I am very fond of Paris Jardin des Plantes, but it’s not at its best in January.
Say for example that you just got out the Pearls Exhibition.
Rather than going all the way down the garden, leave by the next gate, and just across rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, spot the cute building of Paris Great Mosque. It was the first Mosque ever built in France, as a tribute to the 50 000 Muslim soldiers killed in Frst World War. Its architecture is a fine combination of “hispano moresque” and ” Paris 1925″ styles.
The garden and outdoor arcades are lovely in spring, but a bit chilly now.
To have a mint tea and may be some oriental pastry,you can choose the winter garden with its lovely fountain :
Or the cozy dining room.
You can also have an oriental lunch (from 12 to 15) or supper(from 19 to 22.30) but it is better to make a reservation.
Grande Mosquée de Paris, 39 rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 75005 Paris, tel 33(0)1 43 31 18 14, open everyday.
More information on : http://www.la-mosquee.com/