The Musee d’Orsay Cafes

There are actually two different cafes in Paris that are located within the Musee d’Orsay, one called the Cafe de L'Ours that is a self service snack style cafe and the other is called the Cafe Campana, which is a brasserie style cafe serving different types of meals through the day.

However, just like you will find with many museums in Paris, there is also the fantastic Musee d’Orsay restaurant that provides extra finesse and an entirely different experience for something a bit more special.

The Cafe de L'Ours at the Musee d’Orsay Museum

The Cafe de L'Ours is located at the entrance to the permanent collections of the museum, which is at the foot of the large ornate and very impressive clock at the far end of the nave.
Cafe de L'Ours at Musee d’Orsay
Now this particular cafe in Paris is ideal for those of you that just want a quick snack such as a baguette or sandwich, salad or dessert style snack and it is on a self service basis.  However they also provide a good selection of pastries and drinks, such as tea, coffee and soft drinks, so it is ideal for those of you in a hurry, or perhaps you just want to relax and rest your legs for a very short time.

This cafe is open on all the days that the Musee d’Orsay is open from 9:30am through to 4:45pm and on a Thursday it remains open until 7:45pm.

The Cafe Campana at the Musee d’Orsay Museum

The Cafe Campana is the other cafe in Paris that is located within the Musee d’Orsay and can be found after the Impressionist Gallery, which is a place that can inspire the imagination.

The designers were a pair of Brazilian brothers called the Campana Brothers, which is why this cafe come brasserie in Paris has this name.  As you enter, it will make your imagination run free and provide an entirely different aspect and experience than what you would expect, which was inspired by Emile Galle.
In an Art Nouveau style with fishing net pieces and very unusual shaped chairs, you can choose from cold dishes such as salads like a Caesar salad,  Arugula salad with smoked salmon, avocado and fenel or a Parisian salad with Beaufort cheese, mushrooms, egg and tomatoes.

Foie Gras gently cooked with a fig chutney, candied onion and black pepper bread or a charcuteries plate consisting of sausauge, chorizo and Bayonne style ham is another option.

Yet perhaps the marinated salmon, Norwegian smoked salmon, salmon cooked in salt, salmon roe, spinach leaves, wakami, blinis etc all combined in one dish sound more tempting to you.

The hot plates at the Cafe Campana could be delights such as Shrimp stirfry and noodles, vegetables and sesame seeds or a Chicken pie with mushroom, white wine, cream and tarragon.
Cafe de L'Ours cuisine at Musee d’Orsay
Cafe de L'Ours next to glass clock
Yet we would like to point out that these hot dishes may not be served until at least 11:30am and the last order for many of them is around 4.30pm.

There are also numerous different desserts and pastries on offer at the Musee d’Orsay Cafe Campana and everything ranges in price from around €6 up to around €20 for either a cold or hot dish, as of 2018.

The Cafe Campana brasserie in Paris is available to all those that have a ticket for the Musee d’Orsay and is open from 10:30am through to 5pm on the days that the museum is open, so hence it is closed on a Monday.

However, this brasserie style cafe in Paris is also open at different times on a Thursday when it is the late opening for this particular museum in Paris, and therefore on a Thursday it opens at 11am and does not close until 9pm.