The Best Cafes in Paris

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It is one of the most typical experiences while in Paris to be sitting in a Café gazing out to the streets. There are numerous such establishments here that are ideal for spending a relaxing time and even enjoying the creative space you manage to come across. Many of these places have a long history, with something peculiar that makes it stand out from the rest. Below are some of the best cafes to visit while after your Louvre Museum private tours.

Les Philosophes

This is a café located in the bohemian quarter of Le Marais. It is more famous as the café that served the Jewish workers after work hours back in the 20th century. The café also garnered a name after harboring a young Jewish girl who was forced to flee during the German invasion of the city. It is a great place to order a cafe noisette while having a good, quiet time.

Les Deux Magots

This café served as a silk shop in the beginning. Today, it has transformed into a larger café in the cheerful neighborhood of St-Germain-des-Pres. Besides, the place served as a hangout spot for legends such as Arthur Rimbaud, Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Verlaine, and Simone de Beauvoir. A tradition of the café’s annual literary award – Le Prix des Deux Magots – has been followed till date.

Cafe Des Deux Moulins

The Cafe des Deux Moulins is a great place to soak in the nightlife while letting your body rest from the ardors of walking the streets with a map in hand. It is understandably a favorite among the locals as well as tourists. The café derives its name from Le Moulin de la Galette and Le Moulin Rouge. In 2001, it featured in the Jean-Pierre Jeunet film Amelie, which shot it to the heights of fame. Make sure you visit during happy hours – from 6 to 9 pm. Aside from that, there are also live performances every night from Monday to Thursday.

La Palette

A beloved location for famous painters such as Pablo Picasso and Paul Cezanne, this place is a testament to Paris’s long devotion to art. La Palette offers a beautiful view of rue Jacques Callot from the terrace, and serves as a favorite spot among local art students and gallery owners.

Cafe De La Paix

Located near the historic Garnier Opera, this posh café serves great food, and is located in the 9th district of Paris. If you are lucky enough to be visiting the city in warm weather, check out this café for amazing views of the opera house, which looks stunning from that distance. There is a popular myth that Irish author Oscar Wilde, who was a regular patron, witnessed a golden angel taking off from a pavement once.


L’Oisivethé is a place that serves as a tea house, cafe, and yarn shop. Its main specialty is that it allows guests to set out on a creative journey of their own. Located in the heart of Paris in the 13th arrondissement, this place has a great ambiance that pulls huge crowds. It promotes artistic endeavors by supporting small ventures and campaigns. It hosts knitting night on Wednesdays, meant for the DIYers who need a platform. They also have weekly crochet, in case you are ever interested.

La Rotonde

La Rotonde is famous for the selection of typical French fare they offer. Besides, this café has served as one of the more important eateries in the area; having been around since the 1900s, it also provided shelter to the needy during the first World War. Today, it continues to welcome a large number of movie directors and local artists.

Cafe De Flore

This place has been a crowd favorite among numerous legends such as Brigitte Bardot, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, and Jane Fonda. It has been a famous landmark in the left bank for visitors that flock the area, and upholds a long-held legacy.

Cafe Le Jardin Du Petit Palais

Having a good place to sit down is a great boost to the spirit, and tourists need this a lot. Cafe Le Jardin du Petit Palais offers this aplenty. It is a café located within a fine arts museum, and has a gorgeous interior garden, which is decked out with mosaic décor. The terrace is equally stunning, and resembles a marble palace. This is definitely a place to spend a much-needed laidback afternoon.

La Fee Verte

According to Hemingway, Absinthe was a huge player behind many of his creative works. Luckily, the La Fee Verte has no dearth of this famous green drink. The place also serves delicious coffee throughout the day, and you can lean back and stay rooted while admiring the beautiful ambiance this place has to offer. The famous absinthe fountain here is something you really have to see at least once.