Cafe Richelieu Angelina in The Louvre
There are numerous different tea rooms, restaurants and cafes that are located either within or close to numerous different tourist attractions in Paris and The Louvre museum is no exception, as you have the Cafe Richelieu Angelina and the Mollien inside, along with the Cafe Grand Louvre and the Comptoir under the famous pyramid, plus the Cafe Reale Italian restaurant in the Tuileries Gardens.
About the Cafe Richelieu Angelina
The original Angelina tea room was founded back in 1903 opposite the Jardin de Tuileries and has become famous for its signature beverage of hot chocolate along with a traditional homemade pastry that also remains a closely guarded secret.
Yet, now you not only have the option of the original Angelina tea room, but there are also other Angelina tea rooms and restaurants that have opened their doors in Paris and these include one at the Palais de Congres, another at Chateau de Versailles plus at the Petit Trianon at the Versailles castle and another in the Jardin d’Acclamation, in addition to the original tea room on the Rue de Rivoli.
Now the Cafe Richelieu Angelina has opened up in the Richelieu wing of the Musee du Louvre on the first floor of this famous museum in Paris, with the same delights on offer and even more besides.
Situated only a few steps away from the Napoleon III Apartments, this cafe in Paris is situated in the former offices of the finance minister and is in a completely unique setting close to painting of Rubens, Vermer and Durer.
In fact, there are also terraces that look out over the courtyard of the Musee du Louvre called the Cour Napoleon, which is where the I M Pei Pyramid is located, where you can also get to see other wings of the famous former fortress turned palace.
Cuisine at the Cafe Richelieu Angelina
As you can expect the menu is made up of mainly snacks and pastries like the signature Mont-Blanc pastry, but there are also breakfasts, brunch, salads, starters and main courses if you want a little more luxury and to rest those weary feet while you are visiting the Louvre museum.
Breakfast is available for a cost of just over €20 as of 2020 with a choice of either tea, coffee or the famous Angelina hot chocolate, freshly squeezed fruit juices, mini pastries, croissant, or chocolate filled pastry, and a bread roll with butter, Angelina jam, honey and chestnut cream. You can also add a fresh fruit salad for an additional charge, however, if you are not that hungry you can opt for toasts with butter, Angelina honey and jam for just over €5.
Club sandwiches such as the Angelina Club Sandwich with chicken supreme, bacon, tomatoes, hard boiled egg, and Grenaille potatoes or the Parisian Club Sandwich with ham, cheese, hard boiled egg, salad, and Grenaille potatoes are available for a cost of €21.50 as of 2020.
Large Salads such as one with Duck Foie Gras, French green beans, tomatoes on the vine, button mushrooms, pecan nuts, heart of lettuce and dressing seasoned with hazelnut oil or Scottish smoked salmon with fresh goats cheese, avocado, tomatoes on the vine, grapefruit, romaine lettuce and a dressing seasoned with lemon and extra virgin olive oil are another option.
Alternatively you could opt for a starter and main course, which could be crab tartare or a chestnut cream soup for instance, followed by Roasted chicken supreme with seasonal vegetables and creamy poultry gravy or Roasted sea bass fillet with oyster mushrooms cannelloni, celery and chervil puree, as an example.
A starter and main course is an approximate cost of €38 as of 2020, yet you can also add side dishes, or a dessert from one of their wide variety of pastries, classics, macaroons, fruit salad or ice creams and sorbets.
Talking of the wide variety of different pastries available from the classics like a chocolate eclair or a lemon custard tartlet, through to the Mont-Blanc Angelina secret recipe with meringue, Chantilly whipped cream, delicate dark chocolate leaves, chocolate and chestnut vermicelli, plus there are macaroons.
There are of course many different types of beverages to choose from like their famous hot chocolate which is available at the Cafe Richelieu Angelina, along with different teas, through to soft drinks, a good selection of wines that are available by the bottle or glass along with champagne, aperitifs and spirits.
Access to the Cafe Richelieu Angelina
Located within the Louvre museum it is on the first floor of the Richelieu wing and can only be accessed whilst you are visiting the Musee du Louvre.
On a Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday this tea room in Paris is open from 10am through to 4:45pm, yet it is closed on a Tuesday, same as The Louvre itself is closed.
However, on a Wednesday and Friday, the Cafe Richelieu Angelina is open from 10am through to 6:30pm, but during the festive season and Easter along with the school holidays in July and August, it does not close until 8:30pm on these two days.
No reservations are required and it is a non-stop service that is available from when they open right through the day.
When it comes to getting to the Musee du Louvre and the Cafe Richelieu Angelina via public transport, you will find that the nearest Metro stations are the Palais Royal - Musee du Louvre stop via lines 1 and 7 or the Louvre - Rivoli stop serving line 1. However, at the end of the Jardin des Tuileries by the Place de la Concorde you have the Concorde stop serving lines 1, 8 and 12.
Whereas, heading the opposite way you have Chatelet and Chatelet - Les Halles providing access to RER train lines as well as additional Metro lines, including RER B line and Metro line 14.
Alternatively, within walking distance of this museum and numerous other tourist attractions in Paris, you have the bus lines 21, 27, 38, 39, 42, 45, 58, 67, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 74, 76, 84, 85, 87, 94 and 95, along with the Noctilien Night Bus Service via lines N01, N11, N12, N13, N14, N15, N16, N21 and N24.
Not forgetting the Batobus, which is the water bus that travels up and down the River Seine as a hop on and hop off sightseeing tour service, as is the Open Tour bus tours that also stop right near The Louvre.