Paris: Art, Books + Quiche = Happiness
By Theadora Brack
Let’s face it. It rains a great deal in Paris. So what to do? Where to go? Fret not because I have a plan for you.
Today, let’s huddle at the Musée Halle Saint Pierre. Rain or shine, it’s one of my favorite museums in the world. Interested? Grab your hat and parapluie, too. Because, baby, it is cold outside!
Halle Saint Pierre
Located smack dab in the heart of Montmartre, Halle Saint Pierre is very similar in spirit to Switzerland’s Collection de l’Art Brut, Chicago’s Intuit Center, and Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum.
This international jewel features both contemporary and historic works by self-taught, visionary and outsider artists.
Housed in a former 19th-century food market, Halle Saint Pierre is a busy cultural hub, boasting one of the best art bookshops in Paris, along with a cozy café with a striking view of Sacré Coeur.
It’s the perfect place to take a break after seeing one of the museum’s thought-provoking exhibitions. Art also lines the walls in the café! So sample the house red and the homemade quiche, and gaze up to your heart’s desire! No one’s gonna kick you out. It’s Paris, after all.
Check it out
Also, stop by the funky bookshop! Here you’ll find art, posters and note cards, along with books and magazines. Looking for specific title? Ask buyer and manager Laurence Maidenbaum. Helpful and friendly, she’s worked at the museum for decades. She knows!
Grab a pencil!
Musée Halle Saint Pierre
2 rue Ronsard, 18th arrondissement
Métro: Abbesses, Anvers
Open: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 6 PM