Loulou is a restaurant based inside the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (part of the Louvre) with outdoor seating that looks upon the architecture of that building, the Tuileries garden, and the Eiffel Tower just beyond. The Italian menu includes dishes that are surprisingly good (artichoke salad, small pizzas) and others that are merely passable (veal chop à la Milanese). But the food isn’t why you come to Loulou. Come to drink rosé or on one of the loveliest terraces in Paris while nibbling burrata or salad on a warm summer night. You’ll be surrounded by a stylish international set who might have bumped in to each other last winter in Val d’Isere (Loulou has a location there, and two on the French riviera). They’re the sort of people who know how to get into Loulou. I haven’t quite figured it out, myself. I’ve been several times, but always after a local friend walked over and made a reservation in person. They rarely answer their phone and it seems to be impossible to book online. If you want to go, you’ll probably need to pass by in person to make a reservation.
OUR PHOTOS OF LOULOU
IN OTHER WORDS
- Michelin Guide “The Musée des Arts Décoratifs promises you an enchanted interlude opposite the gardens of the Louvre. In the kitchen, Benoît Dargère and Zouhair Bouhlal reinvent Mediterranean classics by means of a careful selection of produce. On the terrace or in the elegant interior, the service is just as impeccable as the dishes (risotto of the day; piccata of milk-fed veal al limone, sage; grilled octopus, aioli). It is cosy, refined and delicious.”