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Palais de Tokyo and the pleasures of table

published on September 23, 2015
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Constructed in 1937 for the International Exhibition, Palais de Tokyo is today the biggest venue dedicated to contemporary European creation (it now covers 22000 square metres following renovation in 2012). Art installations, live performances, design, soundscapes … these are but a few of the attractions you can expect to discover in the relaxed setting of the space. Palais de Tokyo is a true showcase of 21st century art of all genres: visual art, design, music and fashion.

Not only is Palais de Tokyo a venue for experimental art, it is also a gastronomic sanctuary. Open to the public from midday to midnight, Parisians flock there as much for its restaurants as for its cultural fare and bookshop. Tip: plan your visit for late afternoon and stay on for dinner in one of its two restaurants.

Monsieur Bleu
This huge restaurant located in the west wing of Palais de Tokyo offers diners a magnificent view of the quays along the Seine from its terrace and a breath-taking view of the Eiffel Tower. Its lavish Art Deco, period archive rooms in green and gold shades were designed by the interior designer, Joseph Dirand. Add to this its menu of traditional fare and visitors can expect to be treated to the best of classy, international brasserie cuisine.


Monsieur Bleu

Tokyo Eat
Looking for somewhere a little less formal? Then head for Tokyo Eat. Located at the entrance of Palais Royal, this trendy, canteen-style restaurant, with its industrial look serves excellent house cocktails with à la carte “fusion food” to match and its lively ambiance can’t fail to cheer you up.


Tokyo Eat


Palais de Tokyo
13 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16
Everyday, except Tuesday. From midday to midnight
From 8 to 10 euros.
Metro: Alma-Marceau

Tokyo Eat
13 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16
Open everyday. From midday to midnight Menu: around 30 euros

Monsieur Bleu
13 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16
or 20 Avenue de New York, Paris 16.
Mandatory booking.

The Cartier foundation and the Louis Vuitton foudation

published on August 25, 2015
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As the first example of sponsorship in France, the Cartier Foundation for contemporary art has been championing contemporary artists for over 30 years. It is at once a space for artists to come and express themselves and an exhibition center, open to all disciplines: photography, painting video, fashion and the performing arts.

Housed in its magnificent glass and steel building designed by Jean Nouvel and inaugurated in 1984, not only does it blend seamlessly into its surroundings, it even transforms from day to day as the shadow of its Lebanese Cedar, planted by Chateaubriand in 1823, appears to metamorphose at the discretion of surrounding lights. The Foundation currently houses a lavish exhibition on Congolese artistic life: Beauty Congo showcasing approximately 350 works and 41 artists for a multi-disciplinary path: paintings, sculptures and photographs.

Some of the artists featured in the exhibition were hosted at the Esprit de France hotel, Hotel Aiglon, also located Boulevard Raspail, during the opening ceremony.


The Cartier Foundation

Inaugurated in October 2014, the Louis Vuitton Foundation also champions artistic creativity. However, it functions more as a traditional museum. Although it has commissioned many works from young artists, it also boasts a wealth of big names from the contemporary scene, in the likes of Ellsworth Kelly, Christian Boltanski and Olafur Eliasson. Its building designed by Frank Gehry and often nicknamed the “Guggenheim of Paris” is just amazing. It is a masterful creation depicting twelve glass sails made of 3600 glass panels, set within Bois de Boulogne. Its location next to the Jardin d’Acclimatation means that not only will it bring pleasure to adults; children will also be attracted to it as they discover this beautiful play area (rides, animals, games, etc…)


The Louis Vuitton Fondation

Plan your visit

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

261, boulevard Raspail, Paris 14.
Open every day, except Monday
From 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Open Tuesday evenings until 10 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday at 6:30 pm, visitors with an admission ticket can attend a free guided tour of the exhibition.
From 7 to 10.50 Euros.

Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris 16.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: from 12.00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Open Friday evenings until 11.00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: from 11.00 a.m to 8.00 p.m.
From 5 to 14 euros (with Jardin d’Acclimatation entrance), free under 3 years old.

“Orsay, quartier à facettes”

published on June 18, 2012
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Esprit de France invites you to discover Orsay, quartier à facettes, a nice and richly illustrated article from the lifestyle magazine Côté Paris.
You still have to book your stay at the Hotel d’Orsay. Follow the guide….

Do you know the free museums of Paris?

published on October 12, 2011
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Weather you like modern art, literary art, Asian art, painting or History, you will find a free museum you like in Paris. And you will certainly find one close to an Esprit de France hotel.  10 years ago, the city decided to make free permanent collections of 11 museums. This is the opportunity to visit Paris out of the beaten tracks by discovering these charming museums sometimes unknown.

Here is the list of the 11 free museums:

Museum of Modern Art of Paris
Balzac house

Bourdelle museum  (except during temporary exhibitions time)

Carnavalet museum, museum of Paris history

Cernuschi museum, museum of Asian arts

Cognac Jay museum, 18th century museum

General Leclerc de Hauteclocque and Paris liberation museum, Jean Moulin museum

Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum

Victor Hugo house

Romantic life museum

Zadkine museum (except during temporary exhibitions time)

Click on the museum names to discover them in details.


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