Feeling hungry after all that sightseeing? Why not take a relaxing, gourmet break at one of the many Paris museum restaurants? Definitely one of the most original dining options in Paris, combining top French cuisine with the city's most emblematic views.
Café Le Georges at the Pompidou Centre
Located on Beaubourg’s 6th floor, this restaurant features an incomparable view of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and the Sacred Heart Basilica, amongst others. The modern architecture uses aluminium throughout the venue. The menu includes international cuisine as well as some re-visited and re-worked French classics.
Café Le Jardin at the Petit Palais
Opening out onto the interior garden of the Paris Fine Arts Museum, this café is the very definition of serenity. A real contrast to the lively atmosphere on the Avenue Champs-Elysées, it has nearly 100 seats waiting for you to enjoy some classic French cuisine.
Les Ombres at the Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac Museum
The café’s name originates from its location; in the shadows (ombre) of its neighbour, the Eiffel Tower. Designed by architect Jean Nouvel, the restaurant was built on the roof terrace of the ‘Arts and Civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas’ collection area. Completely encased in glass, the restaurant offers a panoramic view of France’s capital. On the menu: exotic cuisine, reflecting the items and objects on display in the museum’s collections.
The Café Campana, Restaurant at the Musée d’Orsay
With its large glass windows, the café gives diners a clear view out over the River Seine alongside its menu – which chef Yann Landureau designs to reflect the current exhibitions. The venue is actually a monument in itself. It was opened in 1900, and is now a listed French Historical Monument, that has been revamped to add a touch of modernity to the gold-leaf and chandelier traditional décor.
The Café at Musée Rodin
Right in the middle of the Musée Rodin’s gardens, just a stone’s throw from some of this master sculptor’s statues - The Burghers of Calais, The Gates of Hell, or even The Thinker - is the perfect place to have a quick bite at any time of the day. Find some peace and serenity right next to the museum and, whether inside or out on the terrace, enjoy a carefully crafted simple quality meal.
The Café Grand Louvre
Located beneath the Louvre’s famous Pyramid - right in the heart of the museum - this modern, half-floral, half-wood designed café offers both classic and more contemporary French cuisine. (Burgers have been revamped with foie-gras for example!) The Café Grand Louvre is a peaceful haven in one of Paris’s most visited museums.
“Zyriab by Noura” at the Arab World Institute
The 9th floor of the Arab World Institute is home to a panoramic restaurant that offers the perfect place to experience Lebanon and its mouth-watering cuisine. On the top floor terrace, take in a wonderful view of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral and the River Seine. If the season keeps you indoors, you can still discover one of the city’s best viewpoints behind the huge glass windows designed by architect Jean Nouvel.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the Champs-Elysées, is one of the most beautiful salons de thé (tea rooms) in Paris: Louis XV sculpted wood console tables, 18th Century tapestries, ceiling frescos, gold leaf and crystal chandeliers. Its dreamlike classical decor is perfect for tasting pastries from the best Parisian artisans. At lunch time, it’s also makes a great place for a light meal or even a weekend brunch.
Café Marly at the Louvre
Fancy a great view of the museum’s famous Pyramid! Nestled beneath the arches of the Louvre, lies this Second Empire-style eatery with a bold and modern menu. Elegant décor and golden woodwork give the venue the feeling of a former royal residence. Enjoy a lovely lunch, as you slowly sink into the atmosphere and embrace what life might have been like when the Louvre was still a palace.
LOULOU, Musée des Arts Décoratifs Restaurant
What could be more magical than delectable southern French cusine with Italian flavors in the heart of the Palais du Louvre gardens? A perfect embodiment of Parisian living, this restaurant will satisfy all your culinary needs - snacking, lunching, tea time, traditional dining, sipping a cocktail, or even dancing under the view of the Eiffel Tower. Located just a stone's throw from the Musée d'Orsay and the Pyramide du Louvre. Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful terraces in Paris.
- "Café du Jardin" at the Petit Palais
- "Les Ombres" at the Quai Branly Museum
- The Café at Musée d'Orsay
- "Café Carlu", House of Architecture and Heritage
- The Café at the Musée Rodin
- The Café Grand Louvre
- Café "Le Georges" at the Pompidou Centre
- "Zyriab by Noura" at the Arab World Institute (French)
- The Café at the Jacquemart-André Museum
- "Café Marly" at the Louvre