After leaving the Musée d’Orsay I was utterly exhausted. I really really don’t suggest trying to cram multiple museums into one day. I also don’t suggest doing anything more than the Louvre on a day you want to go to the Louvre. I was also hungry. I had planned to keep up my streak of eating in museums for convenience sake but found that all of them inside the Musée d’Orsay had closed due to them closing early due to the strikes.
So I wandered my way on and stopped to look at Les Deux Musées, which was right next door the Musée d’Orsay. I had read if you want non-tourist food you have to walk several blocks away from any tourist destination, however I was too tired to do that and it seemed packed. Even though it was January people were still sitting outside enjoying a cup of coffee. I felt like that had to be Parisian enough to make it worth it.
Based on the reviews I’ve seen, it’s sort of a hit or miss with the staff. I found one staff member on the cusp of being rude but I didn’t interact with him too much since I didn’t need much. I also would like to chock this up to the place being absolutely slammed. I think due to its location it gets a lot of tourists. However there was one waiter who every time he came by was super friendly. You’re going to get one or the other for sure here. Also due to it’s location and being what I assume a tourist cafe in the idea of location it has hiked up the prices a lot.
I ordered a french onion soup, soupe à l’oignon, which is probably one of my favorite things to get back home at Panera and I figured if I could find it, I’d have to try it in Paris. It was quite good, though a smidge burnt around the edges.
I also got a hot chocolate, chocolat chaud. It was okay. I think this place is good if you’re starving and near the museums. But keep the fact the prices are more expensive and the staff may be a hit or miss in mind.