Café de Flore
On Boulevard Saint-Germain, next to the famousÂ Les DeuxMagotsÂ and across the street fromÂ Brasserie Lipp, CafÃ© de Flore remains a popular spot to lounge, watch and enjoy some of the best cafÃ© crÃ¨me in all of Paris. Known as a spot for intellectuals, actors and politicians, CafÃ© de Flore frequently played host to Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre and Brigitte Bardot, to name a few. The last timeÂ I visited, in the middle of summer, Woody Allen walked by, apparently viewing possible scenic snapshots for his next movie. Lauren Bacall and Catherine Deneuve are additonal famous regulars.
The waiters in their white aprons and black ties maintain that classic Parisian feel, as does the Art Deco interior with mahogany wood paneling, gleaming brass, large mirrors and tulip lamps. CafÃ© is served in beautiful ceramic CafÃ© de Flore cups and pitchers. Although lunch and dinner fare is served, my favorite time to come is for morning breakfast or an afternoon cafÃ© or dessert. For breakfast, you can order a platter of croissants. desserts, including tarte citron and tarte aux pommes are excellent. The omelets are also excellent.
Bring a book, the newspaper, a laptop or a friend or two, as there is no rush to leave and you can literally sit for hours (except during lunch or dinner time). A plethora of whiskies are on the menu, as is champagne.
Within walking distance to Eglise Saint-Germain, the oldest church in Paris, as well as Rue de Buci, a lovely marchÃ© street, CafÃ© de Flore is a wonderful spot to experience Paris any time of year. Donâ€™t forget to visit the souvenir shop of CafÃ© de Flore just around the corner, which sells authentic ceramic milk pitchers, coffee cups and saucers, and even the original CafÃ© de Flore chairs.
Address: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006
Hours: Open seven days a week, no reservations are required
TÃ©l: 01 45 48 55 25