Cafes de la Pyramide at The Louvre in Paris
Even though there are specific restaurants at the Louvre museum like the Bistrot Benoit and Cafe Marly along with the Cafe Richelieu Angelina tea room and snack cafes like the Cafe Mollien, you also have even more choice today with places like the Cafes de la Pyramide.
As the name suggests, the Cafes de la Pyramide are various places located underneath the pyramid and on the Richelieu mezzanine, which have a contemporary style that goes well with the contrasts of the Musee du Louvre itself, and there is a wide selection of cuisine, quick snacks and beverages to suite all tastes from different sections
Within the very heart of The Louvre underneath the I M Pei Pyramid you have the opportunity of experiencing fine cuisine on the go where you can enjoy a break with friends or family in a stylish modern, contemporary setting that is also bright and welcoming.
Even if you have allergies there is a delight for virtually everyone on the menu at Goguette, which includes lactose free, vegetarian and gluten free options, with seasonal food freshly prepared on site.
There are hot options such as burgers, pasta roasted salmon steak, etc along with various salads, ranging in price from around €11 upwards as of 2020 although there is also a soup of the day.
Snacks like croissants and other delights, plus sandwiches are also available. Not forgetting very tempting desserts such as Apple shortbread, Chocolate mousse or Cottage cheese and exotic fruit coulis could tempt you as well.
Do bear in mind that the menu changes according to seasons and what produce is available, yet Goguette also has a formula meal deal and one specifically for children aged under 12 years, plus Goguette is also licensed, so there is wine on offer as well as soft drinks and coffee, etc and this particular food and drink option is open from 10:30am to 5:30pm daily except for a Tuesday.
The famous name of Starbucks welcomes visitors from all over the world who would like to enjoy one of their coffees of teas, possibly accompanied by a pastry or club sandwich in a modern yet cosy setting.
Open every day that the Musee du Louvre is open, you can take a break from between the hours of 9am through to 6pm, however, during the high season on a Wednesday and Friday, which is when there is late evening opening at the museum, you will find Starbucks open until 8:30pm.
You will find that there are two different take-away counters located under the Louvre Pyramid by the mezzanine entrances to the Denon wing and the Richelieu wing, which are great for a quick snack as you are discovering more of the museum.
Offering drinks, crisps, sandwiches and various ready to take-away delights such as cakes and pastries, the Denon and Richelieu take-away counters are open daily from 9am to 6pm, except for a Tuesday, which is when the world renowned Louvre museum is closed.
Access to the Cafes de la Pyramide
As the name suggests and we mentioned before, these are located underneath the I M Pei Pyramid at the Louvre museum and are in the Richelieu wing on the Mezzanine level, or lower ground floor near to the Cour Marly inner courtyard.
The Cafes de la Pyramide with Goguette, Starbucks and the Take-away counters can be accessed via the Richelieu escalators and all are accessible when the Musee du Louvre is open to visitors, and there are of course no reservations necessary, although you do often have queue for quite a while at peak times, especially in the height of season when the Louvre is even more busy. The same applies on specific days such as the first Sunday in the month when, for a set time, access to the Musee du Louvre is completely free for everyone.
When it comes to getting to the Louvre via public transport, you will find that the nearest Metro stations are the Palais Royal - Musee du Louvre stop serving lines 1 and 7, the Louvre - Rivoli stop and the Tuileries stop both serving line 1. Yet if walking to The Louvre from the Place de la Concorde through the Jardin des Tuileries, or along the Rue de Rivoli, you would need the Concorde stop serving lines 1, 8 and 12.
However, in the opposite direction you have Chatelet that provides access to additional Metro lines 4, 11 and 14 along with Chatelet - Les Halles, which provides access to the RER trains for RER lines A, B and D and both of these stations are only around 700 metres from The Louvre Museum entrance.
Alternatively, the Paris bus lines 21, 27, 38, 39, 42, 45, 58, 67, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 74, 76, 84, 85, 87, 94, 95 and 96 along with the Noctilien Night Bus Service, via lines N01, N11, N12, N13, N14, N15, N16, N21, N24 and N122, plus the Batobus, which is the River Seine water bus service, will all get you within walking distance of this museum and numerous other tourist attractions situated in this area of Paris.
Yet there are also the sightseeing tours of Open Tour, Big Bus and the River Seine Batobus water bus that offer a hop on and hop off sightseeing bus tour service that stop close to many famous tourist attractions including the Eiffel Tower and of course the Louvre Museum.