Here in Paris, if you didn't spend time in a café, did you really go to Paris at all? Café society is part of French culture. Even though most European cities are known for their charming coffee shops, there's just something so intrinsically Parisian about it. And if you traveled all the way to this glorious city, you might as well experience them yourself. After all, there is a lot on offer! Take the Latin Quarter
, for instance. This district is known for its bohemian crowd and, in turn, its chic cafés. The ones worth mentioning are Loulou, Shakespeare and Co. Café, Jozi Café, La Petite, and Café Delmas, and here's why!
Source: Loulou Paris Facebook Page
With its red and white-striped awning and chalkboard menu out front, Loulou is as charming of a Paris café as it can get! It's the kind you'll see in movies set in Paris that shows the dreamy side of the city. Located on the 5th arrondissement side of Boulevard Saint-Germain, the place lies on the edge of the Latin Quarter. And it lures in guests with its quaint facade and sweet aroma of freshly-baked pastries and well-cooked dishes. It's a great place for brunch in Paris too since it serves it all day long! What's not to love?
Shakespeare and Co. Café
Shakespeare and Co. was already quite famous as a great bookstore in Paris. As its name says, you can get a food Shakespear fix, as well as other authors, in their renowned shop. But when the café opened, it stole all the attention! Of course, the books still draw in many visitors from the different districts of the city
and beyond, but when they've picked out what they want to read, they immediately get a table, order a nice cup of coffee
, perhaps a veggie bowl or two, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. The ambiance, the food, and the books all make up this truly heartwarming culinary experience.
Source: Shakespeare and Company Facebook Page
Located on Rue Valette, you can easily spot this Aegean blue exterior from a mile away. With such a color scheme, Jozi Café certainly stands out against a sea of neutral-toned concrete. But what makes this place so memorable among Parisians and foreigners alike is its menu of delicious breakfast and brunch dishes. Think fluffy pancakes served with fresh fruit and drizzled with maple syrup. Or homemade banana bread that goes well with either coffee or tea. Jozi Café is the best place to warm you up before you head out to the nearby tourist hotspots. Not the least of which is the Pantheon which is only a hop and a skip away!
Source: Jozi Café Facebook Page
When you go to Place de la Contrescarpe and see some striking rattan chairs on a charming terrace area, you've spotted La Petite! One of the most pleasant cafes in Paris, it's a charming escape from the hustle and bustle of the public square. And though it's a great place for breakfast, brunch, or a mid-afternoon snack, it's become more famous for happy hour than anything else. La Petite is known for aperitifs, preparing your tummy for dinner and more drinks ahead. As for the food here, it's all about charcuterie! Bite-sized pieces of French cheese
and meat to pair well with their aperitifs.
Source: La Petite Cafe
And finally, there's Café Delmas which is also located on Place de la Contrescarpe. Though it's also known as a happy hour hotspot in the Latin Quarter, it shares equal fame as a great breakfast place too. In the morning, you can enjoy as many servings of pain au chocolate as you want. Dip them in some hot chocolate for an extra sweet culinary sensation! Then, come sundown, it's time for the cocktails. Beyond its aperitifs and wine
, Café Delmas is also well-known for its mojitos. They'll definitely keep you buzzing all the way into the night!
Source: Café Delmas Facebook Page
If you're trying to find the most charming cafés in Paris, look no further than the Latin Quarter. This romantic district offers up coffee shops filled with nostalgia, delicious food, and a cool vibe that's worth your while!