Loulou, the new restaurant at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, boasts a unique and privileged location at the heart of the Palais du Louvre. In the busy environs of the Rue de Rivoli, where museums and grand hotels rub shoulders with luxury and designer boutiques, the restaurant finds itself at the very heart of Parisian life. Amidst Olympian calm, anyone may submit to sweet daydreams, admiring the gardens encircled by the most beautiful of monuments: the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre, its gardens and its Pyramid.. More than a restaurant, LOULOU is a place where life breathes full and effervescent. With all-day service throughout the week, LOULOU grants its friends the happiness of an enchanted, urban parenthesis to « snack », « lunch », « take high tea », « dine », « sip » or even « dance ».
In perfect harmony with the context, Benoit Dargère has elaborated a sun kissed menu of generous and familial cuisine that’s simple and expressive. In time with the seasons, Loulou will unveil dishes from the French and Italian Riviera in addition to a handful of staple classics. Having combed through the various regions, the duo have choses quality local products from southern France, Italy and Sicily.
Loulou’s décor is the handiwork of Joseph Dirand, with singular vision that marries a culture of beauty and aesthetics to a sense of authenticity and hospitality. The low ceilinged ground floor encouraged the architect to divide the space into several rooms for added intimacy. The first floor, piano nobile, is divided into two parts, with a panoramic oil painting depicting a trompe-l’oeil Flanders landscape covering the walls. The perspectival spatial composition structures the room. Two distinct yet complementary spaces that respond to the rhythms of day and night, where light is very much present, if discreetly so, for an overall atmosphere of wellbeing.