Museum Cafés and Restaurants

Museum Cafés and Restaurants

Where to Be

Before or after your visit, almost all museums in France have a café or restaurant where you can take a short break with a quick snack or sit down and enjoy a true French meal. Many offer unique historic settings, outdoor terraces and wonderful views.  

Museum Cafés and Restaurants

Set in the historic district of Angers, the Café des Orfèvres is located at the entrance of the Beaux-Arts Museum. It is a popular meeting place for the locals and a good place to take a break after seeing the some 300 works in the museum.
Café des Orfèvres, 14 rue du Musée, 49100 Angers
Tel: 33 (0)2 41 88 94 36
The immense bistro-style Grand Café la Manutention is just below the Popes’ Palace in the vast cultural complex that includes a cinema along with dance and music venues. You can enjoy a charming Mediterranean meal on the terrace in front of the Palace with a view of the Rocher du Doms.
Le Grand Café la Manutention, cour Maria Casarès, 84000 Avignon
Tel:  33 (0)4 90 86 86 77
After visiting Bordeaux’s CAPC Contemporary Museum, you can lunch under the brick arcades or on the terrace of the Café du Musée. 
CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain.
Entrepots, 7, rue Ferrère, 33000 Bordeaux.
Tel:  33 (0)5 56 91 81 74
The Palais des Beaux-Arts is the second largest museum in France after the Louvre and is known for its outstanding international exhibits. Le Restaurant du Musée specializes in local regional cuisine.
Le Restaurant du Musée,18, bis rue de Valmy, 59000 Lille.
Tel:  33 (0)3 20 13 92 40
Located in the Automobile Museum, home to the famous Schlumpf collection, Restaurant le Grand Prix offers a light, high-quality cuisine with emphasis on the specialties of Alsace. -
Restaurant Le Grand Prix, 192, Avenue de Colmar, 68200 Mulhouse
Tel: 33 (0)3 89 42 58 48
In Nimes, there is nothing more pleasant than having lunch on the third floor of the Carré d’Art Museum of Contemporary Art with a magnificent view of the Roman-built Maison-Carrée. The restaurant has an exceptional terrace where you can sip a glass of champagne or a cup of coffee and enjoy the view.
Le Ciel de Nîmes,16, place de la Maison Carrée, Carré d’Art, 30000 Nîmes
Tel: 33 (0)4 66 36 71 70

At the Centre Georges Pompidou, France’s national modern art museum, the top-floor Le Georges restaurant is decorated in a modern, futuristic style with outstanding views of Paris. The menu combines tastes of Asia with classic French brasserie-style fare.

Le Georges,19, rue Beaubourg, 75004 Paris
Tel: 33 (0)1 44 78 47 99

If you visit Paris’ brand new museum, the Quai-Branly, the prehistoric art might urge you to dine on the 5th-floor terrace of the Restaurant Les Ombres (the shadows). Under an intricately woven canopy of beams, shadows pop up and float on your plate—hence the eatery’s title. Don’t miss the arresting view of western Paris.

For an excellent brunch, tea-time or breakfast, try the Café at the Jacquemart-André Museum on Boulevard Haussman. You will be surrounded by a gilded décor and tapestries from Brussels while enjoying pastries, boiled eggs with fine herbs, potato salad with salmon and of course, many desserts.
Café du Musée Jacquemart-André, 158, boulevard Haussman, 75008 Paris
Tel: 33 (0)1 45 62 11 59


In the extraordinary new cultural facility, Les Champs Libres, created by Christian de Portzamparc, you can enter the contemporary universe of the museum and restaurant. Le Café des Champs Libres has a beautiful large terrace where a light menu is served at reasonable prices. The entertainment highlights the character of the café.
Le Café des Champs Libres, 10, cours des Alliés.
Tel: 33 (0)2 23 40 08 13

St Etienne

Since 1999, the restaurant of the Modern Art Museum has been run by Chef Stéphane Laurier, who emphasizes seasonal cuisine with a décor that combines the classic with the modern.

Le Restaurant du Musée, 42270 Saint Priest en Jarez, St-Etienne
Tel: 33 (0)4 77 79 24 52

Bistrot du théâtre

Set within the walls of the National Theatre of Toulouse and just steps from the cinemas, the Bistro du Théatre will welcome you as friends for lunch or dinner to experience its authentic, imaginative and spontaneous cuisine.
Le Bistrot du théâtre - 3, rue Labéda – 31000 Toulouse.
Tel : 05 34 45 05 45 / Mobile : 06 30 48 54 63