After brasseries, bistros, or dinner cruises on the Seine, the latest trend in gourmet experiments in Paris is the Bustronome. The idea is simple, original, and unusual: You dine onboard a bus while visiting the Ville Lumière. Although the concept is very similar to the cruises on the Seine, while riding the Bustronome, you discover the city’s most magical places not accessible from the river banks.
The double-decker bus departs from Place Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile, and you can board for a two-hour tour at midday or two and a half hours in the evening. Through the expansive windows and glass roof you enjoy a 360-degree view of Paris’s finest architectural jewels. Designed by the architect Maxime Faure, the bus recreates the atmosphere of Parisian terraces. The city is at your fingertips while you eat lunch or dinner, viewing the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Trocadéro, Opéra Garnier, and Greater Paris. The Bustronome is the first restaurant on wheels in France and a whole new way of visiting Paris.
Haute Cuisine on the Bus
In love with Paris and cooking, Jean-Christophe Fournier and Bertrand Mathieu set out to create a concept that indulged their passions, that was at the same time unusual and unique. Thus the Bustronome was born—a gourmet restaurant popular with both foreign tourists and Parisians looking for new experiences.
Every day chef Vincent Thiessé carefully prepares the four dishes on the lunch menu and the six dinner ones in a kitchen outside the bus before finally plating up on the lower deck. The menu is particularly sophisticated and changes according to the seasons and holidays, like Christmas or Bastille Day. To make your mouth water, these are a few examples of Bustronome dishes: The millefeuille of foie gras, pan-fried fillet of sea bream, and bass or magret de canard will excite even the most discerning of palates. And each menu is served with a carefully selected wine list, of course.
The Bustronome was an instant hit with the much-respected Michelin guide. It must be said that the experience is particularly special and the food is delicious. As summed up by its creators, the trip is: “maximum excitement in minimum time.” As a bonus, the bus is also open for tea or wine tastings.
Departure: 2 avenue Kleber, 75016 Paris
Prices: For lunch, 85 € (including drinks) or 65 € (not including drinks); for dinner, 125 € (including drinks) or 95 € (not including drinks). Reservations are essential. An audio guide and Wi-Fi are also available.