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Treat the whole family to a multi-course meal

Located on the third floor of the National Art Center, Tokyo and overlooking the Center’s vast entrance hall, Brasserie Paul Bocuse Musée is a full-fledged French restaurant with a casual vibe. Its selection of multi-course meals ranges from options themed on ongoing exhibitions to a children’s menu that makes for an ideal introduction to the world of French cuisine.

The children’s menu includes a small soup, a main dish, ice cream, and a choice of drink such as juice or soda. After their meal, children can find their favorite spot in the NACT to take a commemorative photo; the NACTs’ are changed landscape and may include images of cherry blossoms in spring or colorful foliage in fall.

Some may wonder why the main restaurant in a Japanese institution serves French cuisine. This choice reflects the vision of Kisho Kurokawa, the NACT’s architect, who intended the Center building to function akin to a bustling city square. In other words: a place open to everyone, where visitors are inspired and feel welcome to linger—not unlike a French brasserie.