No, I’m not going to talk about the musée du Louvre, or at least not yet. For the moment, I prefer to write about what is happening below the reception room of the museum. Actually, the Louvre is such renowned and famous in the world that it is unnecessary to talk about it to get there while you are visiting the capital.
But do you know what is happening down there? Welcome to the Carousel du Louvre.
The Carrousel du Louvre is both a huge mall, an area of very various restaurants area, a dedicated place for exhibitions, a historical space, but also a magical place for its architecture. Quite honestly, it’s hard to find a cleaner and high-end space for a shopping mall!!
The arcade which looks like to major American Mall shops promotes French culture shops (Le Tanneur, Mariages Frères) and the entertainment (Apple Store, Virgin, Natures & Découvertes). When you enter inside, it’s almost as if we were entering in a tomb in Egypt, probably because of the sand-coloured marble, stone walls … And my great imagination!! But also and especially for the inverted glass pyramid (wink to all fans of the Da Vinci Code).
I’m not a musician but I have to admit I had a crush for the piano available to passers-by on the first level. Everyone can come and play and personally I always heard good musicians, but I must admit that it should not be enjoyable for shopkeepers!
Finally, you can just come and stroll the day, discover the ephemeral exhibitions or simply raise the head and remain amazed face to this beautiful inverted pyramid.
Definitely, the Carrousel du Louvre combines culture, shopping and gastronomy, a winning series!!!
- For the catering, go there before the rush period
- Enjoy direct access to the musée du Louvre
- A shopping arcade opened 7/7d
- Do not go to the toilet there…
How to get there?
99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
M1, 7, Palais Royal station – Musée du Louvre – Carrousel du Louvre exit
The Carrousel du Louvre is directly accessible from the musée du Louvre or via the jardin des Tuileries.
From Monday to Sunday from 10.00am to 8.00pm
Gallery: open from 8.30am to 11.00pm
Restaurants: from 8.30am to 8.00pm
Shops: from 10.00am to 8.00pm
How much does it cost?
Prices are relatively high