This private museum may not attract the crowds of big players such as the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre but the opulent 19th-century palace that houses the permanent collection of the Jacquemart-André family is worth the visit alone. It is in a majestic salon, the walls of which are decorated with flamboyant 18th-century Flemish tapestries with a Tiepolo fresco adorning the ceiling, while the terrace overlooks a landscaped garden. There is a big choice of salads at lunch and brunch is served at the weekend, but the best plan is to enjoy afternoon tea – with a dozen different brews to choose from, accompanied by freshly-baked pastries. Paris’s botanical garden is one of the best places to spend a hot city day. it’s great for the family, with a fun restaurant – but also the possibility to just picnic under a shady tree. That’ll be in between visiting the magnificent art deco greenhouses, the dinosaur skeletons of the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution or the small zoo that dates back to the days of Louis XIV. The casual restaurant, La Baleine, specialises in brasserie-style dishes: steak tartare and pommes frites, grilled crottin de Chavignol (goats cheese on a spinach salad), and a classic creme brulee.
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