Wednesday, June 13, 2012


The number of French cafes has steeply declined over the past few decades, as the country's celebrated cafe culture has battled against legal and societal challenges – most recently a smoking ban, but also a general reluctance to adapt to a younger clientele. Yet in Paris, where the romantic's idea of a good time is to while the afternoon away on a sidewalk table, nursing a petit noir (an espresso) and observing passers-by, cafes are still a long way from oblivion. Every Parisian has a favourite haunt – one that may have no distinguishing feature besides being around the corner from his apartment or workplace – and nothing will make you feel local like finding one of your own. But in the meantime, here's a selection of notable spots that place a particular emphasis on the ambiance and the quality of the coffee.

  • Café des 2 Moulins
  • Cafés Verlet
  • Merce & The Muse
  • La Caféothèque
  • Café de la Nouvelle Mairie

  • Le Comptoir du Relais
  • Coutume Café
  • Hôtel Amour
  • Le Petit Château d'Eau
  • La Mer à Boire

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