Paris Travel Planner   Lunch in the Tuileries Gardens, Paris
The Tuileries Gardens in Paris offer a half dozen open-air restaurants, giving you options from a quick snack to a full course meal.




After spending the morning at the Orangerie, visiting the fabulous Monet Water Lilies and the wonderful Orangerie-Guillaume collection, we were ready for lunch.

It was another beautiful day in Paris, and the idea of having lunch in the Jardins des Tuileries was very appealing. As we wandered down the central alley, with its trees, pools, and statues, we passed a number of snack food booths, selling ice cream, sandwiches, etc. But we wanted to sit down, so we continued our stroll.

The central alley has about a half dozen restaurants, all with tables under the trees and/or umbrellas. While all seem to offer a range of foods, from snacks to full meals, some seemed more casual than others.

We chose La Terrasse de Pomone, which describes itself as a crêperie-glacerie-traiteur. I had an Assiette Parisienne, a mixed salad plate with ham, camembert cheese, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, and vegetable salad, with a couple of cornichons (small tart pickles). It was quite large and fine, though based on the waiter's description I had expected the ham to be more interesting than boiled ham (French country ham is delicious!).

Tom had his old standby, a ham and cheese sandwich. But of course it was made on a fresh baguette—good French bread—with fresh lettuce and tomato.

We enjoyed with our meal, recognizing that we didn't go there for the food as much as for the ambience and the experience of having lunch in the Tuileries Gardens.

Of course, you also pay for location, so our simple lunch, including 50cl of white wine (a little more than a glass each) and two coffees, came to about 35.

After our lunch break, it was just a short walk through the Tuileries to my next stop, the magnificent Louvre.

Métro: Concord, Tuileries, or Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre

La Terrasse de Pomone
Jardin Tuileries
75001 Paris
+33 1 42 61 22 14

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Assiette Parisienne, Tuileries, Paris

Assiette Parisienne, lunch in
the Tuileries Gardens, Paris.

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