Each café in Paris has its own special characteristics, and everyone has their own favourite, but here we pick out just a few that you might like to try…

AU PETIT FER À CHEVAL

Renowned for its beautiful horseshoe bar, which dates from the 19th century, Au Petit Fer à Cheval has a cult following of dedicated and local regulars.

30 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004
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CAFÉ CHARLOT

Located near the oldest covered market in Paris, the Marché des Enfants Rouges, the trendy Café Charlot revives the tradition of Parisian neighbourhood bistros.

38 rue de Bretagne, 75003
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CAFÉ DE LA PAIX

One of the most sumptuous cafés in the capital, this celebrated venue has been the setting for many a well-known painting, film and poem.

5 place de l’Opéra, 75009
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CAFÉ DE FLORE

Dating from the 1880s, this iconic institution has been attracting the great and the good ever since opening its doors and continues to do so today.

172 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006
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CAFÉ DES 2 MOULINS

Catapulted to stardom by the famous French film Amélie, this charming Montmartre café is well worth a visit whether a fan of the movie or not.

15 rue Lepic, 75018
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LA FONTAINE DE BELLEVILLE

Founded in the early 1900s, this friendly establishment is known for its good food, coffee and ambience – as well as live jazz on Saturday afternoons.

31-33 rue Juliette Dodu, 75010
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LE PROCOPE

Opened back in 1686, Le Procope is the capital’s oldest café and has been a hub for artists, writers and intellectuals for 333 years.

13 rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, 75006
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LES DEUX MAGOTS

Synonymous with the literary and artistic life of the city, this legendary Left Bank café has been in operation since the early 1800s.

6 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006
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LE SELECT

One of the classic Parisian café-brasseries of Montparnasse, this is another establishment with a long list of famous customers.

99 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006
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LES PHILOSOPHES

This popular haunt in the Marais is renowned for its authentic French fare, good coffee and excellent service – plus English-speaking staff.

28 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004
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This comes courtesy of Taste of France Issue Two. For more great recipes, food news and interviews with top chefs, buy your copy here!

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3 COMMENTS

  1. What about La Fregute? they had the best French onion soup!!
    We had it almost every day we were there and we were there for 14 days.
    It was the restaurant we had most of our meals. Everyone was so nice.

  2. Lovely choices – but you begin with a photo of one of my favorites, La Pallette, but do not include it in the list…such a great place to sit and watch the world go by.

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