Cafe Mollien at the Louvre Museum
Just like many museums and monuments in Paris, the famous Louvre museum has several cafes and restaurants to choose from if you want to take a break and rest those weary legs and inside the museum itself you could experience the Cafe Richelieu Angelina or the Cafe Mollien, plus there is the Cafe Grande Louvre which is under the pyramid itself.
About the Cafe Mollien in Paris
The Cafe Mollien is located on the first floor in the Denon wing of the Musee du Louvre on a landing and takes its name from the monumental Mollien staircase where this cafe in Paris is situated. It is also close to La Joconde, which most people know as the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci, that is protected behind bullet proof glass in a climate controlled space.
But getting back to the Cafe Mollien, in the heart of the Pavillon Mollien that was built by the architect Hector Lefuel, here you will find rich decor and paintings, bas reliefs, sculpted atlantes, which are sculpted columns of men and caryatids, which are ornamental sculpted columns in the form of draped female figures.
It is also situated underneath the painted ceiling of Charles-Louis Muller, which is called the Glory distributing palms and crowns.
This cafe also has a terrace that looks out over the Tuileries Garden and in particular, the Carrousel Garden, which is where the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is located and it also overlooks the Cour Napoleon, and all of these different features combined make it a perfect place to stop for a quick snack, drink or lunch.
The cuisine at the Cafe Mollien
This cafe is more designed for quick snacks and basic meals just like the Comptoir du Louvre, compared to some of the other cafes at the Louvre museum and here you could just enjoy a ham and cheese baguette, a tuna and egg salad sandwich or a chicken club sandwich, which are approximately €6 as of 2012.
Packets of crisps, croissants and pain au chocolat are also available, along with fruit salad, chocolate cake, apple pie, etc, plus there is a wide selection of hot drinks such as herbal teas and coffee or cold drinks like fruit juices, water and Coca Cola. However, the Cafe Mollien also serves beer and wines by the glass.
But you could also opt for something a little more such as a cheese and bacon quiche served with green salad or a chicken and parmesan cheese pasta, but for those of you who are vegetarian, do not despair. Vegetable soup or a vegetarian salad with pasta, goats cheese and artichoke is also available.
There are also two combinations available, one called the Formule Mollien and the other, which is called the Formule Joconde which gives you a choice of either a sandwich or quiche plus a drink of either water, beer or a fizzy drink along with either a yoghurt, cottage cheese or fruit salad. And as of 2012, the Formule Joconde costing around €14.50.
Access to the Cafe Mollien
Because this cafe in Paris is located within the Louvre museum, it can only be accessed while you are visiting and therefore it is also closed on Tuesday, which is when this incredible museum in Paris is also closed.
However, on a Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, it is open from 10.30am through to 5pm and on a Wednesday and Friday, the Cafe Mollien is open from 10.30am through to 7pm.
Paris cafes and restaurants in The Louvre or nearby
- Cafe Grand Louvre
- Cafe Mollien in The Louvre
- Cafe Richelieu Angelina in The Louvre
- Cafes de la Pyramide in The Louvre
- Comptoir du Louvre
- Cafe Reale Italian Restaurant near to The Louvre
- Cafe Renard near to The Louvre
- Kiosque Paul Takeaway near to The Louvre
Information on The Louvre Museum
- Musee du Louvre Museum in Paris
- History of the Musee du Louvre Museum in Paris
- History of The Louvre from Fortress to Palace
- Access to the Musee du Louvre in Paris
Related photo images
- Photos of the Louvre Museum
- Photos of army aircraft flying over the Louvre
- Photos of the Jardin des Tuileries Gardens
- Photos of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
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