I know, I know, I’m Cultural Wednesday and museums are there for the culture. This week the CW family has taken advantage of an inset day and hightailed off to Paris. We headed straight for the Musee d’Orsay and very fine it is too, but we were also struck by the beauty of the eating spaces.  So lovely, are the Musee d’Orsay restaurants that they deserve their own post.

 The restaurant uses the dining room of a railway hotel from back when it was a train station.  Not only is the room beautiful, the use of modern colourful chairs makes the whole space rather jolly.

Further on is the Cafe Campana, so named because a pair of Brazilian brothers by the name of Campana designed the space.  The huge clock face is actually part of the original building facade but the brothers have come up with enormous gold lampshades to create an art noveau feel to the whole space.  Those of us not eating were held at bay by a screen made of orange wire.

Restaurants Musee d'Orsay Down on the ground floor is the more workmanlike Cafe de l’ours named after the enormous polar bear statue that stands next to the cafe.  Still chic but not as fancy!   The first two places offer a more expensive and time consuming option than our grab and go approach to lunch on days out, so it was a ham and cheese baguette next to the polar bear for us.


Maybe next time Mr CW might treat me to lunch (or even dinner on a Thursday night) in the restaurant, after all, the room is a national monument and that makes it cultural!  We did see more than just cafes, take a look at our Musee d’Orsay photo tour.


Restaurant: Tuesday – Sunday 11.45am – 5.30pm (Thursday 11.45am – 2.45pm and 7pm – 9.30pm)
Cafe Campana:  Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm (Thursday 11am – 9pm)
Cafe de l’ours: Tuesday – Sunday  9.30am – 4.45pm (Thurdsay 9.45am – 7.45pm)

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  1. November 27, 2016 / 10:54 am

    Looks like a really interesting place, lots to keep you occupied whilst you easy your ham and cheese! #MySundayPhoto

  2. November 27, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Hi Catherine, the restaurant at the Musee d’Orsay does look proper posh. The chairs add an interesting touch. We would also opt for a baguette beside the polar bear, but it is always nice to get a glimpse into posh lunchtime dining.


  3. November 27, 2016 / 11:24 am

    I’ve not been there in forever. Love your take on the restaurants and the things that catch your eye.

  4. November 27, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    One of my favorite museums. We only went to the cafe though. The restaurant looks amazing. Glad you made the most of your inset day 🙂

  5. November 27, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    This looks like a really interesting place to eat. I love the sculptures – it certainly gives people a talking point.

  6. November 29, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    I want to go there just for the chairs I think and to take a photo with that polar bear 🙂

    • November 29, 2016 / 4:24 pm

      Culture of the highest order!

  7. aandj8804
    November 29, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    I’d love to visit Musee d’Orsay. Next visit to Paris, maybe? … The decor in that first restaurant is gorgeous! #citytripping

  8. November 29, 2016 / 11:53 pm

    What a wonderful place for lunch. I wouldn’t mind eating a baguette alongside those incredible sculptures! Glad you had a great time in Paris Thanks for linking #citytripping

  9. bavariansojourn
    November 30, 2016 / 11:15 am

    They both look really interesting, but I love the chairs in the first one. As for a ham and cheese baguette – France is probably the only place in the world where I would be excited about that option! 😀

  10. November 30, 2016 / 11:57 am

    I haven’t been to the Musee in years – this restaurant looks like a fine place to eat. #citytripping

  11. November 30, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    I rather love the polar bear. Looking forward to more of your Paris adventures. #citytripping

  12. February 2, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    I just love looking out of the views of Paris from the giant clocks but I need to go to that restaurant. How did I miss that? I saw the cafe but now I am plotting to go back to Paris! #farawayfiles

    • February 2, 2017 / 11:33 pm

      Always good to have an excuse 😉

  13. Clare Thomson
    February 4, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Oh I just love the idea of nipping over to Paris when your kids have an inset day. How decadent and delightful! I love the Musée d’Orsay but haven’t eaten there. That top restaurant looks really splendid and I haven’t seen that before. Thanks for sharing with us on #FarawayFiles

    • February 4, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      One of the benefits if identical twins is that go to the same school and have the same holidays!

  14. February 7, 2017 / 9:45 am

    The restaurant is gorgeous – I love those chairs! Heading to Paris next week, maybe we’ll save our pennies for a splurge at the Museum! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles – cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  15. February 4, 2018 / 10:43 am

    What an original take on the musée d’Orsay. I LOVE those chairs. I’ve never eaten there but would love to try out the first restaurant in particular. We are also grab and go baguette eaters on days out! Thanks for linking to #AllAboutFrance

    • February 4, 2018 / 11:02 am

      Still trying to plot an escape with Mr CW to eat in the first one!

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