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Could this possibly be the most chic area of Epcot? The Parisians probably think so! Epcot’s France Pavilion is themed to look like an area of Paris, with the Eiffel Tower visible in the distance. There are pretty plants and trees, benches to sit on and people gaze as the world drifts by. Wander down the street a little and there are shops for you to go into which sell fine French perfumes. What could be more French? World class dining, of course. The French Pavilion boasts two restaurants, the Bistro de Paris and Les Chefs de France plus a bakery, the Boulangerie Patisserie. Any foodies amongst your group are sure to enjoy a visit to France.
As well as providing a stopping off point for some elegant dining or somewhere to sample some fine wine, France also has a film attraction to entice visitors. One of the nice things about this panoramic film, as opposed to some of the 360 degree films at other pavilions, is that you actually get to sit through the eighteen minute long film. A great place to cool off and relax a while as you are making your way around the park.
When you wander through the shops you are able to find various typical French souvenirs to stock up on. There are also shops selling wines, which can be sampled, chocolates, linens, soaps and cookware. Guerlain has a store in the France pavilion selling both their fragrances and their cosmetics. Another store is a perfumery also features many brands as well as more individual fragrances.
The France pavilion is well known for its dining choices and features some of the more upscale restaurants available in Epcot, if you want a special meal it is a good idea to book ahead for preferred seating. The Boulangerie Patisserie features lots of lovely baked goods including éclairs and croissants, tarts and quiche and lots and lots of other treats all which can be accompanied by French roast coffee.
For a sit down meal, Les Chefs de France offers a beautiful setting where, if you are lucky, you can get a table at a window with a bird’s eye view of the street outside. With excellent service and tables covered in crisp white linen, you are sure to be in for a beautiful meal when you are seated at your table and we are yet to be disappointed.
For something very much more upscale the Bistro de Paris is open for dinner service only. This is perhaps somewhere to go for special occasions. It should be noted that there is no children’s menu at the Bistro de Paris, which perhaps hints at the gourmet experience which is being aimed at. You can select either to dine à la carte or from a prix fixe option. With the prix fixe tasting menu you can also have your meal served with wine pairings.
Visiting France can be a refined experience, however, the street performers are also sure to entertain and amuse you during your visit. Also look out for a chance to meet Belle or Beast while meandering the streets of Paris.
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