Some of the most well-known attributes of the city of Paris are its impressive museums, spacious gardens and café culture. There are a few select museums in Paris that actually have both a café and garden on their grounds. These additions allow you to luxuriously spend your day in a museum, at a reasonable cost, wandering through a luscious green garden and enjoy a cup of coffee. All in the same location.
Here’s where to go to make the most of your next museum visit.
Best Paris Garden Museum & Café #1
Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac
For a bit of a different garden experience you can go explore the gardens of the Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac Museum. This is a museum that highlights the art and cultures of countries from Africa, Asia, the Oceania, and the Americas. Their museum also has a lot of green spaces within and around it. The gardens have a more modern twist as the greenery here mixes with industrial architecture of the museum. It is a great place to walk around in after taking in all the art! Best of all their gardens also have a a direct view of the Eiffel Tower!! It is definitely worth a visit!
After you’ve enjoyed yourself at the museum and gardens, it’s time to take a lovely pause at the newly-refurbished Café Jacques. This is perhaps the chicest museum café which is under the umbrella of the Alain Ducasse brand so you can oly expect top-notch service and quality dishes.
- Address: 37 Quai Branly, 7th arrondissement
- Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday — 10:30 am – 07:00 pm; Thursday — 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
- Museum entrance: 12€ full rate, 9€ reduced rate
- Gardens entrance: FREE
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Best Paris Garden Museum & Café #2
Musée Rodin houses some of the greatest works by the French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. The interior part of the museum, called The Chapel, holds some of the smaller sculptures while the larger pieces are located in the beautiful gardens outside of the museum. Much of the work here dates back to the late 19th century. You can also explore more sculptures in The Hôtel Biron, which is located in the centre of the gardens. This mansion houses the bulk of Musée Rodin’s collection.
Aside from the museum buildings and sculpture garden, there is also a charming Paris-style café in the gardens called The Musée Rodin Café. It’s a great spot to sit, enjoy a cup of coffee and relax after your museum visit. All this makes the museum a great place to visit for a few hours, as there is lots to do and see!
- Address: 79 Rue de Varenne, 7th arrondissement
- Times: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5:45pm, Café hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5:00pm
- Museum entrance: Full price: 11.30€ Reduced price: 8.30€.
- Sculpture garden only entrance: Full price: 5.30 Reduced price: 3.30€
Best Paris Garden Museum & Café #3
MUSÉE DU LUXEMBOURG
- Address: 19 Rue de Vaugirard, 6th arrondissement
- Times: open everyday 10:30am-7:00pm, exceptionally on Friday nights until 10pm, Angelina café hours: open everyday 10:00am-7:00pm
- Prices: Price differs depending on the exhibition but you can check their website for more information.
Best Paris Garden Museum & Café #4
While the stunning Petit Palais was first built for the 1900 World’s Fair, it opened as a public museum just two short years after. Unlike the neighboring Grand Palais, the Petit Palais houses its own permanent collection, including works by some of the most well-known painters such as Théodore Géricault, Gustave Courbet and Paul Cézanne. However, the real reason to visit the Petit Palais is the actual building itself and their secret café and garden. The garden is advertised as “an oasis of greenery in the heart of the museum”. The best part is, that the cafe overlooks the gardens so you can enjoy your cup of coffee or tea while also enjoying the view!
INSIDR inside tip: The permeant collection of the Petit Palais is one of the few free museums in Paris, meaning that you do not have to feel guilty about indulging in a pastry or even proper meal at the café after your visit!
- Address: Avenue Winston Churchill, 8th arrondissement
- Times: Everyday from 10:00am-6: 00 pm except on Mondays when it is closed.
- Café hours: Everyday from 10:00am-5: 00 pm (closed on Mondays)
- Prices: Free for the permanent collection. However, the fee differs for temporary exhibitions but you can find that information on their website.
The Museé de Montmartre is the hidden-gem of Montmartre. It’s a museum that is complemented with a beautiful garden that shouldn’t be missed on your visit to Paris. What this museum lacks in physical size, it makes up for in history. From 1875-1877, Impressionist painter Auguste Renoir lived on-site at this location. The gardens that surround his old home are dedicated to him. While walking between the museum buildings and around the gardens of the museum, you will also be able to see the vineyard of Montmartre very clearly. Since the Renoir gardens are so beautiful at the Musée de Montmartre, we recommend you stop at the Café Renoir at the museum to be able to enjoy the gardens for an extended period of time.
- Address: 12-14 Rue Cortot, 18th arrondissement
- Times: Everyday 10:00am-6:00pm
- Prices: (to be bought on-site): Full price 9.50€, Students 7.50€, Youth 5.50€, Children under 10 years FREE