11 Hours in Paris
I'm going to be in Paris on my own for 11 hours following a trip to India in about two weeks on a Saturday. I know I'm probably being ambitious but my plan is to visit the Louvre for several hours and I'd love suggestions for breakfast nearby and a good bistro for lunch afterwards.
Thanks in advance.
Angelina has decent coffee and croissants. I find their cakes and other pastries to be overly sweet and heavy. A breakfast of Mont Blanc, a pastry of filled with chestnut cream and whipped cream as someone sugguested, would send one into an enornous sugar shock. Breakfast at Cafe Marly inside the Louvre is convenient and great for people watching. There is a branch of Paul (a chain of fairly good bakeries) inside the Caroussel du Louvre. Le Pain Quotidien in the nearby place du Marche Saint Honore has better coffee, pastries, breads and preserves but it can be very crowded late mornings. A comment that any sit down place for breakfast consisting of a cafe au lait or cafe creme and a croissant will be at least 5E; add a freshly squeeze orange juice, the bill can be expensive.
Saturday lunch can be difficult as many bistros are closed dued to the weekends. Try Ardoise or Le Souffle on r. Mont Thabor or Lescure on r. de Mondovi.
Angelique Tea Room is walking distance (7 minutes from the Louvre). Get the house favorite: meringue with chestnut cream and fresh whipped cream on top. The hot chocolate is black, thick and rich. You can make this a breakfast, or have a simple salad or other something light, then indulge in one of these rich sweets and call it lunch.