Le Jardin du Petit Palais Cafe in Paris

This is a museum cafe in Paris located at the fabulous Petit Palais, which is situated by the famous Champs Elysees Avenue and is home to the Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris or in English, the Fine Arts Museum of the City of Paris.

About Le Jardin du Petit Palais Cafe

Only created when the Petit Palais was renovated and restored from the start of 2000 up until 2005, the Jardin du Petit Palais Cafe is located in an oasis of greenery in the heart of the Petit Palais Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris.
Jardin du Petit Palais Cafe in Paris
The Jardin du Petit Palais Cafe, generally translates to the Garden Cafe of the Petit Palais, and although it is a spacious dining area with a warm and contemporary decor at the heart of the museum, as the name suggests, it also opens up onto an enclosed garden of the Jardins des Champs Elysees.

As we mentioned within the history of the Petit Palais and the building itself, it is here that you can discover the ponds with the ornate blue and gold mosaics, which were originally produced by the Italian Giandomenico Facchina, along with the colonnades or peristyle with the fabulous murals and completed with exotic plants that tend to sway gently in the breeze.

Obviously the terrace itself is open during the warmer months, but the Jardin du Petit Palais is an ideal place to stop and relax with a drink, snack or spot of lunch.

The Cuisine at Le Jardin du Petit Palais Cafe

This cafe in Paris offers a range of different beverages and wines along with gourmet snacks and different options for a lunch with a difference at a unique setting within the heart of Paris by the Champs Elysees Gardens.
It is a simple, yet temping menu of French food for a quick break or lunch, and you can opt for one of their formulas such a quiche followed by chocolate mousse, a sandwich followed by fruit salad or pasta of the day followed by a selected soft white cheese, and these range in cost from approximately €10 upwards as of 2018.

Sandwiches such as the club sandwich with chicken and mixed salad or salads such as with salmon and fennel are available, along with pasta, quiche or soup of the day, the daily special and others.

However, there are also some exceedingly tempting desserts that pastries you could enjoy without anything else, or to follow and it could cheese cake, brownie, rice pudding, an apple and exotic fruit crumble, fruit salad, etc and these are an average cost of €6 as of 2018.

We did mentioned drinks earlier and Le Jardin du Petit Palais Cafe has a good range of hot and cold beverages such as different teas and coffees, fresh juices, smoothies, etc, but there are also wines, beer, water and even tap water for free, which are available to accompany your gourmet snack.
Outside tables at Jardin du Petit Palais Cafe
Jardin du Petit Palais Cafe garden

Visiting Le Jardin du Petit Palais Cafe in Paris

The Garden Cafe of the Petit Palais museum in Paris is open on a Tuesday through to a Sunday from 10am to 5pm, although it opens later on a Friday when there are temporary exhibitions until 7pm.  However, it is always closed on a Monday and on all national French holidays.

You may also be pleased to know that no reservations are necessary and it is also accessible to the disabled, however, it does get very busy and you often have to queue to be seated.

Plus we would like to point out, that some people think this is a basic cafeteria, yet it is actually a museum cafe with waiter service and although it can be accessed from the museums itself, sometimes you can also access the Jardin du Petit Palais Cafe from its terrace.

Access to Le Jardin du Petit Palais

Access to this cafe style restaurant in Paris is via the Petit Palais, and getting here is easy via public transport in Paris, which can be reached via the Metro station called the Champs-Elysees - Clemenceau stop via line 1 and 13, or alternatively a little further away and you have the Franklin D Roosevelt stop serving lines 1 and 9.
Jardin du Petit Palais Cafe cuisine
To the east you have the Concorde stop serving lines 1, 8 and 12, which is located by the Place de la Concorde and the Jardin des Tuileries or in the opposite direction to the west of the Petit Palais you have the Place Charles de Gaulle with the incredible monument in Paris called the Arc de Triomphe, and it is here at the Charles de Gaulle - Etoile stop you could utilise the Metro lines 1 and 2.

Whereas the nearest RER train station is either the Place Charles de Gaulle - Etoile serving line A or on the opposite bank of the River Seine negotiated via the Pont Alexandre III bridge, you have the Invalides stop serving the RER C line, which is located right by another popular tourist attraction in Paris called Les Invalides.

Alternatively, if you are travelling via bus, then you would need the bus lines 28, 32, 42, 52, 72, 73, 80, 83 and 93 or the Noctilien Night Bus Service via lines N01, N02, N11 and N24, which will all get you within walking distance of this and several other monuments and landmarks.