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There is nothing more Parisian than whiling a way a few hours at a cafe. The first cafe in Paris is said to be Le Procope?which opened its doors in 1686. Since then the cafe has become an important part of French life--it's hard to imagine Paris without them.
Here's a list of some favorite cafes.
For the sophisticated crowd
The following two cafes are amongst the most famous in Paris. As they area located right along the celebrated Boulevard Saint-Germain, they make a perfect place to relax, read the paper, or people watch.
Les Deux Magots:
Sartre, Simon de Beauvoir, and Hemingway all held court at Les Deux Magots at one time or another.Â This elegant cafe is an ideal place to restore yourself with a cafe creme while watching the world go by.
170, boulevard Saint-Germain, 6th.Â Metro: Saint-Germain. Open daily 8am-2am. Food served all day.
Cafe de Flore:
Given the location, it's no wonder that Cafe de Flore and Les Deux Magots have always been rivals. Cafe de Flore has attracted its fair share of famous patrons as well: Picasso, Dali, Miro, and Eluard were all said to have been regulars. Today it attracts a sophisticated international crowd and is usually packed.
172, boulevard Saint-Germain, 6th. Metro: Saint Germain. Open daily 7:30-1:30. Food served all day.
This stunning cafe, overlooking IM Pei's pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre, is one of the most fashionable in Paris. The terrace is an ideal place for a leisurely lunch or tea in the afternoon. When the temperature drops, the plush interior is equally inviting.
93, rue de Rivoli, cour Napoleon du Louvre, 1st. Metro: Palais Royal. Open daily from 8am-2am. Food served from noon-1am.
This fashionable new cafe is becoming a great success with local Parisians. Settle into the comfortable chairs, grab a magazine or one of the numerous books from a shelf, and while away the afternoon in one of Saint-Germain's most popular cafes.
4, carrefour de l'Odeon, 6th. Metro: Odeon. Open daily, 8am-2am. Food served from noon-2am.
Bar du Marche
This funky little cafe, located on a busy corner of the Buci market, isn't really much to look at, but it's still one the most branche (literally "plugged-in," meaning hip) in the quartier. The terrace is ideal and in the summer is always packed with the beautiful Saint-Germain crowd. Food is served from 9am-6pm and is basic, but quite good. You'll find omelettes, Croque Messieurs, and several tartines (grilled bread with various toppings). A fun spot at any time of the day.
75, rue de Seine, 6th. Metro: Odeon. Open: Daily 7:30am-2am.
La Palette is a cafe that I would love to love; the terrace sits on a tranquil corner on the rue de Seine lined with trees. In the summer I can't think of lovelier place to sit. Inside you'll find the perfect Parisian cafe s worn and smoky, the walls adorned with faded paintings, given by the many artists who have called this cafe their home since its beginnings. But the service leaves something to be desired and ranges from indifferent to downright rude. At first I thought this was the "American" treatment in hopes of keeping outsiders at bay, but I've heard similar complaints from French friends as well. However, this lack of welcome doesn't seem to bother the throngs of customers who pack the place day in and day out.
43, rue de Seine, 6th. Metro: Odeon or Mabillon. Open Mon-Sat, 8am-2am. Food served from noon-3pm. Closed in August.
Cafe de la Mairie
Location, location, location is what makes this cafe a favorite. The immense terrace looks out onto the fountain just in front of Saint-Sulpice, making it one of the most sought after cafes in the warmer months. (Watch out for the Turkish toilets!)
8 place Saint Sulpice, 6th. Metro: Saint Sulpice. Open Mon-Sat, 7am-2am. Food served all day.
Located in the up-and-coming 10th arrondissement by the bank of the Canal Saint-Martin, this cafe has become a hot-spot for the bobos (bohemian bourgeois) of the neighborhood and is the perfect spot for lunch after a stroll by the canal.
71, quai Valmy, 10th. Metro: Republique. Open Mon-Sat 7am-2am, Sundays from 10am-2am. Food from noon-3pm, 6:30-11pm.
Cafe de l'Industrie
This bustling cafe is a great place for brunch or an inexpensive meal with friends. It's located on a quiet street near the Bastille and attracts a young, hip crowd.
16 rue St-Sabin, 11th. Open daily, except Saturdays. 10am-2am. Food served from noon-1am.
This cool cafe in the 11th was recently voted best cafe in France by a book on the cafes of Europe. Great food and atmosphere make this a popular spot.Â Try to snag a seat on the terrace; it's ideal for people-watching.
41, rue de Charonne, 11th. Metro: Ledru-Rollin. Open Mon-Sat 7am-2am; Sun 9am-8:30pm.
The Cafes of Montparnasse
Montparnasse was the center of Paris nightlife in the early 1900 s, when artists such as Picasso, Leger, Chagall, and others made the area their home. Next came the American invasion, with Man Ray, Henry Miller, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein.Â Their hang-outs, cafes like La Coupole, Le Select, La Closerie des Lilas, Le Dome and others are all still standing today and are as popular as ever.
La Coupole:Â 102 blvd Montparnasse, 6th. Metro: Vavin. Open daily 8am-2am.
Le Select:Â 99 blvd Montparnasse, 6th. Metro: Vavin. Open daily 8am-3am. Food served all day.
La Closerie des Lilas: 171 blvd Montparnasse, 14th. Metro: Port-Royale. Open daily noon-1am.
Le Dome: Le Dome doubles as one of the best seafood restaurants in Paris, but you are welcome to sit in the front terrace for a cafe at any time of the day. 108, blvd. Montparnasse, 14th. Metro: Vavin. Cafe is open daily from 8am-1am.
Many people wouldn't be caught dead in a Parisian cabaret, assuming they're nothing but tourist traps.Tant Pis for them, because the cabarets are great fun and in fact 50% of the audience is French!
The Moulin Rouge is certainly the most famous of the Parisian cabarets, immortalized on canvas by Toulouse-Lautrec and more recently in Baz Luhrmen's film by the same name. Opened in 1889, Le Moulin Rouge is where the French cancan was first invented; today this cabaret puts on a spectacular show with 100 performers and over 1,000 costumes. If you've never been to a cabaret, this is the one to try! Go to Moulin Rouge for tickets and reservations.
Moulin Rouge, 82 boulevard de Clichy Paris France 75018. Metro: Pigalle.
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