Come to meet us at ITB Berlin!

ITB 2018(3)
We are ready to participate at ITB Berlin 2018 from March 7th to 11th. The leading travel trade show.

Are you interested in new business opportunities for your future events, incentive trips or leisure programs in:

Hungary | Czech Republic | Germany | Austria
Spain | France | Italy | United Kingdom

Come to meet us! Carlos Díaz, CEO of Premium Incoming, will be pleased to meet you and introduce you the latest news in our European destinations and what Premium Incoming DMC can offer you for your next travel experience.

Visit us at Hall 25 – Stand 175 (STR Destination Handling)

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We are looking forward to seeing you soon in Berlin!

European carnivals themed tour

The Carnival is around the corner! One of the most celebrated festivity in the world.

The streets fill with joy, music, color and luxury costumes. So are the carnivals that invade the main cities of the old continent every year. What are you waiting for preparing your next themed tour to the most famous carnivals in Europe?

Venice Carnival in Italy

Venice Carnival, Italy

1. Nice Carnival

Nice, France (from February 17 to March 13, 2018)

The famous Carnival of Nice is one of the greatest cultural events of the French Riviera and one of the most important carnivals in the world and France along with the Carnival of Dunkirk. It will be launched on February 17. Musicians and dancers will walk down the streets. A creative procession composed of 2 different events: the Carnival Parade and the Parade of Flowers will take place.

The perfect opportunity to discover Nice and the French Riviera, by enjoying a temperate time compared to the rest of France.

2. Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Canary Islands, Spain (from January 26 to February 18, 2018)

For more than 10 days, the streets of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are painted in color, accompanied by music and parades. As every year the main protagonists of this celebration are the election of the Carnival Queen and the Drag Queen. Between the opening and the closing of the carnival, the programmed events are contests, parades, children’s acts, dances, parades and night parties. The topic of this year is “Magic and fantastic creatures.”

To be informed of all the events and schedules of each show of the Carnival of Las Palmas 2018 you can visit the website of the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria that has prepared for this festivity.

3. Venetian Carnival

Venice, Italy (from February 3 to 13, 2018)

Unique in the world, its origins date back to the 11th century, as an opportunity and way of escape for the nobility to mingle with the people and evade government control by hiding behind the masks. The Senate declared it an official festivity in the 12th century. Prohibited by Napoleon, the Carnival was recovered in 1979, being today a cultural reference worldwide.

This year the carnival will start on February 3rd to 13th. Ten days will fill Venecian streets and canals with masks, costumes and tourists. For those who visit this carnival, on Sunday, february 4th, the traditional “Volo dell’Angelo” will take place. One of the most eagerly awaited moments in which a young Venetian woman disguised as an angel climbs down with a rope from the bell tower to the Piazza San Marco.

4. Carnival of Bohemia

Prague, Czech Republic

The famous Prague Carnival of Bohemia goes back to the tradition of those urban carnivals that had their peak in the 18th century. World-renowned for being a meeting point for great personalities of the time who met in their lavish masked dances. Today, public spaces, museums, palaces, theaters and even restaurants in the city take up this tradition of the Bohemia Medieval.

Highlights the concert and the royal dance at the Clam-Gallas palace or the traditional masked dances known as Crystal Ball.

5. Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Canary Islands, Spain (from February 7 to 18, 2018)

It is considered the second most popular and internationally known carnival, after Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and aspires to become a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
On Wednesday, February 7, prior to the carnival weekend, the queen of the carnival is elected in a gala broadcast at 9:30 p.m. That’s just the beginning of a whole week of masked dances and parades full of color and joy.

Among its most multitudinous events include the contests of murgas, floats and comparsas, and the election of the Infantile Queen and the Queen of the Third Age.

If you want to know more detailed programming, click here

6. Carnival of Cadiz

Andalusia, Spain (from 8 to 18 February 2018)

One of the most popular and characteristic carnivals declared as International Tourist Interest. The origins of the Cadiz Carnival date back to the 16th century, when it was one of the most important ports of the Spanish Empire, which meant the entry of a large flow of influences from around the world. In particular, Venice shared many commercial ties with Cadiz, among many others traditions.

Today, this tradition is considered as a ritual, and Cadiz people get prepare for this event with gastronomic specialities, “chirigotas” contests, parades and horse riding. Between the most outstanding acts are: the Great end, Official Contest of Carnival Groups at the Falla Theater, the coronation of the Carnival Goddess or the Magna Cavalcade.

7. Rosenmontag

Düsseldorf, Germany (February 12, 2018)

The Düsseldorf Carnivals are, together with the Cologne, one of the most important festivals in Germany. The celebrations generally include dances, costumes, drinks and parades.
Carnival Sunday in Königsallee is also very popular. Although the highlight of the party is called Rosenmontag or Carnival Monday, when the great parade of floats takes place, candy, music and costumes runs through much of the city .

8. Boonte Störrem

Maastricht, the Netherlands (February 11 to 13, 2018)

The Dutch city of Maastricht, capital of the carnival in Holland, begins each year its celebration on Saturday of carnival with the hoisting of the flag and 11 cannon shots in the central square of Vrijthof. With this starts the great carnival cavalcade or “Boonte Störrem” through the center of the city.

This carnival lasts only three days, but between act and act there is no rest! There are plenty of parades, crowded streets and crowded bars both day and night, there is no lack of music or beer, and concerts, DJs and dance contests are the most popular.

9. Morgestraich

Basel, Switzerland (February 19 to 21, 2018)

The Basel Carnival is the largest popular festival in Switzerland. Celebration that gives the “Morgestraich” (the Monday after Ash Wednesday) when the clock of the tower of St. Martin touches the 4 of the dawn and the lights of the city are extinguished completely. It is then when the lights of the flashlights and the resounding crowd of basilican drummers and flute players fill the void of the night.

During the 72 hours of this carnival, the streets, bars and shops of the city center resonate with songs and fun local characters. Two large processions with more than 10,000 masked people walk down the streets on foot or in a float accompained by a good selection of music. Tour during which they throw confetti and distribute oranges, among other things as popular verses in their particular dialect.

From Premium Incoming DMC we encourage you to prepare your thematic trip to the most famous carnivals in Europe so you do not miss any of these unique tradition. Contact us for more information at

Winter Getaway for incentives in Sierra Nevada

Travel to Sierra Nevada! The perfect place for a winter getaway for incentives. 

Are you ready for a 2 Days Winter Getaway in Sierra Nevada? Explore charming landscapes, perform skiing activities, enjoy the nature and gastronomy of the area.

Sierra Nevada, Granada - Cetursa S.A.

Sierra Nevada, Granada – Cetursa S.A.

Below we suggest a 2 day winter getaway for incentives in Sierra Nevada; however, both the duration of the itinerary and the activities may vary and be adapted according to the dates required, time of year and availability. Keep in mind that it is a suggested travel program; fully customizable under the needs and interests of the client.

Let´s start the team building activities!

Ski escape: Day 1 – Saturday

Mini Olympics (2 hours): Competition with rotation of team activities. 4 activities are carried out (timed biciski, Russian sledding skills, tubbing coordination circuit) or Igloo Construction: Construction of an igloo per team with the materials provided.
Free time for free skiing or with monitors
Lunch: Cabaña Nevasol in Borreguiles
Free time for free skiing or with monitors
Night skiing (2 hours): This service could be done on Thursdays and Saturdays from 19:30 – 21:30. For any other day, you would have to add the extra cost of opening a gondola lift exclusively.
Dinner: Restaurant La Muralla in Pradollano
Guided Tour of the Night Sky at Fuente Alta (1.5 hours): Introductory Workshop on practical astronomy with specialized personnel in the Fuente Alta zone.

Ski escape: Day 2 – Sunday

First Guided Footprints (1.5 hours): Activity that allows the expert skier / snowboarder to perceive new sensations “opening” the tracks from 7.30 to 9 hours and to mark the first tracks. After the high-buffet breakfast session in Borreguiles
Crono Ski (1 hour): Organization of custom competitions. Includes: closed track, first aid, marking, timing, numbers, classifications by times.
Guided excursion with snowshoes (2 hours): Guided panoramic tour of 2 hours including snowshoeing, and ticket access to the area where the activity is carried out
Lunch: Á la Carte Menu in La Alcazaba with views of Pico Veleta
Free time for free skiing or with monitors
Excursion in pisa track machine (2 / 2,5 hours): 18:00-20: 00 Magnificent route in machine pisa track from Pradollano 2.100 m a few meters from Veleta Peak 3398 m. The participants will be able to admire one of the most impressive sunsets of the continent in the highest peak of the south of Europe while they taste cava, chocolate and strawberries.

We are sure that Sierra Nevada will exceed your adventure expectations! In Premium Incoming DMC, we encourage you to experience this 2 Day Winter Getaway for incentives.

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Premium Incoming at Fitur 2018!

The leading trade fair of the tourism industry that will take place in Madrid between the 17th and 21st of January 2018.

Our Board of Directors and commercial team will be attending the 38th edition of FITUR.


Come and visit us at our Stand  8A16 where you can meet all our Premium Incoming destination managers from Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, France, United Kingdom and Spain who will be glad to show you our latest news of our destinations in Europe for your next incentive trips, events or vacation programs.

The best opportunity to do networking and create new business opportunities according to the latest trends in the travel industry. We look forward to see you at FITUR!

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Come to meet us at IBTM Barcelona!

We are ready to participate at IBTM2017Barcelona, from November 28th to 30th. The leading global event for travel industry.


If you are looking for new business opportunities for your next meeting, corporate event or incentive trip in:

Hungary | Czech Republic | Germany | Austria | Spain | France | Italy | United Kingdom

Come to meet us! Elisenda Medina, Managing Director of Italy, will be pleased to meet you and introduce you the latest news in our European destinations and what Premium Incoming DMC can offer you for your next event or travel experience.

Visit us at stand G20 – Hungarian Tourism

If you want to contact us or make an appointment, click here

We are looking forward to seeing you soon in Barcelona!

Come to meet us at WTM London!

WTM London 2017
One more year Premium Incoming DMC will be exhibiting at World Travel Market in London, leading global event of travel industry, from November 6th to 8th.

Carlos Diaz, CEO of Premium Incoming, and Maria-Jose Alvaro, Director of our London office, will be pleased to meet you and show the latest news of our european destinations either in leisure, incentives or events, and explore together the best business opportunities for your next travel experience.

The ideal opportunity for networking and do business according to the latest trends in travel industry. 

Come meet us at the Stand EU640 (Hungarian Tourism)!

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Berlin, Prague, Vienna by bus… Top 5 must-sees!

Discover the 5 places you should not miss in this Central Europe travel

Visiting Berlin, Prague and Vienna by bus is possible! You would be surprised to know how easy it is to travel around these cities in such a short time. From Premium Incoming DMC we suggest you a selection of the 5 most emblematic tourist attractions you should not miss during your next trip in Central Europe! 

First stop, Berlin

The third most visited city in the European Union recognized not only for its emblematic architecture, but also for its great history to tell, marked by the Nazi presence and its division after the Second World War. It also offers a wide range of activities, visits and excursions allowing the visitors to be part of its history and immerse in it.

Top 5 places to visit in Berlin

Brandenburg Gate

This neo-classical building was in the Soviet sector during the Division. When the Wall fell, around 100.000 people gathered for the Brandenburg Gate’s official opening.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Brandenburg Gate (reunification symbol of Germany) photographed from the Pariser Platz Square. Copyright of Tobi (CC License)

Pariser Platz square

The Pariser Platz is one of the city’s most attractive squares. Buildings around this historical square were only ruins after the Second War World. Only after the reunification of Germany reconstruction started.

The Berlin Wall Memorial

This historic location is the place of the Berlin Wall Memorial, where the partition of Berlin is remembered. Nowadays, the large open-air exhibition on the former border includes 4 areas with historical audio materials and pictures, a visitors’ center and an observation tower.

Berlin Wall Memorial Museum

Inside of the Berlin Wall Memorial Museum, Germany. Copyright of Adam Jones (CC License)

The Holocaust Memorial

Situated between the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, we find the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, an imposing place of remembrance and warning. Memorial consists of the Field of Stelae designed by the New York architect Peter Eisenman.

Museum Island

Here you’ll find many of the city’s most important museums, including the Old Museum, the New Museum, the National Gallery, and the Bode Museum. If you’re only able to see one or two museums, make sure one of them is the Pergamon.

Museum Island, Bode Museum

Museum Island, Bode Museum, designed by architect Ernst von Ihne

Second stop, Prague

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It equals Paris in terms of beauty and its history goes back a millennium! And its beer? One of the best in the world! For the classical music enthusiasts, do not miss these recommendations.

Top 5 places to visit in Prague

The Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock

In the historic center of Prague, we find the splendid Old Town Square, one of the best places to start exploring! In just a short walk, we can enjoy beautiful highlights such as the Tyn Church and the Jewish Quarter.

Astronomical Clock, Prague

Do not miss the Old Town Hall, home of the Astronomical Clock!

Prague Castle

Once home of Bohemia’s kings, Prague Castle is today the official residence of the Czech Republic‘s President. It is the largest ancient castle in the world, and it contains examples of most of the leading architectural styles of the last millennium.

Charles Bridge

It is one of the most well-known old bridges in Europe. It is a monument is full of superstitions!

Builders laid the first stone the 9th of July at 5:31am, a precise set of numbers (135797531) believed to give additional strength to the bridge.

Charles Bridge, Prague

Sunset panoramic view over the Charles Bridge. Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral in the skyline

St. Vitus Cathedral

The Roman Catholic St. Vitus Cathedral is the Czech Republic‘s largest and most important Christian church. Do not miss the magnificent stained-glass windows depicting the Holy Trinity.

The Clementinum and the National Library

The Clementinum is one of the largest collections of historic buildings in Europe. This beautiful Baroque building hosts the National Library of the Czech Republic. It has more than six million books and it includes copies of every book published in the country.

Last stop, Vienna

This beautiful romantic city is famous for its coffee culture and cafes, classical music and concert halls, historical buildings, horse-drawn carriages, and charming streets… Vienna is history and music, poetry and culture, modernism and tradition, nostalgia and grandeur.

Top 5 places to visit in Vienna

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

It is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria. Easter and Advent concerts are held each year in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, an incredible show not to be missed.

St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the symbol of Vienna, a must-see for every visitor

Schönbrunn Palace

This Palace is one of Europe’s most beautiful Baroque complexes and has been in the possession of the Habsburgs since 1569.

Do you remember the story of Mozart making music in the mirrored hall of Schönbrunn Palace as a six-year-old prodigy? 


The Belvedere is a magnificent Baroque palace. It hosts one of Austria‘s most valuable art collections, with master works made by artists like Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.

Belvedere Palace, Vienna

Belvedere Palace, Vienna. Discover more at its official webpage

Imperial Palace – Hofburg

The Imperial Palace was originally a castle built in the thirteenth century, extended to a magnificent residence with the increasing power of the Habsburgs. Nowadays, it hosts the office of the President of Austria.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Art History Museum)

It hosts some of the major art works of Europe’s art history, such as: Raphael’s “Madonna in the Meadow,” Vermeer’s “The Allegory of Painting,” the Infanta paintings by Velazquez, masterworks by Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian and Tintoretto.

The Art History Museum, Vienna

The Art History Museum of Vienna is home of an incredible art collection. Discover more at KHM

Book your Circuit in Central Europe with Premium Incoming

We suggest our Program Berlin, Prague, Vienne by bus from our online booking engine; however, if you prefer a tailor-made program, contact us and we will be in charge of creating your own personalized Circuit around Europe!

Top 6 autumn festivals in Prague

Things to do in Prague in Fall

During Autumn, the beauty of Prague is unending, as its cultural agenda! The city hosts an impressive calendar of festivals and events dedicated to history, arts, fashion, music and gastronomy… The ideal opportunity to fall in love with the very essence of Czech Republic.

Prague in autumn

View of the Old Town Square of Prague during Autumn

What can we do this autumn in Prague?

Designblok in Prague

26th – 30th October 2017

The Prague International Design Festival is one of the largest design events of Czech Republic, also called Designblok. For 4 days, the best Czech design and fashion talents exhibit their creations to the public.

This event is perfect for all those visitors looking for the latest fashion trends! Original clothing, furniture and furnishing to fill your suitcase back home.

Designblok 2014 Prague

Jan Planchac & Henry Wieglas lights and molds at Open Studios during the Designblok of Prague in 2014. Copyright Designmilk via Flickr (CC License)

Dvořák Prague International Music Festival

3rd – 23rd September 2017

The Dvořák Prague International Music Festival is a must visit if you want to live Prague’s music history.

The Czech composer Antonín Dvořák was one of the most influential figures of all times. During this festival, Prague celebrates the contribution of this composer with several concerts performed in different venues across the city.

Classical music fans can not miss this event! An annual highlight with an extensive programme.

Undoubtedly, Prague is a city with an immense music culture. You can be delighted by its music in every single corner. We show you here a selection of places for your upcoming visit to “The City of Music”.

The Rudolfinum Prague

The Rudolfinum is one of the music auditoriums where the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival is held. Copyright Jorge Lascar via Flickr (CC License)

Festival Prague Crossroads

2nd – 8th October 2017

In 2016, the zero edition of the Festival Prague Crossroads took place with the objective to mark what would have been the 80th birthday of former Czech president and playwright Václav Havel.

This 2017, the festival continues in the same direction. A cultural event with a rescindable program here available that follows the activist legacy of Václav Havel of reflecting the reality of our current situation. Theater lovers will enjoy dramatic themes that move today’s Europe.

Dancing House Prague

Dancing House Prague building built in 1997 by Frank Gehry and V. Milunic. Copyright Carl Mikoy via Flickr (CC License)

Signal Festival in Prague

12th – 15th October 2017

The SIGNAL Festival is considered the largest cultural event in the Czech Republic. This exciting event integrates light, art and urban space across extraordinary Prague venues, such as the Dancing House, the Old Town Square, the Church of St. Ludmila, Charles Bridge, Museum Kampa, Petřín Lookout Tower or the Metronome, Střelecký Island, Klementinum and Náměstí Míru Square.

Four evenings full of visual arts and technologies to transform the public space of Prague into a gleaming gallery at night.

Rezonator Jan-hladil. Photocredit Jan Tichy

Installation Rezonator by Jan Hladil on SIGNAL Festival Prague. Copyright Jan Tichy

Unique Fashion Week in Prague

2017 program in progress

Unique Fashion Week (UFW) in Prague has been one of the most successful events of fashion in Central Europe. The show highlights the latest fashion trends! Both local designers and international brands showcase their newest collections.

This 2017 visitors will find brands such as Bulgari, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, French Connection, Christian Louboutin, La Perla, Swarovski, Barbora Kubickova, Denisa Dovalova, Jana Jurcenko or Karolina Otevrelova.

Unique Fashion Week Prague 2016

Karen Milen collection at the Unique Fashion Week in Prague, 2016. Copyright Unique Fashion Week via Official Facebook

Whisky Life! Prague

3rd 4th November 2017

The Whisky Life! Prague festival offers a unique experience for all its visitors.

“Over 150 different whiskies to choose from. Masterclasses, where whisky experts will guide you through a tasting of their handpicked whiskies. Live music, bag pipes, kilts, cigars, food… Boredom will not be an option here!”

An advanced reservation is needed to attend all the masterclasses, even if they are free of charge.

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6 Budapest’s best places for hanging out

Budapest nightlife zones perfect for indoor and outdoor partying

Budapest is one of those European cities that stays awake all night long! It does not matter what kind of party you like. The Hungarian capital has it all! Rooftop partying, indoor nightlife zones, live music bars, cultural pubs… Are you ready to discover the best Budapest hangout places?

Budapest Parliament at night

Budapest Parliament at night

Rooftop terraces and sky bars in Budapest

Rooftop bars have recently become very popular all over Budapest. We have selected the most exclusive hangouts where the beauty of this European city can be admired.

360 bar in Budapest

Considered as the most popular rooftop of Budapest, 360 Bar offers the best 360° view of the city. To enter this terrace, you must take the lift all the way up to the former Paris Department Store. Take a moment to delight the eye and take pictures of the incredible skyline of Budapest.

We recommend you take a jacket with you, since this amazing spot is a little too breezy. Daytime parties are the best option, but do not miss the panorama when the sun goes down.

360 Bar Budapest

Sunset at the rooftop of 360 Bar in Budapest

High Note SkyBar in Budapest

This exclusive sky bar is located at the rooftop of the 5-star Aria Hotel, winner of the 2017 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice.

The High Note SkyBar is the best place to chill after exploring the city. Facing the gorgeous St. Stephen’s Basilica, its prestigious centered location makes it perfect to enjoy unique views of the Basilica’s dome and the city. Our recommendation is to make a reservation, especially if you want to get the best seats!

High Note SkyBar

Bird’s eye view of the rooftop of Note SkyBar, at the top of Aria Hotel in Budapest. Copyright: Official website picture

St. Andrea wine & sky bar in Budapest

Perfect for outdoor and indoor partying, St. Andrea wine & sky bar offers a breathtaking panorama of Budapest from different angles. Located in a prime location in District V, above Vörösmarty Square, this luxurious sky bar provides views to the St. Stephen’s Basilica on one side, and to the Citadel and Gellért Hill to the other.

This hangout stays open during winter too. Guests can admire the view of Budapest covered in snow from behind a glass wall.

St Andrea SkyBar

Open-air terrace of St. Andrea wine & skybar, in Budapest. Copyright: Official facebook picture

Live music bars in Budapest

Even on weekdays, Budapest has a wide offer of open-air bars with musicians playing alive. There is nothing better than sitting comfortably under the open sky while enjoying a good drink accompanied by live music.

Mazel Tov in Budapest

Mazel Tov is constantly buzzing with life! Full-time cultural events and programs define this club as one of the most popular of the Budapest’s Jewish Quarter. Every night at 8 pm a live musical performance begins. It is impossible to get bored with musicians and DJs such as Dóri Hegyi, Juli Horányi, Gabi Knoll, the InFusion Trio, Andris Jász, Jutasi and Benski.

Infusion Trio concert

Concert of Infusion Trio at Mazel Tol, Budapest (03.08.16) Copyright: Official Facebook picture

PONTOON club in Budapest

The Pontoon cultural nightclub, at the right side of the Pest-side of the Chain Bridge, offers a strong musical program every week. From the jazzy Monday Sessions, to live concerts and events including Tilos Night, Random Trip, and SoulClap gigs. A mini-festival right next to the Danube.

Akvárium Klub

Akvárium Klub is perhaps the best-known meeting point of downtown Budapest. This bar is a cultural center with a wide musical repertoire. Besides cool concerts inside the club, open-air musical programs are performed almost every week. One of the best spots to start the night in Budapest, since every other nightclub in Budapest is a ten-minute walk away.

Akvárium Klub (UserChristo~commonswiki)

Concert at the Akvárium Klub in Budapest. Copyright – User:Christo~commonswiki

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Best 2017 ranking restaurants in France

The Best Restaurants in France according to the Michelin Guide 2017

The Michelin Guide France 2017 was released on February, announcing one new three-Michelin-starred restaurant, 12 new two-starred restaurants and 57 new one-starred restaurants. We have prepared a full list of the best dining spots for your upcoming travel to France, with some recommendations and useful information.

Le Chef Christian Le Squer

Le Chef Christian Le Squer at the Hôtel Four Seasons George V. Photography by: Eddy Brière.

New Three Star

The already famous Chef Yannick Alléno was the only chef this 2017 to be awarded a third star. His restaurant “Le 1947” joins the 26 other restaurants that already hold three Michelin star awards. Among them his other restaurants maintain their three star: “Alléno Paris” au Pavillon Ledoyen (check our post), “Alain Passard’s Arpège” and “Alain Ducasse” at the Plaza Athénée Hotel.

Conquering the upper echelons of French dining is not easy, as the restaurant is obliged to perform an exceptional service and cuisine. Chef Yannick Alléno has already proven its value before, but this reward finally places him in the esteemed group of “Six Star Chefs”; a group that now includes French gastronomic heavyweights like Alain Ducasse and Eugenie Brazier.

Yannick Alléno

Chef Yannick Alléno at restaurant Alléno Paris. Author: Clémence Broustine

Le 1947, in the French Alps

“Le 1947” at Le Cheval Blanc Hotel is a contemporary restaurant offering an unforgettable gastronomic experience in complete intimacy, since it only hosts a limited number of guests per night.

The average price to have dinner in this spectacular French restaurant ranges between 127 and 450 euros before wine. Decoration is modern and romantic at the same time, and probabilities to be welcomed by the chef are high. Our recommendation is to make an advanced reservation due to the limited capacity of the dining room. It only opens for dinner and it is wheelchair accessible.

Le Meurice dessert

Dessert at restaurant Le Meurice, by chef Yannick Alléno. Photography by: sunday_driver (Flickr account)

New Two Star

There are 12 new restaurants who received the upgrade to the two star category. Among them we wanted to highlight the restaurant of the Chef Gordon Ramsay “Le Pressoir d’Argent”, and three other Paris restaurants: “Kei”, “La Table de l’Espadon” and “Le Clarence”.

Le Pressoir d’Argent, in Bordeaux

“Le Pressoir d’Argent” is situated on the first floor of the InterContinental Bordeaux, Le Grand Hôtel. “Le Pressoir d’Argent” is Gordon Ramsay Group’s second restaurant in France. It offers creative cooking and attention to detail, all along with local products and exceptional international cuisine. There are vegan and vegetarian options including à la carte, and it is wheelchair accessible.

Kei, in Paris

“Kei” is a restaurant holding the name of its young chef Kei, who after seven years working with the chef Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athenee restaurant, decided to take over Gerard Besson’s restaurant. Perfect cooking time, impeccable finishing, beautiful and highly skilled gestures are his signature. His restaurant offers vegetarian options and gluten-free menus.

La Table de l’Espadon, in Paris

“La Table de l’Espadon” welcomes you to enjoy the most creative and elegant dishes. Located in Ritz Hotel in Paris and leaded by the chef Nicolas Sale, this restaurant will serve you from a gentle morning breakfast to an experimental garden for lunch or an unforgettable dinner. Dishes like wild seabass, duck foie gras or milk-fed lamb can be tasted along with an extensive wine list. If you are looking for vegetarian or gluten free options, they do have a la carte specialties.

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Eiffel Tower view in the early morning. Paris

Le Clarence, in Paris

At “Le Clarence” restaurant, Chef Christophe Pelé revisits the great classics of French traditional cuisine in an audacious, modern, and devilishly seductive way. Every detail of the decoration of the restaurant will take you back to the Age of Enlightenment. Average prices range from a lunch menu of 65 euros (tasting menu in 3 steps for all guests) to an inspiration menu of 320 euros (tasting menu in 7 steps for all guests). It has an open-air terrace and its facilities are wheelchair accessible.

New One Star

According to this year Michelin Guide there are now 57 one star restaurants. 12 restaurants in the French capital received their first star, including: “Les Jardins de l’Espadon” at the Ritz, the “Palais-Royal”, “Sushi B”, “Restaurant H”, “Alliance”, “Divellec”, the “George” and “l’Orangerie” both at the Four Seasons George V Hotel, “l’Archeste”, “la Scène Thélème”, “Akrame” and “l’Escargot 1903”.

Unfortunately, restaurant “La Table du Lancaster” went down from two to one star, while other Parisian restaurants such as “Goust” at Elephant Paname, the “Céladon”, the “Truffière”, “Okuda”, the “Diane at the Fouquet’s”, “Hiramatsu” and “Jacques Faussat” lost their one star.

Ritz hotel in Paris

Entrace of the hotel Ritz in Paris. Author: wolfgangjung (Flickr account)

Highlights of this Michelin Guide France 2017

  • In a nutshell: the guide counts 616 Michelin starred new restaurants in total. There are 16 restaurants more than last year. 70 establishments were awarded new stars while a surprising 52 lost one or more stars.
  • There is just one woman awarded by the Michelin list this year. The Chef Fanny Rey, whose restaurant “Auberge la Reine Jeanne” earned one star.
  • Michelin also released its 2017 Bib Gourmand distinctions for France. It is a list which unveils 17 new wallet-friendly and casual eateries in Paris Each Bib Gourmand restaurant must provide a prix-fixe lunch menu with a starter, entree, and dessert for 32 euros or less (36 euros in Paris). Best budget you can find for tasting real French cooking.

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