La Palette

Café / Historic Bar
La Palette 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. Paris France 48.8553932 2.3367421
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La Palette - Café | Historic Bar in Paris.
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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... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Mabillon

  • Phone:

    01 43 26 68 15

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Daily 11:30am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth La Palette Review

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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.

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.

Opened in 1905, the café was frequented by artists Picasso and Braque, who established the venue’s initial following of creative types – and indeed, the café is still popular with students from the famous French art school, École des Beaux-Arts, as well as actors like Harrison Ford who appreciate the café’s unfussy attitude.

As fascinating as ever, La Palette has maintained the small original structure, which consists of a year-round terrace, carved wood details, and a long wooden bar usually crowded with customers sampling the many wines and liqueurs on offer.

The restaurant area, which serves a simple menu of sandwiches and omelets, features rustic seating and a décor that includes paintings, mirrors, signs, and vintage advertisements.

The delightfully easygoing atmosphere at La Palette draws a more student-based clientele during the late afternoons and early evenings, though as the night progresses, the space is given over to a crowd of local young professionals.

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Tip from Emma:

La Palette is the perfect setting in which to taste-test the traditional French liquors from Pernod Ricard. If it’s too crowded to enjoy your cocktails and conversation, request the table in the very back for some privacy.

  • Crowd

    International bohemians, artsy types, and young professionals, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Lunch and dinner menus include sandwiches, omelets, and plats du jour.

  • Prices

    Menu €6–€15. Beer €5, wine €6+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Busy every night of the week.

La Palette User Reviews

Average rating:
Authentic Atmosphere
Anya V. Nov 29, 2012
The undeniable stength of La Palette is its legends. As a key spot once frequented by the bohemians of the 30s, you step in and immediately feel their presence. This is partly because the owners have smartly kept many of the interior touches of those days, including the "Pool Hall" sign in French above the door. It's no wonder the place is crowded, as the food is well worth the prices. Don't leave without spoiling yourself with a cup of the hot chocolate! Once you do, enjoy exploring this gorgeous, lively part of the latin quarter.
Wine and Cheese Galore!
Katia R. Oct 30, 2012
This is a great wine bar and a wonderful place to either go on a date or with a few friends for some good food, great wine, and enjoyable people watching. It is right in the 6th, which is one of the nicest parts of town that has a young, hip, and chic crowd without an elitist attitude. Although it has a hip crowd, the interior design is very Parisian and the food is completely Parisian and the cheese plate is a perfect compliment to all the wines!
Best croque monsieur ever!
Andrew F. Aug 30, 2012
A little bit of a wait for service but this doesn't seem to be atypical in Paris. We had a late lunch so there was ample outdoor seating. I had the best croque Monsieur that I've ever had and my girlfriend had a salmon salad that was beautifully presented. The interior is vintage - but authentic - Paris.
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