Disneyland Paris was built with stunning attention to detail, and this is carried through to the themes of its restaurants. During our time in Disneyland Paris, we spent a lot of time exploring the restaurants–even if we didn’t eat at them–to appreciate fully their depth and character. We thought it would be fun to put together a list of 10 that we think have some of the best themes. However, since we were not able to visit every restaurant (some were either closed or table service restaurants that didn’t allow stray guests inside), this is not a top 10 list in the traditional sense. Rather, it’s the top 10 of the ones we saw, which were most, but not all of them.
Ranking the restaurants for theme was not particularly easy. I almost called this the “Top 10 Cool Disneyland Paris Restaurants” because I think some of the restaurants on this list aren’t so much themed as they are beautifully decorated, but I ultimately decided against it because I think “cool” is a hokey buzzword. Some restaurants are arguably not themed, as they convey their backstory or motifs through conspicuous design choices, props, art, and photos on the wall. Other restaurants are truly themed in the sense that they are meant to transport you to another time and place, making the guest a part of the “story” or whatever you want to call it. Regardless, I think you probably understand what is meant by “themed” and hope no one is too nitpicky with the term given that Disney often uses it very broadly, too.
An important note is that this list focuses solely on theme. Food-quality does not enter the equation at all with our rankings of the restaurants. While Disneyland Paris is a beautiful, highly immersive theme park that excels at many things, food preparation is not one of those things. This is both shocking and disappointing given its proximity to one of the culinary hotspots of the world, but c’est la vie.
With that said, so much of the Disney experience is about theme and sense of place. As a result, if you’re visiting Disneyland Paris, we recommend trying a few of these restaurants despite our comments about food quality, as you’d be missing a big part of the overall experience if you skipped them and ate every meal at Earl of Sandwich. Weeks after you visit a Disneyland Paris restaurant, you or your kids probably won’t be raving about one burger versus another, demanding that you phone Zagat immediately. However, you will probably fondly recall dining in a room based on concept art for Discoveryland/Tomorrowland for a long time. Such is the nature of a meal at Disneyland Paris–the food at a restaurant should be important, but it’s really not.
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