The Jardin d’Acclimatation, Jardin des Plantes, Jardin du Carrousel … As well as being wonderful places to stroll, these havens of greenery have a restaurant and terrace, where you can dine in comfort.
The Bois de Boulogne, the green lung of western Paris, has a number of gourmet establishments:L’Auberge du Bonheur close to Longchamp racecourse, and for special occasions, the starred restaurant La Grande Cascade, just next to the Bois de Boulogne’s celebrated waterfall.
In the middle of Paris too, some of the loveliest parks and gardens in the capital have a restaurant or tea room for refreshments.
As for the Loulou, within the Musée des Arts décoratifs in the Jardin du Carrousel, it has a huge terrace with a fantastic view of the Tuileries and the Eiffel Tower.
Situated by the Seine, close to the Eiffel Tower, the Musée du quai Branly is an architectural masterpiece designed by the architect Jean Nouvel and surrounded by a lush garden designed by Gilles Clément. There are two restaurants here. On the ground floor, Le Café Jacques with its terrace is a veritable haven of peace, away from the noise of the city and a great place for a drink or a snack. For lunch or dinner, head to the roof of the museum; the modern and elegant rooftop restaurant Les Ombres has a unique terrace in summer weather. It affords an exceptional view of the Eiffel Tower and vistas that stretch from the Palais de Chaillot to Sacré-Cœur.
The intimate Musée de la Vie romantique, in the heart of the 9th arrondissement in the New Athens district, has a charming, bucolic tea room. Open from 10am to 6pm, Un thé dans le jardin is a place where time seems to stand still. Right next to Invalides, the Musée Rodin too has a place that stands apart: tucked away in the heart of a garden with sculptures, the Café du Musée Rodin offers a delightful interlude.
Popular with children, the Jardin des Plantes has a restaurant, Les Belles Plantes, with two wonderful terraces, which opens at lunchtime.
In the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, some gardens are still little-known to the public. One such example is the Maison de l’Amérique Latine, the South-American cultural centre in Paris, which boasts one of the finest restaurants with a garden in Paris. In a hushed elegant atmosphere, you can enjoy lunch or dinner on a lovely shady terrace.
Finally, on the edge of Paris, the restaurant L’Île, in the heart of the Parc de l’île Saint-Germain, has a delightful terrace in a big garden. A change of scenery guaranteed!