Bakery / French Restaurant
Reviewed by Tara R.
"My Take: If you come to Paris without gorging on macarons and foie gras, you are doing something wrong. In a last-day frantic attempt to manage both, ..." more
6 rue Bourgogne
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
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
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 / Historic Restaurant
Party Earth Review Bursting at the seams with history, Café de Flore was the old stomping ground of iconic French intellectuals Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and this unique heritage has attracted a flood of well-heeled and knowledgeable tourists making a pilgrimage to one of THE quintessential Parisian cafés ... more
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.