You are sure to build up an appetite wandering around the Louvre, the world’s largest art museum. Located in the prestigious first arrondissement district, the Louvre is a stone’s throw from some of Paris’s most prestigious hotels and boutiques. As a result, the area around the Louvre can become something of a tourist trap, with restaurant prices taking advantage of the high number of hungry visitors. Make better choices with our guide to some of the best places to eat around the Louvre. Whether you are looking for a cool breakfast spot, a lunchtime eatery or an afternoon snack, these are some of the top places to eat, all within walking distance of the museum.
Those wanting to get an early start at the Louvre should head to Claus for breakfast. The café is famous for its top-quality home-made breakfasts and healthy menus with a strong focus on salads, pastries and egg dishes. Influenced by Nordic cuisine, everything here is fresh and beautifully presented, making it the perfect place for a bite to eat before exploring the world-famous museum.
Claus, 14-15 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4233 5510
Less than five minutes on foot from the Louvre museum is Ellsworth, a small, unassuming restaurant that has made it onto many lists of the best restaurants in Paris. The intimate venue can be described as a neo bistro, offering relaxed, approachable dining, and a menu of small plates accompanied by a well-chosen wine list. Examples of the dishes on offer include raw hand-dived scallops, chicken liver parfait and veal tartare, while the fried chicken small plate has become famous among those in the know.
Ellsworth, 34 rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4260 5966
Those who wish to bypass the indulgent patisseries of the first arrondissement should make a beeline for Maisie Café. This airy café and juice bar is one of the most elegant spots for healthy eating in Paris, with a menu based around vegan dishes, gluten-free food and organic offerings. Everything here is prepared on site, even down to the cashew ‘milk’, so you know you are getting the best and freshest food in the area. Stop here for gluten-free focaccia bread and organic cold-pressed juices, or come for breakfast before the museum opens.
Maisie Café, 32 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4039 9916
La Guinguette d’Angèle
If you are spending the day in and around the Louvre, we recommend heading to La Guinguette d’Angèle and choosing a detox lunchbox to go; the Palais Royal gardens, a short walk away, are a perfect picnic spot. This small hole-in-the-wall eatery offers an impressive range of vegetarian, vegan and raw dishes, a rare selection in Paris, and with tempting home-baked cakes and pastries on offer you’ll be spoiled for choice.
La Guinguette d’Angèle, 34 rue Coquillière, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)9 8061 2549
Opened in 1903, Angelina has become an iconic Parisian institution. Located on the famous and prestigious rue de Rivoli, the iconic tearoom has long been a favourite meeting place for Parisian aristocracy and gourmets alike. The 1930s decor makes it a wonderful place to escape the busy streets of the first arrondissement – visit for breakfast, or why not come here for the delicious afternoon tea? The pastries here are among the most photographed delights in Paris, while the world-famous Africain hot chocolate is sure to give you a sweet fix after you explore the Louvre.
Angelina Paris, 226 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4260 8200