MUSEE DE LA VIE ROMANTIQUE
Address : 16 Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris
Transportation : Metro line 12 Saint-Georges, line 2, 12 Pigalle, line 2 Blanche
Opening Hours : Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00(Cafe : until 17:30)
Price : Free for permanent exhibition, 7 euros for temporary exhibition(free for under 14 years old)
This Romantic museum of Paris is hidden away in Montmarte. Suddenly you discover this cafe out of nowhere. It is easy to pass by without noticing if you have never heard of this place. Right from the entrance, your curiosity is stimulated.
Upon entry, you feel disconnected from the outside world. It brings you sense of peace and calm.
This small house was owned by Ary Scheffer, who was a painter from the Netherlands, who moved to Paris in 1811. This home functioned as his studio as well.
At that time, Ary Scheffer was often meeting with Delacroix, Chopin, and George Sand. This museum keeps their paintings, belongings, and even furniture showing how life was at that time. It is a small museum with only two stories, but displaying various interesting things.
The best thing about this hidden gem is the terrace cafe just next to the museum. It is also well known to be one of the most romantic cafes in the world.
You can find a Rose Bakery here which was recently opened after starting off at the Bon Marche in Paris. The British baker, Rose Cararrini, opened Rose Bakery to intoduce British homemade food and desserts in France where her husband is from.
Not only the outdoor terrace seats, but also this indoor green house is quite romantic. Even on rainy days, you can enjoy the greenery.
Looking out from these green terrace tables looks like a scene from a movie. This is a perfect place to enjoy some cakes and coffee or tea, taking a rest under the afternoon sun.
This secretely hidden museum and quaint cafe are very popular among Parisians. On weekends, it will be better to visit in the morning or around lunch time to get seats. It is the perfect place to visit to enjoy a museum and a romantic cafe at the same time.
Written and photographed by Yuna Lee