Is it silly to anticipate having brunch at a museum more than seeing art at a museum? Well, not when it’s in the most beautiful tearoom in Paris! Today will be easy-going, starting with a walk in Parc Monceau, brunch at Musée Jacquemart-André, a tour of the Carravagio exhibition, treasure hunting at Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, ending with a walk along Seine bank to Palais de Tokyo. So throw on a beret, bring some cash, and tag along!
11:00am: Brunch at Musée Jacquemart-André
Brunch here is seriously a treat. On nice weather, you’ll have the option of seating indoors and be surround by Belgian tapestries and Tiepolo frescos, or seating on the patio and face a view of a luxurious garden. What a lovely retreat from the crowds at the major museums. This gem place is not just for show, the food no doubt matches up with the expectation of a royalty. I’d be a criminal not to recommend the Van Dyke salad, which was the most wonderful combination of french beans, foie gras, fig chutney, with grilled apple and pear. The Egg en colette with smoked salmon and dill potato salad was also quite pleasant. By the way, the brunch menu is only available for the weekend so plan your visit accordingly! Also, reserve your museum ticket online to avoid line-ups and disappoint.
12:30pm: Carravagio at Musée Jacquemart-André
Let me disclaim first that the Carravagio exhibition is a temporary exhibition and I had the luck and pleasure to enjoy it. But it seems that this museum has a history of consistently running wonderful intimate exhibitions so you really can’t go wrong to visit anytime. This mansion was the home of a wealthy couple Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart, who loved traveling around the world and collecting arts. The interior itself is lavishly yet tastefully decorated with marbles and luscious tapestries and simply exudes an air of class. Caravaggio’s featured work: boy bitten by lizard was an absolute delight, telling a story of the boy’s experiment with curiosity, ecstasy and pain, with his infamous use of chiaroscuro in full glory.
2:00pm: Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen
Seeing that you’ve by now spent the big bucks in St. Germain and Champs-Élysées, it’s time for some vintage treasure hunting in the largest flea market in the world! Few words of caution: if you got here by the metro, don’t get distracted or stopped by the scam-y vendors along the bridge after you come out of the station. Follow the crowd and walk a good 5-10 minutes until you get inside the real market! Don’t bother carrying a big dslr camera, many shops don’t allow photos. Bring cash. And prepare to bargain! The market is divided into many parts, and the marché Vernaison, at 99 rue des rosiers, is definitely the best and will save you a lot of time just focusing here.
Chill-o-clock: Seine river bank
Starting from Trocadero, walk along the seine river towards Palais de Tokyo. There’s a secluded back alley at the bottom of the museum with the most wonderful staircases. What’s even better is the view from once you get to the top of the stairs. You’ll find no tourists here photo-bombing your selfies with the Eiffel. Palais de Tokyo itself is worth a visit if you’re a fan of contemporary art, and has a lovely backyard overlooking the seine river and Eiffel tower.
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