Paris-Bastille and the Marais
May 11, 2018
The dramatic design that is the Pompidou Centre is one of those Marmite buildings, much like London’s National Theatre, that makes as many people froth with displeasure as it delights. It is not a huge surprise that the restaurant of such a distinctive, divisive building would itself be quite architecturally audacious you may well feel like you have stepped into the mind of Stanley Kubrick circa 2001 (the movie, not the year) rather than into a fashionable French restaurant. Georges is an extraordinary curving space, a strange lunar world with a cool, shell-like pink bar, a truly beautiful roof terrace and stunning views out of the rooftops of Paris forget anything else on offer, it’s worth going for the panoramic Parisian views alone. Food, fashionable fusion fare, is decent enough but that’s hardly the point; this is where immaculately attired people gather to talk intensely about art and to be seen doing so. It’s hip and sleek and there’s a world class art collection right beneath your feet. Given its place in the city’s tourism central, it also attracts its fair share of the tourist Euro, though given Georges’ super chic feel this certainly isn’t the place to rock up with your backpack and sandals if you just want to put your feet up after taking in all that culture. Reservations are recommended if you want to be sure of a table, and of course given the money that’s clearly gone into the décor, you won’t be surprised to learn it’s not cheap. If you’re on a budget or in a hurry (the service can veer towards the inattentive) then you may be better off opting for just going for a drink, and taking in the views.