Your Paris Perfect Sunday – Part One


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Jacquemart Andre Museum in Paris

Spend a lovely Sunday at the Jacquemart André Museum in Paris

Sundays can be a sleepy day in Paris, as most shops, department stores and restaurants are closed. Major museums are open, but can get very crowded. To help you plan your holiday time, we’ve put together some ideas to make a Paris Perfect Sunday during your visit.

One of the best Sunday brunches in Paris is in the glorious tea room of the Jacquemart-André Museum.  We’ve written about the Jacquemart-André before. It is the former private mansion of art collectors Edouard André and Nélie Jacquemart, and contains an extraordinary array of French, Dutch and Italian masterpieces including paintings, sculptures, tapestries and frescos.

Jacquemart Andre Museum Paris Marble Staircase

One of the most beautiful small museums in Paris!

Their café and tea room has been called the most beautiful salon in Paris and we have to agree. It’s not every day you can enjoy a delicious brunch surrounded by Belgian tapestries and Tiepolo frescos!

Sunday brunch at the Jacquemart Andre Museum in Paris

Sunday brunch in the elegant tearoom at the Jacquemart André Museum

The Sunday brunch is offered from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, but we strongly suggest you arrive early, as the lines can be quite long, and reservations are NOT accepted. Plan to arrive around 10:45, purchase your museum tickets first, then head out the doors to your right, and around the grand carriage way to the dining room entrance.  You should be near the front of the line when the seating begins at 11:00.  And if the weather is warm, you can choose to be seated on the outdoor terrace, or in the sumptuous tea room.

While this is advertised as a “brunch,” it is a sit-down affair, and not a buffet as some may think of a typical Sunday brunch.  Ordering from the menu, you can choose the set brunch on offer or several plats du jour or from an a la cart selection of other egg dishes, salads, pastries, etc.

On the Sunday we visited, the brunch menu consisted of egg in cocotte with cream and fine herbs, smoked salmon with mixed salad and potato salad, fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee, tea, or chocolate, bread, jam, and a choice of dessert, for a very reasonable 28.50Euro.

Brunch specials at the Jacquemart Andre Museum

Brunch specials at the Jacquemart André Museum

The a la cart and plat du jour selections are equally yummy…

Jacquemart Andre Museum Menu

Lots of delicious choices from Sunday brunch

Our party selected the brunch menu, the plat du jour Vigee Le Brun (poached egg, ham with French lentils), and the Van Dyke from the ala carte menu (mixed salad with French green beans, foie gras with fig chutney, caramelized pears and apples).

Jacquemart-Andre Museum 8

Van Dyke from the ala carte menu – mixed salad with French green beans, foie gras with fig chutney, caramelized pears and apples

 

Jacquemart-Andre Museum 7

Plat du jour Vigee Le Brun – poached egg, ham with French lentils

Try the café Viennoise or chocolat Viennoise for the decadent cream!

Jacquemart-Andre Museum 6

A luscious and oh so chocolately way to finish brunch in Paris!

Desserts included fresh raspberry tart, and large macaron scented with rose petal cream.

Jacquemart Andre Museum Cafe Desserts

Save room for dessert!

After your delicious brunch, make your way to the museum, and take in the masterpieces as you wander from room to room, including the private bedrooms of Edouard and Nélie.

Jacquemart Andre Museum Interior

The stunning interior of the Jacquemart André Museum in Paris

If you arrived early at 11:00, you will probably be ready to leave the museum between 2:00 – 3:00 pm, depending on how long you want to linger to enjoy the rich art collection.

You could end your day here and be happy, but we have more great ideas for your afternoon!  Stay tuned for part 2 of your Paris Perfect Sunday coming soon!

 

Musee Jacquemart André
Open daily from 10:00 am – 6:00 PM, Admission – 11Euro per person
Separate hours for the cafe.
158, bd Haussmann
75008 Paris
Tél. : 01 45 62 11 59
Fax : 01 45 62 16 36

The Museum is located 400 m from Place de l’Etoile, 5 min from the Champs-Elysées and the department stores.

By Métro: Line 9 and 13 Stations Saint-Augustin, Miromesnil or Saint-Philippe du Roule
By RER: Line A station Charles de Gaulle-Étoile
By Bus: Lines 22, 43, 52, 54, 28, 80, 83, 84, 93
By voiture: Parking Haussmann-Berri, at feet of the museum, open 24h/24
 By Velib’: Station Rue de Berri

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Thank you to Mary Ann Grisham for this post!

Image Credits: Jacquemart-André Museum by Guillaume Baviere, Jacquemart-André Museum marble staircase by Serapie, Jacquemart-André Museum interior by Serapie  

4 Responses to “Your Paris Perfect Sunday – Part One”

  1. The Jacquemart André looks lovely. I visit Paris every year and always like to see new museums. The Sunday Brunch looks tempting as well.

  2. Laura says:

    It’s a stunning museum … hope you’ll enjoy on your next visit to Paris! 🙂

  3. mcleash2@att.net' Nancy Anspach says:

    It was a wonderful brunch and being able to walk thru the museum afterwards helps walk off those calories….and they have a very nice gift shoppe with some unique items….

  4. c.l.alonso@att.net' Chris A. says:

    Thank you for the great tip on Musee Jacquemart Andre. Beautiful. And lunch was worth the wait.

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