The Café de la Branche

Have your lunch while watching the Grand Éléphant stroll by, and enjoy the chef’s “back from the market” menu, with a choice of fish, a traditional dish or grilled meat, as well as homemade pies.

Or, have a snack on the weekend. Depending on the season, you can enjoy: homemade quiche, fresh vegetable soup, meal-sized salads, homemade sandwiches... as well as hot dogs and panini sandwiches in the summer. For your four o’clock coffee break, muffins, brownies, shortbread, or donuts are available. You can also purchase locally produced regional specialties (beer, wines, ciders...).

The gift-shop

Located under the prototype Branch of the Arbre aux Hérons, the gift-shop offers a wide range of drawings and books, inspired by Les Machines de l’île. Most of them are originally designed creations, and exclusively available here.

A privileged space for passionate readers, the bookshop offers a various collection of books with themes like elephants, sea and nature conservation, architecture and  sustainable development, the art of gardening, orchids, the machines used in theatre
and film, novels and travel stories. For kids, the children’s section will give your little ones a taste for art books.

And if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please visit our shop online:

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Café de la Branche
Until 7 January: Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 - 19:30

Gift shop
Until 7 January: Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 - 19:30



Contact the gift shop:

+33 (0)2 51 17 48 87

Contact the Café: 

+33 (0)2 51 17 48 86

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