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Café Jacquemart-André: A Parisian Tea Room as an Ode To Belle Époque



Though Paris is one of the most beautiful and vivid cities in the world, there’s something extraordinary about decadence Café, with art pieces from Venice, Brussels, and French towns. It comes as no surprise since this place is a part of Café Jacquemart-Andre Museum, and what is now a coffee shop used to be a tea room.

It’s a perfect blend of history and wall art, and with some of the best pastry chefs in the city of lights.

It’s an explosion of maximalism. Nearby the Champs-Élyées, you get to a house, which used to belong to a wealthy financier Edouard Andre and his wife, Nelie Jacquemart. The couple had a passion for collecting art pieces, primarily paintings, and the romantic, beautifully decorated home is now a museum. Every detail represents luxury, glamour, and that feeling that you’ve travelled through time.

The actual café was the couple’s dining room. It’s a place for dreamers and a true testament to Belle Époque. The mansion’s ceilings are a work of Italian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, a legendary painter from Venice. Extravagant creations and spaciousness, paintings and even gold furniture, are giving the place a charm, which was part of France’s monarchy.

The Rise of Museum Cafés and Restaurants
Nothing completes a perfect afternoon like a hot cup of your favorite beverage, while your eyes are fixated on carefully chosen art pieces. While we got comfortable with minimalism in the past decade, the 2020s are bringing back the old, over the top elegance and glamour. Jacquemart-André Museum is a perfectly crafted experience, easy to reach from some of the famous landmarks in Paris.

The whole concept is making us slow down, enjoy the views, sounds, the ambient while feeding our senses. And when you add a little history to the mix, it can make quite an impression. Café Jacquemart-André manages to recreate the romance and daydreaming feeling while allowing you to keep all your senses busy. The mansion’s terrace is an ideal spot for enjoying the views of the Champs-Elysées and carefully placed greenery.

Parisian Brunch with French Revolution
The first thing you'll notice is the walls. They are decorated with tapestries that tell the story of Achilles, the legendary Greek hero of the Battle of Troy. These are outstanding pieces created in the XVIII century at the Brussels workshop of Van der Borght. The mixture of artists from various parts of Europe is what gives this old mansion a sense of unity and a unique blend of styles inside Belle Époque.

The atmosphere in the main room is noisy and tumultuous. Some guests will also take pleasure in the decoration of the room. The menu is simple and perfect for brunch. Order light salads with evocative names, Watteau for the quinoa and soybean salad, Bellini for the penne pasta and crayfish salad, or Chardin for the warm goat’s cheese mixed salad.

The cafe/restaurant offers two main courses, beef carpaccio and the dish of the day. A dessert trolley offers pastries and ice-cream. The kitchen closes at 3 pm, but the café remains open for afternoon tea. It’s like your window into the past, a simpler, classier time.

And delicious pastries are made by the best pastry chefs in Paris: the Pâtisserie Stohrer and Michel Fenet’s Petite Marquise.

Women Who Brunch with Stunning Art Pieces
The flashy, extraordinary, and exaggerated spot in French capital, Café Jacquemart-Andre, is an idyllic getaway. The dramatic paintings, overcrowded ceilings, and the whole atmosphere are weirdly pleasurable.

Though it's a lovely place to visit on your own, it's also very Parisian to bring your friends and enjoy your free time, while finding solitude in a nosily and charming dining room. If you have an artistic flair and you need a touch of over the top glamour, this is a place you’ll fall in love with. And if you’re not big on eating out, you can always enjoy the villa’s museum. It’s an escape from a real, well know, established habits and a way to make your day brighter and so much more vibrant!










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