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
Party Earth Review Nestled on a corner between the Bastille and Oberkampf neighborhoods, the simple but attractive Café de l’Industrie is a classic bohemian hangout that attracts local artists and passing tourists alike. Antique rugs and eclectic details including a metallic rhinoceros head, vintage life preservers, and flea market paintings ... more
15–17, Rue Saint-Sabin
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 / 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
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Just one of the many venues in the Costes chain of bars and restaurants, Café Beaubourg is set apart by its high-traffic location near the Centre Pompidou between Les Halles and the Marais. A place to see and be seen, the café is easily recognizable by the immense white awning that covers the outdoor terrace and the crowd ... more
43 Rue Saint-Merri
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
Café / French Restaurant
Reviewed by Tara R.
"My Take: A hop, skip, and a jump from the Jardin du Luxembourg (and I have done all three), the Vavin Café is a modern twist on a classic French brass ..." more
18 Rue Vavin
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
Café / Brasserie
Reviewed by Tara R.
"My Take: Brasseries abound by the Seine, where many a hoodwinked tourist is lured by their croque monsieurs, cafes, and coziness. Stereotypically Fren ..." more
3 Place de l'Alma
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
Party Earth Review A former bordello reinvented into a chic boutique hotel by the French graffiti artist André, Hotel Amour is home to a bustling bar and café that regularly fills up with indie celebs, local hipsters, and folks from the worlds of music and fashion. A pink neon sign and modest entrance lead trendy patrons into the spacious ... more
8 Rue de Navarin
75009 Paris, France
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.