For a quick bite or a lingering lunch with a million dollar view, museum restaurants are a smart choice. Cafe Marly, 93 rue de Rivoli, surely comes in number one with its spectacular setting in front of the Louvre’s glass pyramid.
Café des Techniques in the Musée des Arts et Métiers is open every day except Monday and features a Sunday brunch starting at 11:30, 60 rue Réaumur. You don’t have buy a museum ticket to get in but don’t try to access the collections when you finish, the guards might pounce and make a scene.
The Palais de Tokyo museum’s, Tokyo Eat comes in second with it’s spectac Eiffel Tower view. Try the large vegetarian platter with caramelized baked vegetables; salmon and spinach lasagna; and veal piccata accompanied by tiny ravioli. No museum ticket is necessary. 13 ave du Président Wilson, 16th, Métro: Iéna/Alma-Marceau.
The Musée d’Orsay has two restaurants worth visiting, 1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 7th, Métro: Solférino. Visit them for their unique interiors and good food.
Musée du Quai Branly’s Les Ombres rooftop restaurant was designed by French star architect Jean Nouvel, right down to the glassware and cutlery. No museum ticket is necessary. A three-course lunch menu is 38 euros and the Eiffel Tower view comes with it.
From Ombre’s menu:
ketchup de tomate, amandes effilées et citron confit
Riz vénéré, tagliatelles de seiche,
écume de verveine, riquette
Cannelloni de courgette et tourteau,
gelée de yuzu, crème de fenouil et aneth, pomme granny smith
Asperges blanches, béarnaise, crème d’estragon,
Foie gras de canard mi-cuit, compotée de rhubarbe