Paris museum cafes

Sep 24th, 2009, 05:08 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 975
Paris museum cafes

Please, could we start a thread specifically on good choices for a light lunch at the many museums in Paris? Museum cafes would seem to be easy, affordable, and have been recommended here for travelers on their own.

(I know there are some fine museum restaurants as well --see Dining in Paris Museums by cigalechanta.

Any advice from your experiences will be illuminating-- thanks!
nyse is offline  
Sep 24th, 2009, 05:25 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,726
We have enjoyed several lunches at the Musee d'Orsay cafe.

It is located behind one of the big station clocks, and there is a rooftop terrace with a wonderful view.

Byrd is offline  
Sep 24th, 2009, 05:41 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 138
2nd on Musee d'Orsay.
Not a museum but very good and affordable, the cafeteria in Galeries Lafayette.
julieah is offline  
Sep 24th, 2009, 05:53 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 7,525
I'll throw out what I've heard about..
Jacquemart-Andre and Cafe Marly at the Louvre.
Michel_Paris is offline  
Sep 24th, 2009, 05:53 AM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 3,567
The best food court is at the Louvre-- kiosks-type with many ethnic foods represented.
Viajero2 is offline  
Sep 24th, 2009, 06:09 AM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,056
Cafe Marly is looking tired these days but it's still great for a coffee on the terrace overlooking the glass pyramid. The little cafeteria on the 6th floor of Printemps has a fabulous view, nice for drinks but food is so-so. I haven't been there but hear the tearoom at the Islamic museum/Mosque is very good.
tarquin is offline  
Sep 24th, 2009, 06:10 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 33,651
They usually only have one choice or two at most at any museum, so if you are in a museum and want to eat there, just check it out and see if you like the prices. I wouldn't go out of my way to go to a museum just for lunch, if that's what you are thinking. Affordable is a term that is meaningless, in general, as what is affordable to some is excessive to others. For example, I think the restaurant in the Orsay is reasonable for the food and room, but I've read others say they consider it expensive. The Louvre cafeteria is convenient and not bad at all IMO, but it certainly isn't cheap compared to any regular place you could go outside the Louvre. Most museums don't have restaurants, anyway, there are only a few.
Christina is online now  
Sep 24th, 2009, 06:51 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 9,705
Avoid the cafe at the Petit Palais. Their baguettes tasted like American hot dog buns!
avalon is offline  
Sep 24th, 2009, 06:53 AM
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 1,683
Be careful because there is a RESTAURANT and a self-service cafe at the Orsay.

I recommend the restaurant.

The food must be pretty good at the Jackie-Andre Museum (that's what I call it) because the lines are out the door. Get there early if you want a table.

Cries_Van_Notebook is offline  
Sep 24th, 2009, 07:09 AM
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 196
I agree with Michel and Cries, Jacquemart-Andre for lunch.
celticmoon is online now  
Sep 24th, 2009, 08:33 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 8,865
From my 2006 Paris Christmas Trip Report:

"During the tour, our noses had been tempted by the smell of food wafting through the building, so after we dropped off the headphones and had lunch in the restaurant at Jacquemart-André. It was charming…and good.

Tracy had the Le Prince salad, which consisted of a mixed salad with curried chicken and carrots, raisins and grapefruit. I don’t remember what I had for lunch, because we split ½ bottle of Pommery Champagne, and I, as usual, took more than my fair share."

maitaitom is offline  
Sep 24th, 2009, 08:50 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 20,834
Arts et Métiers (Musée nationale des techniques) has a Sunday brunch buffet at a very reasonable price.
Michael is online now  
Sep 24th, 2009, 10:57 AM
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,648
The Cafe in the garden at the Musee Branly is a nice place to stop. The costs are typical museum prices, and the setting is lovely. The building is separate from the museum so you don't have to be visiting the exhibits to go. The gardens and the outside of the museum with the plants growing on the walls makes it an interesting stop on its own. In good weather there is a large outdoor seating area, as well.
cw is offline  
Sep 25th, 2009, 07:45 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 82
We had a very nice lunch-nothing fancy but tasty and good-- at the Rodin Museum in the Gardens. Not too expensive but it served the purpose for a light meal at the right time.
decee is offline  
Sep 25th, 2009, 10:03 PM
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 2,907
I also agree with the Jacquemart-Andre suggestion, we had a great foie gras salad there. When I was in Paris in May the Nissim Camondo were doing a survey and one of the questions was would I use a cafe if there was one, I replied a big yes. So keep an eye out because hopefully they will be putting one in here also.

The Romantic Museum also has a very small cafe, I wouldn't rush there for the food as it was quite limited but a cup of tea and cake looked good. This is in the 9th arr.

I have also heard that the food at the Branly was great as was the view.

schnauzer is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Sep 3rd, 2015 10:41 PM
Jul 7th, 2007 06:01 PM
Mar 27th, 2006 12:51 PM
Nov 19th, 2005 03:05 PM
May 24th, 2000 05:07 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:35 AM.