Reviewed by Amanda D.
"My Take: Hidden behind high walls in the not-so-charming Gare de l'Est district is Cafe A, a hip bar and cafe with one of the best courtyards in Paris ..." more
148 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Coffee and cigarettes is the breakfast of choice at Café du Châtelet, a café and bar catering to a young clientele of students and post-grads. Early in the day, prepsters and locals enjoy a cup of jeau and people-watching on the heated front patio, while later on groups of friends and students line up at the bar to pass ... more
8 Rue Saint-Denis
Bar / Café / French Restaurant
Party Earth Review Despite its militaristic address, the only fighting going on at 25 Degré Est is for the best seats on the large terrace bar, where sun-kissed patrons can sip sweet cocktails as they admire the picturesque Canal Saint-Martin. Summer ensures this open terrace is the star of the show; a magnet for mellow young professionals ... more
10 Place de la Bataille-de-Stalingrad
Café / French Restaurant
Reviewed by Amanda D.
"My take: What stands out the most about La Cantine Bar/restaurant is their outstanding service. They go out their way to make guests feel comfortable ..." more
46 Rue Balard
Party Earth Review A rustic tavern in the middle of the woods in Buttes-Chaumont Park, Rosa Bonheur – named for a 19th-century painter famed for her massive animal paintings, as well as (gasp!) wearing trousers and smoking cigarettes – has kept the eccentric spirit of its namesake alive, catering to a casual crowd of local bohemians and hipsters ... more
2 Allée de la Cascade
Party Earth Review Situated right by the Les Halles shopping center, L’Autobus Impérial is an elegant and welcoming bar and restaurant perfect for unwinding over cocktails after a day of shopping at Benetton and H&M. Intricate screens, crystal chandeliers, candelabra, and closely clustered café tables and tufted chairs give the place a slightly ... more
14 Rue Mondétour
Party Earth Review Built in the 1880s as a boarding house for people working along the Canal St. Martin, this historic structure was taken over in 1938 by French director Marcel Carne, who used it as the location for his film Hotel du Nord. The rest, as they say, is history. Fans and paparazzi followed, and the building continued as a hotel ... more
102 Quai de Jemmapes
Bakery / Café
Party Earth Review A fixture of fashionable Montmartre, Le Coquelicot des Abbesses is a classic café-bakery that lures everyone from early risers on the run to curious tourists drawn by the promise of pain au chocolate before their pilgrimage to the Sacré-Coeur down the street. A popular hangout in the spring when pleasant weather brings ... more
24 Rue des Abbesses
Bar / Café
Reviewed by Michael S.
"whenever I return to Paris, Chez Prune never disappoints ...... doing breakfast while watching parisiens going to work, lunch with the high noon light ..." more
36 rue Beaurepaire
Café / Bar
Reviewed by Lily R.
"My Take: Le Kléber is one of those classic Parisian brasseries which is simply very authentic, local, and good! I love the laid back vibe and friendl ..." more
80 Avenue Kléber
There is nothing quite like the café culture in Paris, and with a café on nearly every street corner throughout the city, it’s clear that Parisians take their laid-back café lifestyle seriously.
Outdoor cafés in Paris are hugely popular in the spring and summer, when everyone heads to their favorite spots to while away the day on a sunny pavement terrace. The coffee is always strong, the pastries are always succulent, and the company is always convivial. Really, there is nothing more quintessentially Parisian than taking a few moments out of your day to sit with an espresso in one of the city's thousands of cafés.
While the majority of Paris cafés are good spots for a quick bite and a glass of wine, there are many others that double as live music joints, bakeries, bars, and more. The cafés are great for everything from eating brunch or lunch, cozying up with a good novel, spending a work afternoon outside of the office, or just hanging out with someone you love in a comfortable place.
Indoors on a cozy banquette or out on a sunny terrace, drinking and people-watching is one of the most cherished past-times in France. All you need now is a little dog to go with it.