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Paris, capital of gastronomy, from the Middle Ages to the present day

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In the Salle des Gens d'armes of the Conciergerie, which served as a refectory in medieval times, this exhibition offers a journey through the gastronomic legend of the French capital, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

  • Every day from 9:30 am to 6 pm, last admission at 5 pm.

    Saturday night until 8pm, last access at 7pm.

  • Adult : 11€50

    Under 18 years old ; 18-25 years old (EU citizens) : Free

    Access to the exhibition is included in the monument's entrance fee. Choose "free visit" in the E-ticketing system.

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The Centre des monuments nationaux presents " Paris, Capital of Gastronomy, from the Middle Ages to the Present Day " at the Conciergerie de Paris from April 13 to July 16, 2023, curated by François-Régis Gaudry, author and food journalist for France Inter and presenter of the program Très Très Bon on Paris Première, accompanied by Loïc Bienassis, historian at the Institut Européen de l'Histoire et des Cultures de l'Alimentation (IEHCA/University of Tours) and Stéphane Solier, professor of classics, researcher in food cultures and culinary author.

From the memorable banquet of Charles V when the court still resided in Paris, to the contemporary success of the capital from its wide and renowned culinary repertoire, mixing haute cuisine, bourgeois and popular traditions, and innovations.

Panneaux décoratifs pâtisserie Flammang, située 6 rue de Valois

DR - Musée Carnavalet

Works of art, manuscripts, illuminations, original menus, but also a selection of tableware, paintings, culinary creations, videos and photographs will be used in this retrospective. These works and objects come from the collections of the most prestigious French institutions, the Louvre Museum, the BnF, the Carnavalet Museum, the Château de Fontainebleau, the National Renaissance Museum in Ecouen, the Historical Library of the City of Paris..., and many private collections.

What if Paris was still the gastronomic beacon of the world?

Although recently challenged by London, New York or Tokyo, the capital retains a unique vitality on the world culinary scene: many of the chefs who work here have an international reputation, apprentice cooks from all over the world flock here to train, and gourmets of all nationalities consider the capital to be a leading culinary destination.

Tableau - Dîner aux ambassadeurs - Jean Beraud 1880 Musée Carnavalet
Dîner aux ambassadeurs - Jean Beraud 1880 Musée Carnavalet

DR - Musée Carnavalet

The exhibition is divided into five sections

Paris receives

The exhibition explores the role of Paris, the political capital, in the influence of French gastronomy.

The Belly of Paris

The exhibition continues with the "Belly of Paris", a title taken from Emile Zola's famous book (1873) which portrays the newly built Halles by Victor Baltard as a huge stomach. Since the Middle Ages, the capital has been seen as having a growing appetite that must be satisfied.

The restaurant, a capital invention

In this third section, the visitor is invited to discover the story of the invention of the restaurant and its extension, from the Palais Royal to the Grand Boulevards, and then to the rest of the capital, passing from the great tables to those of the bistros, or even by the private cabinets and the bouillon restaurant, all mythical places of the Parisian restaurant.

Gravure - Les établissements Duval - Salle Montesquieu 1882
Les établissements Duval - Salle Montesquieu 1882

DR - Bnf

Bread and pastry, Paris in the spotlight

From the millefeuille to the croissant, including the macaroon, the Parisian bistro and the baguette, Paris can boast of having given birth to a number of specialties. And to have also seen the birth of Antonin Carême, "the king of chefs and the chef of kings" (1783-1833) as the great tutelary figure of modern pastry.

Paris, a land of affluence and influence

The tour concludes by highlighting gastronomic Paris as a crossroads for exchange, crossbreeding and creativity.

Discover the exhibition program

Workshops, conferences, meetings, podcasts, family activities... discover the rich and varied program of the exhibition

Attention to food allergies

Please note that the food prepared for the activities scheduled around the exhibition may contain the following ingredients: dairy products (milk, lactose), eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, nuts, fish and shellfish.

Ask the activity leaders for more information.

In pictures

Atelier figue - Une recette en or


Dans le cadre de l'exposition "Paris, capitale de la gastronomie", venez participer à un atelier cuisine en famille à Conciergerie à 11h, 15h et 16h !

Photo de l'atelier

Acknowledgements and participations

Thanks for their loans and collaboration

Departmental Archives of the North

National Archives

Library of the Hôtel de Ville

Forney Library

Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris

Dijon municipal library

National Library of France

Direction régionale des Affaires culturelles Nouvelle-Aquitaine / Conservation régionale des monuments historiques - site de Poitiers

National Center of Plastic Arts

Center Pompidou

Castle of Fontainebleau

Cité de la céramique - Sèvres & Limoges

Court of Cassation

National Institute of Art History

National furniture

Carnavalet Museum-History of Paris

Museum of Argenteuil

Museum of Montmartre

Louvre Museum

National Museum of the Renaissance - Château d'Ecouen

National Museum of the Castles of Versailles and Trianon

Museums of Soissons

Palace of the Elysée

Palace of Fine Arts of Lille

Regional service of archaeology of Ile-de-France

City of La Courneuve

Robert Doisneau workshop

Nectoux workshops

Bouillon Chartier - Joulie Group

Bouillon Pharamond

Bouillon Pigalle

Claude Vassiliev

Christofle Conservatory

Dominique Marny

Dom Pérignon

E. Dehillerin

Editions Marabout

Francis Holder

Jean-Maurice Sacré

J.L. Coquet

L'Arpège - Alain Passard

La Tour d'Argent

Magna Presse

Maison Fragile

Maison Gatti


Moët & Chandon



Potel et Chabot

Remix Gallery

Restaurant Annapurna

Restaurant La Bonne Franquette

Restaurant La Méditerranée

Restaurant Les Marches

Ritz Paris

Sacha Finkelsztajn - La Boutique Jaune