A railway station turned museum, the Musee d’Orsay is home to a plethora of priceless works from the likes of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh. When you’ve had your fill of impressionist art, make your way to the fifth floor for a different kind of masterpiece. The Cafe Campana is a blend of the old and new, with a modernist interior that pays tribute to art nouveau and a glass clock through which diners can peer out and catch a glimpse of the Seine.
The cafe is a bit pricey, but the service is good and the food is not your typically drab museum meal. I suggest skipping the main, more time-consuming fare and going straight for the coffees, teas and pastries — they serve eclairs roughly the size of your head! I ordered a “cafe glace,” which is two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream with wafers, and a side of deep dark espresso to pour over the chef-d'oeuvre.