Guided tour of the Louvre Museum

Guided_tour_of_the_Louvre_Museum

Be sure to Pin for later.

The Louvre is one of the top 10 sites visited in Paris with over 7 million visitors a year! So, you are probably looking for ways to maximize your time when visiting the museum.

There are several ways to see the museum:

There have been several questions posted on my most popular article about the Louvre asking about the guided tour.

A guided tour of the Louvre Museum is a great way to see the most popular works of art like Mona Lisa, Winged Victory and the famous statue of David. The tour also shows you the history of the museum including the original fortress. On top of that, its a quick history lesson on the evolution of art style and techniques. If you are rushed for time, I recommend it.

Here are a few things you need to know:

  • The guided tour is an additional cost to your admission ticket.
  • The guided tour can only be purchased at the Louvre on the day of your visit.
  • English language tour times are daily except on Tuesdays  (museum is closed) at 11am and 2pm. Group sizes are very limited so I recommend going to the museum when it first opens and then going immediately to the tour office (directions to find the office are listed below). If a guided tour ends up being in the afternoon and you don’t want to spend the entire day at the Louvre, your entrance ticket is good for reentry during the day you are visiting.

How to find the tour office:

  • Once you have entered the museum, go straight to the tour office.
  • Look for “Accueil Des Groups et Visites-Conferences” on the wall and turn left.

Louvre_guided_tour_office

 

  • Then, straight ahead you will see this sign and follow the arrow turning right.

Louvre_tour_guide_office_direction

 

  • Just a few steps on your right, look for the door with this sign and go inside.

Louvre_tour_guide_office_sign

 

The people there are very helpful and speak English but remember to greet with a “Bonjour Monsieur/Madame” first…trust me! If “Bonjour Monsieur/Madame” is all you have the courage to say in French, do it! The effort will make a world of difference in your visit to Paris. They will likely respond in English, they can spot us Americans a mile away. LOL! Simply let them know you want to purchase a guided tour ticket. They will let you know availability.

 

I hope you have a wonderful visit to the Louvre!

 

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly

Be sure to Pin for later.

Where to eat in Paris when sightseeing

Paris-restaurants-near-tourist-sites

Paris is known for being a culinary mecca but finding a place to eat lunch at a budget price can be tricky and frustrating. Below are some suggestions of Paris restaurants near major tourist sites.

Near Notre Dame: About a 7-10 minute walk away, Café Med is located on the Ile Saint Louis behind Notre Dame. Food is good and very affordable and the atmosphere is comfortable. Traditional bistro type food like savory crepes and soups. They also offer a “formule” which are preset courses to choose from usually ranging from a entrée (appetizer) and main course, main course and dessert or all three for a set price.  Staff is friendly and for the most part understood my broken French. The place is very small and being popular, may mean you have to wait to get in. If you don’t have time to wait, across the street is a second good option of Lys D’argent. Same type of food and pricing. At Lys D’argent, they may try to up-sell you on ordering wine, dessert, coffee, etc but a polite (and sometimes persistent) “non” seems to take care of the issue.

Café Med: 77 Rue Ile de St. Louis | Ile de St Louis
Lys D’argent: 90 Rue St Louis en l’ile | 75004

Near the Eiffel Tower: About a 15-18 minute walk, Ducale Café is definitely worth the effort. Delicious food at a good price also offering formule options. I would describe this place as slightly more elevated both in terms of food and price but still a comfortable atmosphere. The formule options were more than crepes and soups.  The staff is cordial and also managed to understand my limited French.

Ducale Café : 110 rue Lauriston | 75116

Near the Louvre: About a 7-10 minute walk (if that), Café Blanc is a fun place to eat. By French standards, the service is quick but you don’t feel rushed. Food is simple but very good and reasonably priced. Many around us were ordering hamburger and fries so this might be a good option if traveling with kids. Surprisingly noisy compared to most restaurants. The staff was very friendly and spoke English. Despite using French when we entered, they still handed us an English menu. Ha!

Café Blanc: 10, rue Croix des Petits Champs | 75001

Marais: Located minutes from Hotel de Ville and about 12 minutes from Notre Dame, this Italian restaurant is fabulous food at a fairly decent price. I have eaten here for dinner and it is so good! Staff was very friendly. I’m sure lunch here would be great too.

Don Giovanni: 19 rue Francois Miron | 75004

If you are looking for more options, one of the best resources is TripAdvisor. Another great resource is Paris By Mouth.

If you don’t have time to research before you leave, take advantage of wi-fi in your hotel or apartment and search a bit the night before – will save you time, money and frustration later.

 

Bon appetite and bises (kisses),

Kimberly

 

This post is part of the weekly #MondayEscapes hosted by My Travel Monkey and Packing My Suitcase.

Packing my Suitcase

This post is also part of the monthly #AllAboutFrance hosted by Phoebe of Lou Messugo.

Lou Messugo

What you REALLY need to know about the 4 main Louvre entrances

Louvre Museum main entrance

Louvre Museum

When you visit the Louvre, you find there are four main Louvre entrances but they are not all equal. One thing that is the same is that all the entrances require you to go through security. After security, if you have your ticket you can proceed to the various wings. If you don’t have your ticket, you’ll need to get in line again to buy your ticket either at the self-serve ticket kiosk or at the ticket window. One thing to remember is this is Paris and things can change without notice and then change back again. That said, let me breakdown the four Louvre entrances. Continue reading