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Apr 2, 2008 03:44 PM

Museum Restaurants Paris

Recently reading a Forbes travel report about the 10 most wonderful museum restaurants in the world! the Pompidou was mentioned as one of the 10. That made me wonder about other Parisian museum restaurants. Has any one eaten at the Pompidou, or any other of the museum restaurants in Paris? Thanks, bb22

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  1. I have no idea of the food at the d'Orsay, the coffee is OK, but sitting "inside" the clock face is a unique experience. Of course, the art work (a room with 22 Van Gogh's) down the hall is incredible.

    1. Had lunch at d'Orsay, Louvre and they were excellent..and affordable.

      1. You need to be careful to separate the museum cafe's from serious restaurants located in museums. Musee d'Orsay for example doesn't really have a serious destination restaurant it is a cafe to refresh museum patrons - but I agree it is an iconic spot (it also has a terrace).

        Georges at the Pomidou has a good view, is is run by the Costes brothers, so is quite glamourous. The food is french/international. It is fine, but more about the scene/view than what is on the plate. Brothers but with international food. I suspect it makes the top 10 list because it is an easy pick by an armchair researcher - i.e. it is in all the guides.

        The Louvre has "Cafe Marly" another Costes Brothers restaurant, it has a really good terrace overlooking the pyramid. Food is similar to Georges, again very fashionable clientele. The Louvre also has a couple of cafes in the actual museum, one on the second floor (?) has a nice outside terrace.

        Cafe de l'Homme, in the Musee de l'Homme has good, more traditional food, and has the added bonus of a terrace looking over the Seine to the Tour Eiffel.

        Les Hombres on top of the Musee Quai Branley is probably the most serious museum restaurant, it is modern on top of Paris newest museum, with a modern French menu. It also has a fantastic view as it is right next to the Tour Eiffel.

        And stretching a point there is also Gordon Ramsay's newest restaurant (Trianon Palace Hotel) is opposite the Versailles. It only opened last month and it will be interesting to see how he fares.

        1. The Jaquemart-Andre Museum is my second favorite after the Louvre and has a wonderful restaurant/cafe.

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          1. re: torta basilica

            I agree! We were at Jaquemart-André in February, and the setting is quite something as is the museum (which many tourists never get to for some reason).

          2. We had lunch at the Georges atop the Pompidou about 7 years ago, and it was lovely. Maybe not the most incredible meal in Paris, but definitely delicious enough that I'd go back. We had a group of three adults and two teens, and everyone left happy and full.