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
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
Party Earth Review Not many club-goers dare to venture east of Montmartre, but those who do will discover La Bellevilloise, a large multilevel event space featuring a café and market that caters to foodies and young professionals out enjoying the sunny weather by day, and a party room that brings in hip bohemians for music and dancing by ... more
21 Rue Boyer
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 / 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 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
Party Earth Review Traditional Parisian chic in a charming and down-to-earth atmosphere await patrons at La Marine, a swanky yet affordable café ideally situated along a picturesque canal. A favorite lunch and dinner spot with both locals and tourists, the venue offers a varied menu ranging from robust salads and steaks to delicate seasonal ... more
55 bis, Quai de Valmy
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
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
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 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
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.