Café des Musées

Price guide: Mid-range

49 rue de Turenne, Paris, 75003

Price guide: Mid-range

Café des Musées

By Natasha Edwards, your Paris expert

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#44 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in Paris
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, Art, People watching, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Café des Musées

Squeeze in to this Marais bistro for the good food and lively atmosphere.

Although it calls itself a café and you can pop in for breakfast, the food here is much more serious than that might suggest, produced from a mini kitchen that takes up much of the front room, and packed daily with the Marais fashion and gallery set.

Food and drink: 

The blackboard menu puts the emphasis on seasonal produce. I had a superb starter of sautéed ceps one autumn, while other starters might include spring asparagus, terrine accompanied by a pot of cornichons or the home-smoked organic salmon and house foie gras that you can also buy to take away. Main courses include a good steak with chunky chips and Béarnaise sauce, pork from the Bigorre in the Pyrenees, winter game and the fish catch of the day, while the cocotte de légumes, a pot of colourful sautéed vegetables provides a better than usual vegetarian option. Desserts are taken seriously too: good fruit tarts and a tempting chocolate terrine.

Ambience: 

Vintage corner café with tightly packed tables (you don't come here for privacy) and the buzz of the branché Marais.

Service: 

It's casual and friendly.

Location: 

Usefully placed near the place des Vosges and the Marais art galleries and fashion boutiques. The museums of the name include Carnavalet and the currently closed Picasso.

Price advice: 

Dinner costs around 30 euros for three courses, with a 13 euro formule at lunch.

More information on Café des Musées:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Café, Restaurant
Food:
French, Traditional, Vegetarian
Address:
49 rue de Turenne, Paris, 75003
Telephone:
01 42 72 96 17
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 8am-11.30am, noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm; Sat & Sun 11am-3pm, 7pm-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

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