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Paris Café Culture

When it comes to coffee, the Nordic countries are among the top consumers in Europe. In Sweden, for example, they are known for their coffee breaks called ‘fika’, at least once per day, but in Paris, even if the city is famous for its timeless architecture, art and fashion, you will find cafés on practically every corner, each with its own cluster of Parisians.

We wandered the city of lights to discover different places in each distinctive arrondissement so you will find out which one you are better suited in Paris. Here are our 5 top picks:

172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris

There is nothing better than parking it for a few hours in a café on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, munching a croissant and watching the world go by.

Since opening in 1887, is one of the most iconic terrances in Paris, always full of tourists, but still, who wouldn't like to enjoy a cafe creme and get the feeling that you are in the 19th century?​

Great place for breakfast or to relax over a cup of capuccino and pastries. A legend cafe with many stories of famous people, artists or writers spent their time long time ago.

Go for the experience!

10 Rue d'Ormesson, 75004 Paris

Located in the lovely area “Le Marais”, its deco is inspired by Josephine Bonaparte with a colorful lounge, furnished with armchairs in floral, leopard print velvet and pink walls.

Hotel de Jobo

Le Marais attracts a huge number of visitors, there are many options within this maze of fashionable streets. But if you are looking for a quiet spot to relax after your shopping or a long day strolling the city, give one of these low-key places a try.

Great to catch up with a friend in a bar hidden behind a flamboyant courtyard!

2 Rue de l'Abreuvoir, 75018 Paris

Back to the beginning of the last century. Like many buildings in Montmartre, its history is closely linked to a large number of local personalities, such as the great Picasso.

La Maison Rose

The restaurant itself is not known for its food, but for the ambience and its location, in the heart of one of Paris’ most iconic districts, worth a visit.

Next to this pretty square you will find the Musée de Montmartre that offers a more extensive look at the history of artists in the area.

Best spot for an Instagram picture!

226 Rue de Rivoli 75001

For those who comes to Paris for the first time, Angelina is a famous tea house and a favorite among locals and tourists alike, serving consistency flawless coffee in the 1st arrondissement.


The delicatessen at Angelina is stocked with souvenirs ready to go. Beyond the recommended Angelina hot chocolate, you have to try Mont Blanc signature pastry

From breakfast to tea time, without forgetting lunch, this emblematic place is a must go. Who would say no to the pleasure of drinking your first coffee of the day in such a beautiful place?

If you don’t have time to queue up for a table, you can enter to the takeaway treats at Angelina.

15 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

For those who prefer be seduced by panoramic view to the Eiffel Tour, Les Invalides and the Seine River, this might be the right place to be.

Restaurant Maison Blanche

Situated on the top of Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the restaurant with 2 floors provides top notch food, friendly staff and chilled vibe will transport you a million miles away from Paris.

Perfect for a panoramic pause while shopping in the 8th quarter.

These Parisian cafés-restaurants are some of the very best spots to sit back, relax and enjoy one of the most picturesque of cities. Better still, there’s so much choice of offer that, regardless of budget, you’re bound to find that special place that suits you perfectly.


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