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
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 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 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
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Just the kind of typical Parisian café that could easily be featured in a Jean-Luc Godard film, Chez Jeannette is a charming eatery and bar whose original mid-century décor and location near the up-and-coming Canal St. Martin attracts a flirty and chatty clientele of bohemian locals and hip film and media types. Vintage ... more
47 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis
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
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
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
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
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
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.