By Jessica Russo
Yay! You're off to Paris - the land of couture, culture, and cuisine. If you're anything like us, dining is way up on your list of Parisian priorities.
Of course you're looking forward to classic bistros and picnics on the Seine, but why not add a little spice to your experience? Take one or two nights to dine in a 1920s train car, enjoy live opera as you eat, or indulge in dessert at Paris' very own cat cafe. These unique eateries will leave your appetite satisfied, and your memory filled with amazing stories to tell when you get home.
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This restaurant will make you stop and say "whoa" as soon as you step inside. Enjoy a decadent meal under the beauty of a soaring, colorful stained glass dome. You won't know where to focus - on the delicious food on your plate or on the kaleidoscope of color above?!
Address: 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France
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Dinner aboard the Orient Express? Yes, please! Climb aboard one of the last authentic wagons of this famous, mysterious train and step back in time to the 1920s. As you savor delicious French dishes, you'll catch yourself thinking, I feel like I'm in a movie! Think: Murder on the Orient Express, except a happy version. Clasp your pearls and get ready for an unforgettable dining experience in a movie-like setting.
Address: 7 Rue Boursault, 75017 Paris, France
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An authentic, delicious restaurant... on wheels? You bet! Imagine tasting some of France's most renowned delicacies while taking in the sites of Paris through a panoramic glass roof. Discover the magical City of Light on a luxurious double-decker bus as you sip and savor the flavors of France. A relaxing gourmet meal while sightseeing around the city? Now that's a dinner you'll remember forever.
Address - Bustronome: 2 Avenue Kléber, 75016 Paris, France
Address - Bus Toqué: Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France
Tip: Book a table online or over the phone before your trip.
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If felines are your friends, this adorable cat cafe is a meow-must. This restaurant and tea room is shared with a dozen cats who have been adopted into animal welfare associations and have found a second chance here. By eating here, you'll be helping, too! A portion of profits is donated to feline protection. Cute and cozy, filled with care and cuisine!
Address: 9 Rue Sedaine, 75011 Paris, France
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If you're looking for a truly unique gastronomic experience, this is it. After you settle in, the lights will completely dim to darkness and you will be totally deprived of light for the remainder of your meal. The idea is that, once it's dark, your eyes can no longer mislead, influence, or obscure your preconceptions. At Dans Le Noir, you will not be asked what you'd like to eat. Instead, you'll be asked, "what do you not want or cannot eat?" At this innovative restaurant, you'll enjoy a multi-course "surprise" menu, which is modified seasonally, but always remains fresh and delicious.
Address: 51 Rue Quincampoix, 75004 Paris, France
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Imagine saying "cheers" with Yoda from Star Wars and playing board games with E.T. and R2D2? Only in your dreams, right? Not! This quirky bar is packed with classic movie memorabilia, fun cult classic games, and movie-themed drinks. Translating to "The Last Bar Before the End of the World," this fun spot is perfect for movie buffs and proud geeks.
Address: 19 Avenue Victoria, 75001 Paris, France
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Dinner and a show! At Bel Canto, enjoy a delicious meal, elegant French decor, and - opera? You got that right. Watch as your servers transform into opera stars, as the restaurant sporadically bursts into a theatrical experience.
Address: 72 Quai de l'Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris, France