Mad About Paris, Much more than a guide
Every tourist has a a good chance of stumbling upon the “Café des Musées” at the fringe of the Marais because it sits right between Place des Vosges and the Picasso Museum. If you come in the morning to have a coffee at, say, 8.30 a.m., there’s even a chance of meet a bunch of lovely Parisian mothers who start their day after having delivered their children to the school just across Rue de Turenne. In other words: this is a popular place with a familiar feeling about it. And it’s a perfect place for lunch, with or without kids.
There’s a set menu that changes every day, three courses for only 19 Euros, and an interesting à-la-carte-menu where the chef shows his preference for rustic pleasures. You’ll find rare pieces of charcuterie as starters, home-made marinated salmon and very tasty home-made patés. In the list of mains hearty stews and hefty roasts are ready to order and only here can you see some Japanese tourists contemplating the saltiness of French game and wild poultry dishes during the cold season.
There’s an unpretentious, charming vegetable casserole too, (they call it “cocotte” and it’s the school moms’ favourite, they love it!). Unpretentious would also be the right word to characterize the wine list – but you know, you don’t come here to celebrate your 25th wedding anniversary. You just come on any day to eat decently. “C’est correct”, that’s what Parisians would say about this restaurant and it means: good to go.
So look at this review as an update of what Parisian blogger David Leibovitz wrote back in 2007, when he called the „Café des Musées“ a „terrific“ neighborhood restaurant. This verdict is still valid. And French food journalist François Simon even would like to live upstairs. Take this as a sign and next time you feel hungry between Place des Vosges and Musée Picasso: just pop in and grab a table.Café des Musées