Wondering where to eat after your visit to the Louvre Museum?  Our guide to the best Paris restaurants near the Louvre will help you decide!

We include a wide range of choices including snacks, lunch, and dinner.  Aside from a few splurges, most are budget-friendly. 

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Guide to the Best Paris Restaurants near the Louvre Museum

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Best Restaurants in the Louvre Museum and in the Gardens

Want to grab a quick bite without leaving the Louvre Museum?  You'll find eight or nine good options inside the museum itself. 

Most - but not all - are quick take-away counters such as Paul and Starbucks where you can get a coffee or cold drink, sandwich, and pastry and then find a nearby table where you can relax and eat for a few moments before resuming your museum explorations.

However, inside the Louvre are three special food venues where you may want to linger longer while enjoying the views and food:

Le Café Mollien

View of the opposite wing of the Louvre and Tuileries Garden from Cafe Mollien's Louvre-side terrace
View of the opposite wing of the Louvre and Tuileries Garden from Cafe Mollien's Louvre-side terrace

Enjoy sweeping views of I.M. Pei's glass Pyramid, Tuileries Garden, and beyond from the Cafe Mollien's outdoor terrace along one of the Louvre's balconies (Level 1 of the Denon wing at the top of the grand staircase from the ground floor; 9:45am - 4:45 pm and until 6:30pm on Fridays). 

The reasonably-priced menu includes hot and cold drinks (including wine and beer) plus an assortment of tasty snacks (quiche, salads, chips, pastries) - but the view is the real show-stopper.

Bistrot Benoit

Located on the -2 level under the Pyramid, Bistrot Benoit offers a reasonably-priced menu of French classics for your enjoyment, including escargots (snails), salad niçoise, and simple bistro-style plats (main courses) featuring chicken, beef, and fish, and a family-friendly children's menu for museum visitors under 12.

Open:  11:45am - 5:30pm, and sometimes (ie, during French school holidays) until 8pm on Fridays, but since the kitchen closes an hour before the restaurant, you should actually arrive by 4pm or earlier.

Angelina (Café Richelieu)

If you don't have time to go to the original Salon de Thé on nearby Rue de Rivoli, Angelina's Tea Room tucked away near Napoleon III's Apartments on Level 1 of the Richelieu wing serves the same specialties. 

Order Angelina's famous hot chocolate, a mouth-watering Paris-Brest or other pastry, or even onion soup or quiche, and enjoy spectacular views of the glass Pyramid from your bistro table.

Open:  10am - 4:45pm and until 6:30pm on Fridays

Before you leave the Louvre Museum and venture outside, check out the almost-hidden food court in the underground Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall next to the Louvre.


Restaurants du Monde Food Court at the Carrousel du Louvre

Restaurants du Monde food court at the Carrousel du Louvre
Restaurants du Monde food court at the Carrousel du Louvre

The Restaurants du Monde food court in the Carrousel du Louvre shopping center is something of a hidden secret for many Louvre visitors, but it's super-easy to get to - just exit the Louvre at the Carrousel entrance, and you'll see signs pointing toward the mall entrance.  Once you're in the Carrousel du Louvre mall, take the escalator up to the food court. 

Once there, you'll find a selection of international fast-food options at fast-food prices - so grabbing a quick coffee or meal is fast and relatively cheap.  Pre-pandemic, you could sample cuisines from around the world - perfect chance to try something completely new to you, or stick with your usual favorites.  Choices are a bit more limited now, but slowing increasing. 

You can also access the mall and food court through the street entrance at 99 Rue de Rivoli. 

Hours:  Open daily from 10am - 7pm with these exceptions: Tuesday, 11am-6pm, Fridays, open until 8pm.

Outside the Louvre Museum, you'll find a couple of wonderful restaurants overlooking the gardens and the museum itself.  Get a terrace table, and linger over drinks and dessert as you soak up the views and possibly the sunset - or when the weather gets cooler, enjoy their elegant indoor dining. 

Or, wander through Tuileries Garden where you'll find a variety of casual choices ranging from quick snacks and drinks to lovely outdoor terraces.


Le Cafe Marly

Seating inside Cafe Marly
Seating inside Cafe Marly

Tucked away in the arcades of the Louvre, Cafe Marly offers sweeping views of the glass Pyramid and gardens from its outdoor terrace, and serves up elevated brasserie-type fare.  A stylish dining room under indoor arched arcades provides a cold-weather alternative.

Three courses plus wine and coffee will probably run you at least €100/person.  Although the food is ok, you're paying for the location, ambiance, and the opportunity to linger here over one last drink until the early morning hours. 

Reservations are usually a good idea.

Address:  93 Rue de Rivoli;  Open:  Daily, 8am - 2am

LouLou

Located on the lower level of the wing of the Louvre occupied by the Museum of Decorative Arts,

Open:  9am - 8pm (some


Best Restaurants near the Louvre between Place de la Concorde & Palais Royal  

Angelina

View of the Eiffel Tower from Musée du Quai Branly's garden
Eiffel Tower view from Musée du Quai Branly's garden, a 5-minute walk from Le Derby Alma

If you're looking for Paris hotels near the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars, take a close look at Le Derby Alma,  a chic 4-star boutique hotel located in a charming part of the upscale 7th District, just a 5-minute walking distance to the "Iron Lady" and and the Quai Branly Museum. 

Le Nemours

Terrace seating at Le Nemours

Terrace seating at Le Nemours

Le Nemours, a quintessential Paris grand café set inside Galerie de Nemours, a covered arcade along Palais Royal next to Comédie Française near the Palais-Royal Garden, offers continuous service and high-quality, reasonably-priced casual fare.  Look for freshly-prepared French brasserie classics - salads, soups, quiche, sandwiches, and cheese and charcuterie platters.  

Choose a terrace table under the long arcade and watch le monde go by, or head inside to the chic (and air-conditioned) dining room.

After your meal, stroll through the Palais Royal Garden (the entrance is to the left of Le Nemours), where you'll first pass by the photo-worthy striped Colonnes de Buren (Buren's Columns) and then beyond that, you can explore the formal gardens.

Movie trivia:  Le Nemours was one of the filming locations for the American romantic thriller "The Tourist," starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.

Address:  Place de Colette; Open: Monday-Friday 8am-midnight, Saturday 9am-midnight, Sunday 9am-8pm

Brasserie du Louvre

View of the Eiffel Tower from Musée du Quai Branly's garden

Shaded terrace at Brasserie du Louvre

Brasserie du Louvre. a Paul Bocuse restaurant at the 5-star Hotel du Louvre located directly across Rue de Rivoli from the Louvre, features a tranquil, almost secluded terrace across from Place Colette and Palais Royal. 

The menu leans heavily toward traditional French classics (escargot, foie gras, sole belle-meunière, French onion soup topped with gratinéed cheese, and Lyonnaise-style pan-fried veal liver, beef tartar) but you'll also find a few modern international favorites such as Peruvian-style ceviche and burgers.

Address: 1 Place André Malraux (inside Hotel du Louvre); Open: Daily - breakfast: 7am-10:30am, lunch 12 noon-3pm, snacks 3pm-6pm, dinner 6pm-10:30pm;  Reserve:  Online

Le Fumoir

You can find one of the best Paris restaurants near the Louvre, Le Fumoir, directly across the street along the museum's east side. Thanks to the Swedish chef, the bistro's menu features a mix of contemporary French and Scandinavian favorites made with fresh locally-sourced products. 

The vegetarian-friendly menus change weekly.  With breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and a Sunday brunch plus a very cool bar with a wonderful wine list, cocktails, and a big selection of fresh-pressed juices on offer, you'll find a lot to love here.

Service during lunch is usually fairly fast, but you should plan to linger over your dinner.

Address: 6 Rue de l'amiral Coligny; Open: Daily, 9am-midnight; Reserve: Online

Brasserie du Louvre

View of the Eiffel Tower from Musée du Quai Branly's garden

Eiffel Tower view from Musée du Quai Branly's garden, a 5-minute walk from Le Derby Alma

If you're looking for Paris hotels near the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars, take a close look at Le Derby Alma,  a chic 4-star boutique hotel located in a charming part of the upscale 7th District, just a 5-minute walking distance to the "Iron Lady" and and the Quai Branly Museum. 

Brasserie du Louvre

View of the Eiffel Tower from Musée du Quai Branly's garden

Eiffel Tower view from Musée du Quai Branly's garden, a 5-minute walk from Le Derby Alma

If you're looking for Paris hotels near the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars, take a close look at Le Derby Alma,  a chic 4-star boutique hotel located in a charming part of the upscale 7th District, just a 5-minute walking distance to the "Iron Lady" and and the Quai Branly Museum. 

Brasserie du Louvre

View of the Eiffel Tower from Musée du Quai Branly's garden

Eiffel Tower view from Musée du Quai Branly's garden, a 5-minute walk from Le Derby Alma

If you're looking for Paris hotels near the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars, take a close look at Le Derby Alma,  a chic 4-star boutique hotel located in a charming part of the upscale 7th District, just a 5-minute walking distance to the "Iron Lady" and and the Quai Branly Museum. 


Best Places to Eat between Palais Royal & Les Halles

Brasserie du Louvre

View of the Eiffel Tower from Musée du Quai Branly's garden

Eiffel Tower view from Musée du Quai Branly's garden, a 5-minute walk from Le Derby Alma

If you're looking for Paris hotels near the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars, take a close look at Le Derby Alma,  a chic 4-star boutique hotel located in a charming part of the upscale 7th District, just a 5-minute walking distance to the "Iron Lady" and and the Quai Branly Museum. 

Brasserie du Louvre

View of the Eiffel Tower from Musée du Quai Branly's garden

Eiffel Tower view from Musée du Quai Branly's garden, a 5-minute walk from Le Derby Alma

If you're looking for Paris hotels near the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars, take a close look at Le Derby Alma,  a chic 4-star boutique hotel located in a charming part of the upscale 7th District, just a 5-minute walking distance to the "Iron Lady" and and the Quai Branly Museum. 

Brasserie du Louvre

View of the Eiffel Tower from Musée du Quai Branly's garden

Eiffel Tower view from Musée du Quai Branly's garden, a 5-minute walk from Le Derby Alma

If you're looking for Paris hotels near the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars, take a close look at Le Derby Alma,  a chic 4-star boutique hotel located in a charming part of the upscale 7th District, just a 5-minute walking distance to the "Iron Lady" and and the Quai Branly Museum. 

Brasserie du Louvre

View of the Eiffel Tower from Musée du Quai Branly's garden

Eiffel Tower view from Musée du Quai Branly's garden, a 5-minute walk from Le Derby Alma

If you're looking for Paris hotels near the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars, take a close look at Le Derby Alma,  a chic 4-star boutique hotel located in a charming part of the upscale 7th District, just a 5-minute walking distance to the "Iron Lady" and and the Quai Branly Museum. 

Brasserie du Louvre

View of the Eiffel Tower from Musée du Quai Branly's garden

Eiffel Tower view from Musée du Quai Branly's garden, a 5-minute walk from Le Derby Alma

If you're looking for Paris hotels near the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars, take a close look at Le Derby Alma,  a chic 4-star boutique hotel located in a charming part of the upscale 7th District, just a 5-minute walking distance to the "Iron Lady" and and the Quai Branly Museum. 

Brasserie du Louvre

View of the Eiffel Tower from Musée du Quai Branly's garden

Eiffel Tower view from Musée du Quai Branly's garden, a 5-minute walk from Le Derby Alma

If you're looking for Paris hotels near the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars, take a close look at Le Derby Alma,  a chic 4-star boutique hotel located in a charming part of the upscale 7th District, just a 5-minute walking distance to the "Iron Lady" and and the Quai Branly Museum. 


Île de la Cité Restaurants near the Louvre

Rue Cler market street, home to Hotel Cler(upper right)
Terrace seating in front of La Rose de France Brasserie at Place Dauphone

If you're planning to visit the Orsay Museum or Sainte-Chapelle after your visit to the Louvre, cross over the Seine to the Left Bank or to Place Dauphine on Île de la Cité and try these nearby restaurants:  

3 on right bank

 

La Rose de France

La Rose de France Brasserie (24 Place Dauphine; continuous service from 10am - 10pm, Monday - Sunday) - Casual brasserie offering a tourist-friendly menu with a few classic French starters such as foie gras and escargot, meal-sized salads, burgers (including vegan), and main dishes with French, Italian, and Asian flavors.  Seasonal terrace.  No reservations necessary.

Le Paul Restaurant

Restaurant Paul (15 Place Dauphine; lunch and dinner, Monday - Saturday; lunch only on Sunday) - Home-style traditional French cuisine - in other words, comfort food such as mimosa eggs and chicken with mushrooms and even (for those who like it) beef liver creatively prepared.  The menu usually includes a vegetarian option.  Whatever you order, you'll probably wish you weren't in public and could lick your plate. Try the excellent baba aux rhum for dessert.  Seasonal terrace.  Reserve online.

Fun Fact: Actors Simone Signoret and Yves Montand once had a tiny pied a terre apartment here where they stayed whenever they were in Paris, and they dined regularly at Le Caveau du Palais (below), which now has the same owners as Restaurant Paul.

Le Caveau du Palais

Le Caveau du Palais (19 Place Dauphine; dinner, Monday - Saturday) - Creative "gastronomic" (ie, gourmet) renditions of traditional French cuisine, mostly centered around fish, poultry, and meat, plus a vegetarian option.  Don't overlook the "cream vegetable soup of the day," which is always worth ordering - recently, this was a refreshingly chilled fresh pea purée laced with mint, basil oil, and a creamy burrata.  Seasonal terrace, plus 3-4 gorgeous period-style dining rooms inside.  Reserve online.


Left Bank Restaurants near the Louvre

Rue Cler market street, home to Hotel Cler(upper right)
Terrace seating in front of La Rose de France Brasserie at Place Dauphone

If you're planning to visit the Orsay Museum or Sainte-Chapelle after your visit to the Louvre, cross over the Seine to the Left Bank or to Place Dauphine on Île de la Cité and try these nearby restaurants:  

3 on right bank

 

La Rose de France

La Rose de France Brasserie (24 Place Dauphine; continuous service from 10am - 10pm, Monday - Sunday) - Casual brasserie offering a tourist-friendly menu with a few classic French starters such as foie gras and escargot, meal-sized salads, burgers (including vegan), and main dishes with French, Italian, and Asian flavors.  Seasonal terrace.  No reservations necessary.

Le Paul Restaurant

Restaurant Paul (15 Place Dauphine; lunch and dinner, Monday - Saturday; lunch only on Sunday) - Home-style traditional French cuisine - in other words, comfort food such as mimosa eggs and chicken with mushrooms and even (for those who like it) beef liver creatively prepared.  The menu usually includes a vegetarian option.  Whatever you order, you'll probably wish you weren't in public and could lick your plate. Try the excellent baba aux rhum for dessert.  Seasonal terrace.  Reserve online.

Fun Fact: Actors Simone Signoret and Yves Montand once had a tiny pied a terre apartment here where they stayed whenever they were in Paris, and they dined regularly at Le Caveau du Palais (below), which now has the same owners as Restaurant Paul.

Le Caveau du Palais

Le Caveau du Palais (19 Place Dauphine; dinner, Monday - Saturday) - Creative "gastronomic" (ie, gourmet) renditions of traditional French cuisine, mostly centered around fish, poultry, and meat, plus a vegetarian option.  Don't overlook the "cream vegetable soup of the day," which is always worth ordering - recently, this was a refreshingly chilled fresh pea purée laced with mint, basil oil, and a creamy burrata.  Seasonal terrace, plus 3-4 gorgeous period-style dining rooms inside.  Reserve online.


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