Musée du Louvre
The world renowned Louvre is a museum like no other. A beacon of French culture and a source of great national pride, it is the soul and spirit of Paris and occupies a fitting position on the banks of the Seine.
The Louvre is of course home to what is arguably the world’s most famous painting, Da Vinci’s incomparable and mysterious Mona Lisa. But the building extends far beyond this painting, and is actually the biggest museum in the world, as well as being the most visited. In 2011 alone it welcomed 8.8 million people through its doors – more than two million more than its nearest rival, the Met in New York.
Housing around 35,000 works, there is almost too much to see in a lifetime, let alone a single day. The key is to plan your visit – the Louvre is always busy and is extremely easy to get lost in, so we suggest one of the trusted and excellent museum tours, or the many downloadable apps and maps.
Those looking for a chic and upscale experience will love Le Café Marly located under the arcades in the Richelieu wing. Open from early morning until 2am, the menu includes roasted shrimp, rack of lamb, and sea bass fillet a la plancha set in a Napoleon III style lounge with a terrace looking directly onto The IM Pei pyramid.
The Louvre offers a huge selection of edible artifacts to its culture hungry visitors. The food court, located in the Carrousel, has everything from Moroccan cuisine to McDonald’s. Under the pyramid you can take high tea at the world famous Mariage Freres or snack on perhaps the best macaroons in the world at Ladurée. There is even a Starbucks located on level 0, in the Allée du Rivoli.
Bookshops offering a wide range of guides, books and art books, together with art objects, replicas and merchandise related to temporary and permanent exhibitions are located at various places throughout the museum. The enormous shopping haven, Carrousel du Louvre, offers just about anything your heart may desire, from beauty products at L’Occitane, to Swarovski Crystal, and iPods at the Apple Store.
Musee du Louvre
+33 (0) 1 40 20 53 17
Monday 09.00 – 18.00
Wednesday 09.00 – 21.45
Thursday 09.00 – 18.00
Friday 09.00 – 21.45
Saturday – Sunday 09.00 – 18.00
Metro: Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre (M1, M7)