Is there any pleasure in Paris more simple and delightful than sitting on the awned terrace of a café-bar, sipping lengthily on an allongé, reading newspapers, and watching the world pass by? We think not, and so for your refreshment requirements we have rounded up some of the city’s buzziest roasters, from the all-time classics to the cutting-edge hipster hangouts.
First off the beaten tourist trail, between bustling boulevard St Germain and the Seine, is charming little salon L’Heure Gourmande. Tucked down a pretty passageway, this spot is most famed amongst coco-nnaisseurs for its hot chocolate, served the old-fashioned way in a chocolatière. However, if it’s a mean cup of joe you’re craving, head to little vibe box La Caféothèque, which will hit the spot with its slew of kickin’ South American and African roasts, and its warren of linger-worthy nooks. Another rustic hang is uber kool kat Tuck Shop, great for a light salad-and-sandwich lunch with a side of creamy latte. But if you’re in search of the old-school, one of the most prestigious coffeehouses in Paris (and a more fashionable alternative to oft touristy Les Deux Magots), Café de Flore delivers style in spades with its Art Deco interiors, hot rum toddies, mini viennoiseries at breakfast, and larger plates throughout the day like duck breast and green bean salad. Even the waiters are classically attired, but remember to address them as ‘monsieur’ and not ‘garçon’, which is considered un peu declassé...
L’Heure Gourmande / 22 psge Dauphine, 6th / +33 1 46 34 00 40 / 11.30am-7pm daily
La Caféothèque / 52 rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, 4th / +33 1 53 01 83 84 / 9.30am-7.30pm daily / lacafeotheque.com
Tuck Shop / 13 rue Lucien Sampaix, 10th / +33 9 80 72 95 40 / 10am-5pm Tue-Fri, 11am-6pm Sat-Sun / tuckshop.fr
Café de Flore / 172 blvd Saint-Germain, 6th / +33 1 45 48 55 26 / 7am-2am daily / cafedeflore.fr