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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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 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
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
Café / Restaurant
Party Earth Review In a neighborhood not lacking for LGBT bars, Stuart Friendly is a popular brunch spot, coffee shop, and tea house that’s also the self-proclaimed “premiere hetero-friendly restaurant in Paris.” Serving a mélange of organic teas and wines alongside the chef’s seasonal specialties, the venue invites people of all ages, nationalities ... more
16 Rue Marie Stuart
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.