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Tea at the Mosquée de Paris

June 23, 2016
The terrace cafe at the Mosquee de Paris

I had seen the impressive white building with green tiled roofs from the outside, but never guessed I would ever go inside, mostly because as a non-muslim, I didn’t see any way I would be allowed inside.

One of my English language students suggested we go to the mosque for her last class, since we needed to find a different location than usual. As it turns out, there is a restaurant and cafe that are open to the public. She had been there several times before and loved it.

La Grande Mosquée de Paris is located in the 5th arrondissement next to the Jardin des Plantes.  The structure is quite impressive from the outside, and the main entrance for religious activities is on the Western façade (rue Georges Desplas).

We met at the South-Eastern corner, at the intersections of rue Daubenton and rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, where there is an entrance into a courtyard that leads to a restaurant and a Hammam (a spa exclusively for women).

My student, a young woman about my age, told me she had been to the hammam several times and really enjoyed the experience. She said the experience has different stages, from a massage to baths to some extreme form of body-scrubbing. I’m not sure I completely understood the entire process. Being a little skittish of strangers touching my body, I may never try out the wonders of the hammam, but it comes highly recommended from my dear student!

Entrance to the cafe, restaurant and Hammam.

The entrance to the café, restaurant and hammam.

Once inside…

The first space that you see is the terrace seating in the courtyard that leads inside. It’s filled with trees and tables and beautiful tiles.

Once you go up the stairs to the interior, the entrance to the hammam is on the left, next to the pastry station, and then there are two more spaces to choose from where you can sit and drink tea or eat. The first is straight back, and it’s another outdoor courtyard. The second is to the right, and it’s a luxurious space to sit and have tea. There are large comfortable benches and chairs with large round metal tables.

This space seems to wind around behind some booths and meander down a long corridor. It’s filled with more booths and comfortable seating. I imagine it would be a perfect space for a big wedding reception!

There were people in all of the different spaces when we arrived in the late afternoon, though the long (wedding reception) corridor was empty. I’m sure it fills up for dinner though!

Tea and Pastries

We bought our pastries at the pastry counter (2 euros each), and then sat in a booth in the indoor restaurant area. The waiter comes around with tea (there is only one flavor) every few minutes, and you might need to catch his eye. Each glass of tea is 2 euros as well.

The tea is a mint and honey flavor, and the pastries I chose were delicious. My student’s pastries were quite dry, so she didn’t enjoy them as much. My suggestion: if it looks like it might be dripping with honey, pick that one! haha!

The atmosphere was incredibly relaxed and quiet. It was a perfect place for our final English class!

I look forward to going back again and sitting out on the terrace in the beautiful summer weather.

 

Entrance to the cafe of the Mosquee

Beyond the terrace is the entrance to the other areas of the cafe. Inside that door in the background of this photo are the pastries, the hammam entrance and the two other seating areas for the cafe/restaurant.

 

Tiles in the cafe of the Mosquee de Paris

 

Interior design in the restaurant.

This is the view of the long corridor that seemed perfect for dinner and a wedding reception.

 

A booth to sit in at the restaurant.

This was our booth.

 

Tea at the Mosquee de Paris cafe.

Tea is 2 euros per glass, and the waiter comes by every once in a while to offer a glass and take empty ones. There is only one flavor of tea, and it’s sort of a mint and honey. 

 

Pastries at the Mosquee de Paris

You must go up to the pastry counter to choose and pay for your desserts. Each dessert is 2 euros.

 

Impressive building of the Mosquee de Paris

The Western façade of the Grande Mosquée de Paris.

 

The Mosquee de Paris from the outside

The Western façade of the Grande Mosquée de Paris.

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Smiti Nathan June 23, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I love this place! Thanks for sharing! The mint tea is perfect on cold days.

    • Reply Tammy June 30, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Yes, it is! That’s an excellent time to go there. 🙂

  • Reply Blooming in Bordeaux June 23, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Beautiful photos! It sounds like you had a great last English class with your student and a lovely afternoon. What a unique experience!

    • Reply Tammy June 30, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      It was! I’m so glad I went. 🙂

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