Cool Haunting: Musée de la Vie Romantique

Yesterday, My Little Paris’ newsletter featured a map illustrating their picks for the best terraces in Paris. Because “best” really depends on your audience and its particular tastes, the map presents an evenly distributed selection of options—from a terrace with a great view, to one that’s always sunny, to a terrace whose friendly vibe will have you chatting with a neighbor. These are terrific addresses to keep in mind when the weather turns summery, and you need a change from your local café scene.

One of my favorite spots for a tranquil goûter is at the Musée de la Vie Romantique in the 9ème arrondissement. Access to the grounds and permanent exhibitions is free, and I’ve spent hours in this secret garden, sipping tea and listening to birds, watching the clouds tumble gauzily overhead.