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
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 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 For those who wake up with a hunger that a croissant and coffee won’t satisfy there’s Twinkie, one of the more ambitious breakfast-themed cafés that have been popping up in Paris over the past few years. The venue’s array of international breakfast selections – which include English, Scandinavian, and American dishes, among ... more
167 Rue St Denis
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
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
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 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 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 / 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
Café / Bakery
Reviewed by Tara R.
"My Take: In Vienna, so they say, you can order everything with whipped cream—so, too, can you at the Pâtisserie Viennoise. And everything, as the Vien ..." more
8 rue Ecole de Médecine
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.