Bar / Café
Party Earth Review The livelier sister bar of Rue Louvre’s Promenade Lounge – and with the same Big Apple attitude – Café Le Pavillon has enough loud music and animated conversation to make patrons think they’re in Gotham City itself. Groups of students and relaxed hipsters settle in on the wicker chairs outside to smoke, drink, and peruse ... more
65 Boulevard de Sebastopol
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
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
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
Party Earth Review The word “ephemeral” refers to things or events that only last for a short period, and that notion is clearly in play at Point Ephémère, the ever-changing hub for local, national, and international artists. Managed by non-profit group Usines Éphémère – whose sole purpose is to convert unused buildings into thriving cultural ... more
200 Quai de Valmy
75010 Paris, France
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
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Coffee and cigarettes is the breakfast of choice at Café du Châtelet, a café and bar catering to a young clientele of students and post-grads. Early in the day, prepsters and locals enjoy a cup of jeau and people-watching on the heated front patio, while later on groups of friends and students line up at the bar to pass ... more
8 Rue Saint-Denis
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
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
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 / Bar
Reviewed by Lily R.
"My Take: Le Kléber is one of those classic Parisian brasseries which is simply very authentic, local, and good! I love the laid back vibe and friendl ..." more
80 Avenue Kléber
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
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.