Paris Travel Planner   Terra Café, Giverny, France
As part of a visit to Monet's water lilies in Giverny, France, you can also visit the Musée des Impressionnismes de Giverny for both art and lunch.




I had spent the morning wandering in Monet's gardens, enjoying the beautiful flowers and the serene setting of the famous water lilies. Now I was hungry and wandered in Giverny looking for a place to eat.

I was attracted to the Musée des Impressionismes because not only could I have lunch, but I could also see more art. It's just down the road from Monet's home and gardens, on rue Claude Monet.

There are certain dishes in France that are iconic: steak-frites is one, onion soup another. On this day I tried a third: Moules frites, or mussels with French fries/chips.

The formal name on the menu was Moules marinière avec portion de frites. Marinière means that the mussels are steamed in a broth of white wine, shallots, butter, garlic, and parsley. It's a simple preparation and delicious, with plenty of sauce for dipping crusty French bread. The portion de frites was more than generous.

I treated myself to a Kir (white wine and crème de Cassis) and ended my meal in proper French fashion with a café. Total cost: 17.80 €. The dining room was light and airy, even on a gloomy day. On a nicer day, I would have enjoyed eating on the terrace.

Once refreshed I simply walked down the hall and started my visit of the Musée des Impressionismes.

Terra Café
99, rue Claude Monet
27620 Giverny, France
+33 (2) 32 51 94 61

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moules mariniere

Above: Moules marinière at Terra Café, Giverny

Below: the frites to go with them!

Frites (French fries, chips)

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