Some cities are strictly about the here and now, but Paris stands apart for its particular mix of old and new. Take the recently opened restaurant Nomiya. Sitting atop the neoclassical Palais de Tokyo—built in 1937 and opened as a contemporary-art museum in 2002—Nomiya may overlook the Eiffel Tower, but it has its finger on the pulse of the present. The minimalist glass box, outfitted and sponsored by Electrolux, accommodates just 12 people for its once-a-day lunch and dinner seatings. The ever-changing menu couldn’t be more forward-thinking (sweet-pea cotton candy as an amuse-bouche?), reservations can only be made online, and Nomiya is open for just one year—it closes July 2010.
Dinner, $110. At 13 Av. du President Wilson; reservations via art-home-electrolux.com.