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172, blvd. Saint-Germain (6th Arr.)
(33) 01-45-48-55-26 | www.cafedeflore.fr
BEST FORBreakfast; brunch; lunch
PRICE (COFFEE; SANDWICHES; OMLETTES)EUR 4-7; EUR 8-19; EUR 8-26
FAMOUS PLATESOmelettes; salads; club sandwiches
DRINKS AND WINECoffee; soft drinks; wine
# OF SEATS75-100
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
The ultimate Parisian café. This Latin Quarter hangout is where chain-smoking thinkers like Sartre, de Beauvoir, and Hemingway used to linger over espressos as they penned their novels and pondered the meaning of life. Inside, vintage red leather banquettes are complemented with mirrored walls and wooden tables, while outside, the sidewalk is packed with classic petite green wooden tables and chairs. The waiters (who sport nothing less than starched whites and black bow ties) can be aloof, and the tourist crowds are overwhelming in the summer, but it’s still worth stopping by for the experience.
The sidewalk is jammed with tourists, but there are still a few local poets and intellectuals to be found indoors.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Do as the brooding philosophers do and wear all black, topped with an ironic beret.
GO HERE WITH
Literary types; friends
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s one of the best spots in town for a leisurely café au lait and some people watching. We like to scribble our travel-related ponderings at one of the (admittedly touristy) sidewalk tables.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The overpriced, mediocre mains and the diffident service.
GOOD TO KNOW
Watch where you sit if you’re taking up a post on the sidewalk–Café de Flore kind of runs together with next door café Les Deux Magots.
Les Deux Magots (Paris)
Read more about Café de Flore in The Diary
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