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Les Éditurs, Saint Germain des Prés, Paris

26 Jun

www.lesediteurs.fr

Score: 4/5

Best For: Posing, reading a book and feeling French

This is a great café and feels ever so French.  The decor is fabulous and books line the café half of this establishment giving it a chic, slightly bacheloresque feel.  It’s a little pricey (espresso, 2.00 EUR, café au lait 4.20 EUR), but this is Paris and everything is pretty expensive.  The coffee was very good, and came with a chocolate which is always nice.  Service was efficient. It even comes complete with disgruntled French man (who was waiting for his exceptionally late date).  You couldn’t ask for much more.

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Café Flo, Printemps, Paris

31 May

Score: 4/5

Best For: Staring up at the beautiful stained glass dome

If you’re in central Paris and have some time to kill, might I recommend the beautiful Café Flo.  It is on the top floor of the legendary department store Printemps and offers a wide range of teas and delicious coffee.  It’s best feature is the domed ceiling which is just breathtaking.  The tables even have mirrors on them so you get a beautiful view no matter where you are looking!

I had a dargeeling tea and some delicious macarons.  My only complaint is that the teabag came lose and not actually in the tea pot so I had to add it to the hot (not boiling) water provided in the tea pot.  I really can’t stand it when you go somewhere and the tea is pricey and they don’t even serve it properly.  It just doesn’t taste the same.

Bread & Roses, rue Fleurus, Paris

29 May

www.breadandroses.fr

Score: 5/5

Best For: Food – thier bread and pastries are divine

Prices: Expensive (approx. 8.50 EUR for a strawberry tart 6 EUR tea)

This lovely little café is very close to the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg so once you’ve had your fill of chilling out reading your book in the sunshine, and are in need of a relaxing cup of tea and a delicious cake, this should be your number one destination.  It is not cheep, so if you are already finding that Paris is burning a hole in your pocket you might want to stay clear, but I think this place is worth it’s price tag.  The tea is leaf and served in a truly beautiful tea-pot, and the strawberry tart I had was out of this world.  I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything so tasty.

Also, despite the English name, this place is exceptionally French and ever so bourgeois.  It’s also not a hugely touristy destination and is full of locals leading to excellent people watching opportunities.  There are very well dressed little girls shopping for bread for their parents, ladies lunching and old regulars that chat animatedly with the waiters.  It really is a special place.

A Weekend in Paris

28 May

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Paris.  The weather was absolutely beautiful and I had a wonderful time cycling through the streets, doing a little sightseeing and of course, sampling the local cafés.  I couldn’t resist taking a few photos and so I’ve got a couple of reviews for you guys which I’ll put up over the next few days.