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
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
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
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review With its signature red-and-white striped awning, warm orange lighting, and garrulous crowd, Le Bar du Marché manages to stand out on a delightful street chockfull of open-air bars and restaurants. Always aglow with activity, this lively Parisian hotspot could be considered the headquarters of the “bobo” phenomenon – a ... more
75 Rue de Seine
Café / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Situated on a picturesque corner near the banks of Canal St. Martin, La Bulle (The Bubble) is a charming café perfect for a relaxing glass of wine. High ceilings and a neutral color scheme create a light and airy space true to the venue’s name, while café tables and plush seating provide ample areas for the clusters of ... more
48 Rue Louis Blanc
Café / Restaurant
Party Earth Review For those who wake up with a hunger that a croissant and coffee won’t satisfy there’s Twinkie, one of the more ambitious breakfast-themed cafés that have been popping up in Paris over the past few years. The venue’s array of international breakfast selections – which include English, Scandinavian, and American dishes, among ... more
167 Rue St Denis
Café / Historic Restaurant
Reviewed by Lily R.
"My Take: Café de la Paix has an unbeatable history; when it opened in the late 1800s, famous clients, such as Emile Zola and Guy de Maupassant, wou ..." more
12 Boulevard des Capucines
Café / Historic Bar
Party Earth Review Although Paris is well known for its café society, the heart of which is in Saint Germain, it is often difficult to know which cafés offer the best experience and which are simply tourist traps. Enter La Palette, an authentic Parisian café that offers the true Saint Germain vibe with a good balance of style and French nonchalance ... more
43 Rue de Seine
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
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review The name La Fourmi (The Ant) suits this bar and café well, an unassuming, hipster hotspot that passersby could easily miss amid sex shop-riddled Pigalle’s larger distractions. Very much a local’s scene where artists and music lovers gather for drinks, the venue draws its eclectic crowd from the surrounding area, which ... more
74 Rue des Martyrs
Café / Dive Bar
Party Earth Review A no-frills dive in the heart of bustling Pigalle, the aptly-named Le Sans Souci (“no worries”) and its carefree energy attract a laid-back clientele of chain-smoking hipsters and after-work revelers ready to relax and imbibe champagne. A classic French space featuring white walls, large windows, and the requisite clutter ... more
65 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle
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.