This one is more of a bar and had little seating inside - but then there always seems to be a back room hidden away from view...In Levallois-Peret near the Anatole France metro. Wine by the glass was excellent.
Then you get Cafe`s like this along the Seine - this one faces the Ile St.Germain which we visited. Probably very popular on Sundays and evenings.
Then the disappointing ones because the owners are away on holiday...highly recommended. A little restaurant called 'Je Taime' near the Vaugirard metro.
But there is always an alternative on the other corner... Instead we ordered fabulous omelette's at a sunny table at this place.
It is one of the old Paris bars with pressed iron ceilings and old well worn furniture. The food was omlettes (again!) A safe option when you really don't fancy anything else.
26 Avenue de la république 75011
And one Kerouac so kindly featured - This is my version.. Le Chaland is well known to me having called in at least once on every trip to Paris. It's a small place that serves good home-cooked food but no great shakes as I said.
The passing Parade ;
Our delicious lunch!
At home I regularly go the the Web cam in the courtyard of Cafe DE La Gare. This theater, dance studio and cafe are through a very simple entrance at 41 Rue Du Temple which runs next to the BHV store.
Loving this photo essay--thank you. We found out Indiana was a chain one day. We dropped in to indulge a craving for chips and guacamole dip. Is Le Café Qui Parle also a chain? I remember one in Montmartre but for some reason the one in your picture isn't matching the one in my head..something about the angle of the street seems wrong, but I could be mistaken. I think our favorite café was one around the corner from our apartment. It was always crowded and lively, and had a daily lineup of musicians, singers and accordion players on the steps. I liked how it was child-friendly, too. I took a dance class at 41 rue du Temple and wanted to eat at the café afterwards but I had to scoot. It looked like a good place to eat.
It's interesting how all these posts are making me more homesick for Paris than any other photo essay, perhaps because cafés are places where Parisians gather and thus distill the character of the city. I see people of all ages, races, income levels and style, all taking time out in their day to spend a few moments sitting and relaxing in each other's company. Café culture in practice and reinterpreted for the 21st century. I'm looking forward to more photos of unusual cafés perhaps in out-of-the way corners of the city.
Don't worry, they are on the way, sooner or later. Today you all missed perhaps 20 more cafés because I discovered that my camera battery was totally uncharged when I pulled it out of my pocket. This indicates that it was "on" all night in that same pocket.
Well, my excuse is that I stayed about 70 steps away from that café. It is also one of the first cafés I visited on my 2009 trip, when we stopped there on the way to the Musée Picasso. I've also seen photos of it in reports Jazz has made here on AnyPort. The day I took my photo I had just been to the little park down the street (not the one directly across the street), where I sat, read, and did some work using my iPad and the wonderful wifi the city of Paris provides in the park. I also sat in that café most of an afternoon drinking wine and talking with an interesting person from New Orleans on this last trip. Afterwards, I was glad I only had 70 steps to traverse to get back "home."
"Purse snatchers" is the first thought that came to mind when I saw htmb's second picture. The blond woman sitting at the edge of the café with her purse standing on the chair facing outside while she writes postcards or whatever is not very street smart.