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THE ART OF THE MORNING COFFEE IN PARIS
Oh, la vie Parisienne is a subtle mix of daily pleasures and necessary routine. The French make time for leisure au quotidienne; the morning coffee is not a luxury it’s a must.
How you have it depends on your lifestyle if you have to rush off to work you’ll most likely just have it standing at the bar. Here it’s cheaper than sitting – usually 1 euro. Or if you have time to read your morning paper or meet friends you’ll opt for a table inside or “en terrace” where the coffee is usually 2.20 euros.
And bad weather will not deter the average Parisian, most terraces are heated and partially covered by very thick plastic. As you’ll see of have already noticed from previous trips to Paris, Parisians smoke a lot, and its no longer permitted inside.
While you’re here don’t hesitate to order a croissant or pain au chocolat with your coffee, they are usually fresh from the best bakery in the quarter. Very few Cafe’s will offer a full American style breakfast, but those that do, do it very well, with a mix of eggs, juice, French jams, and Nutella.
Two of my favorite cafes for either simply having a coffee or grabbing breakfast in the morning, are in the 2nd and 3rd arrondissement, both in neighborhoods where you can take a little stroll when finished with your coffee.
Both have free Wi-Fi and a great ambiance for kids.
Cafe Marie Stuart
49 rue Montorgueil, 75002
Metro – Étienne Marcel – Les Halles – Sentier – 2eme Arr
01 40 15 00 04
Café du marché
37 rue de Bretagne, 75003
Metro – Filles du Calvaire
01 42 72 66 53