't have access to a kitchen. The makings of a great picnic are close at hand: cheese, charcuterie, bread, and fruit?and most markets have a vendor selling sinfully delicious street food. I'm particularly fond of the churros at Bastille, the accras de morue (spicy West Indian fish balls) at Place des F?tes, and the freshly grilled homemade sausages at Jaur?s. A full list of outdoor markets organized by arrondissement can be found at; note that most are packing up by 1pm.

Do you like chineese food ?
The city's Chinatown, down in the southeast corner, is positively humming on Sundays. A favorite among local foodies is the Thai/Vietnamese hybrid Lao Lane Xang 2. Their lacquered duck breast in a chilli-nuoc cham sauce is a killer (102 Avenue d'Ivry, 13th arrondissement, 011-33/1-58-89-00-00). Less trendy, less expensive, and equally delicious is Pho Banh Cuon 14, a Vietnamese dive that has crowds queuing up on the sidewalk for soup (129 avenue de Choisy, 13th arrondissement, 011-33/1-45-83-61-15). Outside of Chinatown, the restaurant Liza has garnered high praise for its Lebanese dishes (14 rue Banque, 2nd arrondissement, 011-33/1-55-35-00-66), and Chez Omar is a classic for North African couscous (47 rue Bretagne, 3rd arrondissement, 011-33/1- 42-72-36-26). Naniwa-Ya is my new favorite in the Japanese quarter just behind the Palais Royal (11 rue Sainte-Anne, 1st arrondissement, 011-33/1-40-20-43-10). Both shops and restaurants in the Jewish quarter, which goes silent for the sabbath on Friday night, are wide open for business on Sunday. Finally, I still can't get enough of the sandwiches, served with plenty of hot sauce, at L'As du Falafel (34, rue des Rosiers, 4th arrondissement, 011-33/1-48-87-63-60).

Here Are some of my favorite Restaurants that I always eat when I travel to Paris.....
However they are not cheap at all.

Chez Francoise
In fact you will find everything you are looking for here.
The welcome and service are very good, the cuisine is refined, the d?cor is a blend of today and yesterday, always on the move. The space will no doubt surprise you, the winter garden sets the tone whereas the terrace is truly enchanting during the summer months.
I have eaten there Veal chops with spices, creamy polent?`and Irish beef entrec?te.
I tried and recommend to eat there B?arnaise sauce, vegetable millefeuille
Tuna fish steak, eggplants parmiggiana.

A?rogare des Invalides
75007 Paris - France
Tel : 00 33 (0)1 45 72 07 14

Taillevent restaurant
Nestled in a townhouse built in 1852, once residence of Duke of Morny, Taillevent restaurant is an institution - a reputated table in the Champs Elysees district : A cosy interior and a comfortable dining room, one of the greatest wine list of the city (The restaurant is said to own a treasure of about 800.000 bottles of wine...) and a cuisine of exception orchestrated by Chef Alain Soliveres? An unceasingly renewed tradition and a continual search for perfection.

Ang?lina restaurant
Situated under the cloisters, this glorious 1903 belle ?poque tearoom is renowned for its wonderful African hot chocolate, served with a pot of whipped cream
Located  in 226 rue de Rivoli, 1e. Phone 42 60 82 00

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Here is an eating Schedule I recommend you to do while you are traveling Paris ja ja....

Begin your day the French way, with a caf? au lait and a piece of satisfyingly crusty baguette.
Then brace yourself for a foray into the back streets !
I personaly like to head to Montmartre to the Coquelicot boulangerie on Rue des Abbesses, complete with coffee served in a bowl and homemade jams.

If you wanna eat cheap, avoid anything too close to the big tourist attractions, if the menu comes in four different languages and the clientele are all studying their guidebooks, you're better off skipping lunch! If you've got a serious day of sight-seeing ahead, pack a picnic from the sumptuous foodhall at Galeries Layfayette (Boulevard Haussmann) or visit La Grande Epicerie at the Left Bank's grand dame department store, Au Bon Marche (Rue de Sevres).

A more rough and ready experience awaits at any of the city's street markets. Nearly every neighborhood has one, just follow your nose or the steady stream of elegant elderly ladies wheeling shopping trolleys stuffed with lush fresh produce.

If you'd rather lunch with the literati, Les Editeurs (4 Carrefour de l'Odeon) should fit the bill. Sink into a red-leather banquette and see if you can spot the publishing sensations of tomorrow while surrounded by books, and the people who wrote or edited them.

Another good bet if you've been gazing at the Eiffel Tower is the unassuming Le Comptoir de 7eme (Avenue de la Motte Picquet,), for well-presented bistro favourites at reasonable prices.

The best ice-creams in Paris (the best in the world?) come from Berthillon (Rue Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile, Ile St Louis). Prepare to queue, but know that it's worth the wait!

If the weather is more suited to hot chocolate than sorbet, there can be no better destination than the elegant salons of Laduree, home of the famous macaroons. (Ladur?e Royale, Rue Royale or Ladur?e Champs Elys?es, Avenue des Champs Elys?es).

When it's time to dine, you will love the atmosphere at tiny Robert et Louise (Rue Vieille du Temple), where diners share rustic wooden tables and tuck into massive slabs of meat cooked on a cast iron plate over an open fire.

Montmatre's best asset is Le Refuge des Fondues (Rue Trois Freres), complete with Asterix-lookalike waiter. You can't book ahead here but if there's a line outside, rest assured that the queue is worth the wait. Here, you choose either cheese or meat and drink wine out of a baby bottle. (It's a tax dodge.)

It's becoming a bit of a tourist clich?, but no trip to Paris is complete without a falafel from one of the hole-in-the-wall joints along nearby Rue de Rosiers. We like Chez Marianne, Chez Hanna and L'As du Falafel, but there are plenty of others to choose from. Other excellent options nearby -- all offering twists on classic bistro fare - include Le Petit Marche (Rue de Bearn), Bofinger (Rue de la Bastille) and Les Philosophes (Rue Vieille du Temple).

For fabulous fine dining, especially if a romantic supper for two is called for, try Mon Vieux Ami (Rue Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile, Ile St Louis), Restaurant Georges (level six, Centre Pompidou) or Alain Ducasse at the Hotel Plaza Ath?n?e (Avenue Montaigne).

Hope my little eating schedule will help you not to stay hungry while traveling Paris.


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Hi Guys, Here are some of my restaurants recommendations....

The high-end Lebanese restaurant Liza (Tucked near the former stock exchange),  is a worthy place to unload some euros. Within the cool white and turquoise space, servers deliver beautifully presented mezze dishes (the lamb tartare and the pomegranate-seed-topped pur?e of aubergine are standouts) and robust main courses like lamb confit and salty-sweet grilled meatballs.

Jacques Cousteau goes to Asia at Ozu, a tony Japanese restaurant inside the new Cin?Aqua aquarium. Flanked by a huge fish tank, the blond wood dining room fills with Marc Jacobs-clad couples and Japanese globe-trotters who dine on thick-cut blocks of sashimi, beignet of monkfish with ginger, and cheesecake flavored with shiso (Japanese balsamic).

After years as a restaurateur at L'Orangerie in Los Angeles ? where numerous celebrities engaged his services for private events ? the chef Gilles Epi? returned to France and opened Citrus ?toile. Moving from light and fresh novelties (salmon marinated "herring style") to decadent confections (foie gras-stuffed beignets topped in a syrupy-sweet port-wine reduction) to classic French staples (rabbit with mustard sauce), Mr. Epi? is a true culinary contortionist.

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Living for 3 years in Paris, I enjoyed the great restaurants and cafes.
Ultra-expensive temples of gastronomy include Alain Ducasse, L'Astor, Taillevent, Pierre Gagnaire, Lasserre, Jacques Cagna, Le Grand V?four, and La Tour d'Argent.

If you are Savvy diner you can confine your trip to luxe places for special occasions. An array of other choices awaits, including simpler restaurants.
Paris has hundreds of restaurants serving exotic international fare, reflecting the changing complexion of Paris itself and the city's increasing appreciation for food from other cultures. Your most memorable meal in Paris may turn out to be Vietnamese or West African ja ja.

You'll also find hundreds of bistros, brasseries, and cafes. In modern times, their designations and roles have become almost meaningless. Traditionally, a bistro was a small restaurant, often with Mom at the cash register and Pop in the kitchen. Menus are most often handwritten or mimeographed, and the selection of dishes tends to be small. Menus can be chic and elegant, sometimes heavily Mediterranean, and often dispensing gutsy fare, including the pot-au-feu (beef simmered with vegetables) that the chef's grandmother prepared for him as a kid.

French for "brewery," most brasseries have an Alsatian connection, and that means lots of beer, although Alsatian wines are also featured. Brasseries are almost always brightly lit and open 24 hours. Both snacks and full meals are available. The Alsatian establishments serve sauerkraut with an array of pork products.

The cafe is a French institution and not just a place for an aperitif, a caf? au lait, or a croissant. Many cafes serve rib-sticking fare as well, certainly entrec?te (rib steak) with french fries, but often classics such as blanquette de veau (veal in white sauce).

Ther are also some great wine bars in Paris which offer not only wine but various daily specials, from homemade foie gras to boeuf ? la mode (marinated beef braised with red wine and served with vegetables).

Although not as fashionable as before, baby bistros are still around. At these reasonably priced spinoffs from deluxe restaurants, you can get a taste of the cuisine of famous chefs without breaking the bank.

Dining In Paris

Most restaurants serve lunch between noon and 2:30pm and dinner from 7 to 10pm. In a cafe, if you stand at the bar for a drink, coffee, or sandwich, prices are reduced from what they would be if you were seated at a table. French cookery reaches perfection when accompanied by wine. The general label on bottles of national wine is known as Appellation d'Origine Contr?ll?e (abbreviated AOC). Wine labels are narrowed down to a particular vine-growing region. Of course, labels are only part of the story: It's the vintage that counts.

Some of the most satisfying wines come from unlabeled house bottles or carafes, called vin de la maison. They're also the cheapest wines served. Some restaurants include a beverage in their fixed-price menu (boisson compris). French beers are cheaper than imported beers. One of the best French beers has a German sounding name. It's Kronenbourg, and it's bottled in Alsace.

Three-star dining remains quite expensive, with appetizers sometimes priced at 60? ($87) and dinners easily costing 185? to 250? ($268-$363) per person in the top dining rooms of celebrated chefs. But you can get around that high price tag in many places by dining at lunch (when prices are always cheaper) or ordering a prix-fixe meal at lunch or dinner.

The prix-fixe (fixed-price) menu or le menu is a set meal that the chef prepares that day. It is most often fresh and promptly served, and represents a greater bargain than dining a la carte. Of course, it's limited, so you'll have to like the choices provided. Sometimes there are one to three menus, beginning with the least expensive and going up for a more elaborate meal. A lot depends on your pocketbook and appetite.

In France, lunch (as well as dinner) tends to be a full-course meal with meat, vegetables, salad, bread, cheese, dessert, wine, and coffee. It may be difficult to find a restaurant that serves the type of light lunch North Americans usually eat. Cafes, however, offer sandwiches, soup, and salads in a relaxed setting.

Coffee in France is served after the meal and carries an extra charge. The French consider it barbaric to drink coffee during the meal and, unless you order it with milk (au lait), it'll be served black. In more conscientious places, it's prepared as the traditional caf? filtre, a slow but rewarding java draw.

In years gone, no man would consider dining out, even at the neighborhood bistro, without a suit and tie, and no woman would be seen without a smart dress or suit. That dress code is more relaxed now, except in first-class and luxe establishments. Relaxed doesn't mean sloppy jeans and jogging attire, however. Parisians still value style, even when dressing informally.

Sometimes service is added to your tab -- usually 12% to 15%. If not, look for the words service non compris on your bill. That means that the cost of service was not added, and you'll be expected to leave a tip.

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No matter how long you stay in Paris, I suggest you indulge in at least one break-the-bank French meal at a fabulous restaurant. It will be a memory you'll treasure long after you've recovered from paying the tab. However, to get a table at one of these places, you must reserve far in advance -- at least a day or two ahead, sometimes even a few weeks or months ahead! I suggest you look over these listings and call for reservations before you leave home or at least as soon as you get into town.

9th Arrondissement
As with its counterparts from Hong Kong to Reykjav?k, the Hard Rock Cafe, 14 bd. Montmartre, 9e (tel. 01-53-24-60-00; M?tro: Grands Boulevards or Richelieu-Drouot), offers musical memorabilia as well as musical selections from 35 years of rock. The crowd appreciates the juicy steaks, hamburgers, veggie burgers, salads, pastas, and heaping platters of informal French-inspired food. It's open Sunday to Thursday 8:30am to 1am and Friday to Saturday 8:30am to 2am.

Chinatown Paris Style
More and more visitors are discovering that Paris, as with New York, has a Chinatown. Take the M?tro to Porte d'Ivry or Place d'Italie in the 13th arrondissement. Quartier Chinois, a 5-minute walk from Place d'Italie, centers on avenue d'Ivry. Here you will find 250,000 Asians (the population grows all the time) living in a center of food stores, Asian restaurants and markets, and rows of teas and spices straight from China. The center of the sector is Tang Fr?res, the largest Asian-food market in Europe. Spend a morning exploring here and stick around for lunch. I'd recommend Le Mer de Chine at 159 des Rentiers, 13e (tel. 01-45-84-22-49; M?tro: Place d'Italie), serving the best Cantonese cuisine in Paris.

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I will advice you to go to the Musée Marmotant if you like the impressionists paintings : it is a former private hotel so the building in itself is worthy of going, but in addition there are beautiful paintings from Monet inside.

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My favorite museum in Paris is the Musee D'Orsay .The impressionist section was incredible! Photos and reproductions do not do justice to the originals. I would choose the Musee D'Orsay over any other Paris attraction!!! It was that incredible!

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You can find Hotel de la Place du Louvre.

Museums - The Musée du Louvre, The world-famous Museum Orangerie.




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Hi there,

I am going on world wide tour in the starting of the next year.

I am really happy to see all the stuffs right here about Paris. Thank you all!

Txs Again! I must say, it's really helpful.

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Id higly recommend Musee Dapper, ive found it using GPS Mobile Guide and been there lately. It has incredible collection of african art

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I think you should opt for many other places that gives a real fun.

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