I am Ross's wife and he forgot to ask if there are bathrooms in museums and coffee shops
There are probably restrooms of some type in the coffee shops in the nearby country of NL - but the patrons don't care if they find them (and hope there are munchies there) ... end hijack of topic ... sorry
Rosss wife,, that is a bit odd of a question,, of course there are washrooms in museums ,, and so far in every cafe I have ever been to,, french people do not all pee in the streets. Most cafe washrooms do seem be downstairs ,, so if not sure look for a staircase.
Museums have washrooms that are often nicer and cleaner then cafes... Most important tip ,, never ever leave a place without using a washroom,, even if you are not sure you have to go,, there is so much walking, waiting in lines etc, that easy assess to a washroom right when you need it is not something you leave to the very last minute.
Museums have nice bathrooms and most have somewhere to eat. The Orsay has a beautiful restaurant.
There are also bathrooms in cafes, if that's what you meant by coffee shops. .
There's a little house with bathrooms (toilettes) in it right behind Notre Dame cathedral, in their fenced in backyard/garden. This is an attended bathroom (a woman who keeps it clean) and you need to have coins to pay for it. Also, this garden has benches so you can rest....
Good point Bets,, I have found the bathrooms by the atrium where all the statues are have never been crowded.
Another point is,, if you are somewhere there are long lines for womens toilets,, just go in the mens,, its not going to shock anyone but perhaps anglo tourists,, lol
Yep, the French have been peeing indoors for decades now. In Paris you'll find bathrooms in museums, cafes, restaurants, fast food joints, bookstores, department stores, bars, movie theaters, train stations... sometimes you may need to buy a little something to use the key to the restroom, other times it's totally free. There's even an iPhone app and a website called "Sit or Squat" which shows you on a map where you can find a nearby toilet in Paris.
If you are in line for the ladies room at Versailles, don't be surprised if you are directed into the men's room by the lady in charge of directing the line. To peek or not to peek, that is the
Just keep a travel packet of Kleenix in your daypack. It the vatican museum, the line was very long until we realized 2 stalls were not being used because of no TP. We had Kleenix so others allowed us to go ahead of the line. :-)
Kinda like a Roma Pass at the Colosseum. Just don't mix up the two!