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
Party Earth Review Whether or not Drôle d'Endroit Pour Une Rencontre really is – as its name suggests – “a strange place to meet” is a matter of opinion, but few people would argue that it isn’t a quirky French spin on the New York diner. The place definitely looks like a diner with its stark white-tile walls dotted with Big Apple photos ... more
58 Rue Montorgueil
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
Reviewed by Eleonora A.
" My Take/Advice In the mood for a coffee while working on your pc and off the beaten tracks? Here's L'Arobase, a relaxed Internet café in the 13th arr ..." more
101 Rue du Chevaleret
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Right in the heart of trendy Saint Germain is Café Mabillon, a swanky spot whose claim to fame is that it’s open twenty-three hours a day. And that’s no small claim – in a city where it’s hard to have late lunches and midnight dinners, Mabillon smartly accommodates the diverse work and party patterns of its wide range of ... more
164 Boulevard Saint-Germain
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Downtown New York comes to Paris at Promenade Lounge, the laid-back sister café bar to Boulevard de Sebastopol’s Café Le Pavillon. Classy and relaxed, the venue exudes a Big Apple vibe with its indoor/outdoor setup and sidewalk seating, popular with students and daytrippers who settle in on the comfy black and red chairs ... more
44 Rue Louvre
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Eating and drinking is the heart of Paris nightlife, and one of the best places to do both is at Café Charlot. Formerly a neighborhood boulangerie, Charlot is now a lively, crowd-pleasing bistro that offers its fashionable patrons an authentic French café experience. A restored 1950s zinc bar is the centerpiece of this ... more
38 Rue de Bretagne
Party Earth Review In a city like Paris, finding a café that dates back a century or two is hardly unusual, but Au Rocher de Cancale – est. 1846 – stands out among these enduring gastronomic sites as a reliably festive place to eat, drink, and meet new people. Creaking wooden floors, slanting tables, and spindly staircases transport the ... more
78 Rue Montorgueil
Café / Bakery
Reviewed by Tara R.
"My Take: In Vienna, so they say, you can order everything with whipped cream—so, too, can you at the Pâtisserie Viennoise. And everything, as the Vien ..." more
8 rue Ecole de Médecine
Reviewed by Amanda D.
"My Take: Ever wonder where all the cool kids in Paris hangout? They’re all over at L’Inconnu, a new hotspot in the Strasbourg Saint-Denis/Bonne Nouvel ..." more
19 Rue de Mazagran
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review A former coal merchant’s shop, Café Charbon has been hosting an animated bohemian crowd for over a hundred years, playing host to a chill daytime scene and cozy little late-night dance sessions most nights. The coal shop’s original black iron skeleton and high ceilings have been fitted with elegant lighting, detailed wood ... more
109 Rue Oberkampf
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.