You can tell that autumn really is here at last with how cold it has gotten. You can't exactly ignore the cooler weather, can you? And it's a season like this that makes for a perfect excuse to spend as much of your time in the cafes in Paris as possible. Apart from your hot cup of coffee, you'd stay for the beautiful scenery, the soothing ambiance, and the unmistakable charm of it all. Even in a bustling and somewhat racy district like La Pigalle Quartier
, there are cafes like Café Pigalle, La Compagnie du Café, Café Marlette Martyrs, Yorgaki Cafe, and Café Père Tanguy to give you that feeling!
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Located on Rue Frochot in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, Café Pigalle is the central hotspot of the district. Other neighborhoods of Paris don't even have a cafe that's named after them. This one does and it's a perfect cafe to enjoy time in the quarter. The place serves as both a coffee shop and a bar, not to mention a first-class restaurant that serves exceptional dishes. From 7:00 am to 2:00 am the next morning, you can indulge in as much haute cuisine here as you want. From regional dishes to Paris favorites, it's all about the delicious French food here in Café Pigalle!
La Compagnie du Café
With a name like La Compagnie du Café, you can already tell that this is one of the cafes in Paris that's all about coffee. This isn't to say that the others don't focus on the warm caffeinated drink too. It's just that places like La Compagnie du Café center their entire place for coffee. Apart from the different ways to serve coffee
, this cafe also offers up exotic beans, coffee subscriptions, and even tools that can make you feel like you're a barista! And while all of these allow you to brew your own coffee at home, you come to La Compagnie du Café for the charming ambiance and the cool Pigalle vibe!
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Café Marlette Martyrs
Fancy some sweets with your coffee? Then head on over to Café Marlette Martyrs on Rue des Martyrs. You might be confused considering that a good portion of this historic street is in Montmartre
but the part where this cafe is located on is still in La Pigalle Quartier. And just like this famous (others would say infamous) district, Café Marlette Martyrs is all about giving you quite the sensation. A sweet sensation, that is. The pastries here are out of this world, ranging from chocolate-dipped chocolate chip cookies to Noix de Pécan brownies. What's not to love?
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If you think Yorgaki Cafe sounds a little too different from all the other cafes in Paris, it's because the place is more of a Greek cafe than a French one. They still serve some French treats here and there, but you go here mostly for the Mediterranean goodness! Think flavorful Hummus served with pita bread, rich Greek yogurt, and the like. Although there are plenty of other Greek restaurants in Paris, this is arguably the best one in La Pigalle Quartier. Even its charmingly humble setup will make you feel like you're on a remote Greek Island!
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Café Père Tanguy
And finally, there's Café Père Tanguy on Place Gustave Toudouze. It's the cafe with big teddy bears sitting out in front, serving as an adorable sign to draw people in. It's admittedly effective in grabbing people's attention off the street, a marketing ploy that other cafes in Paris don't have. But what about their food? Is Café Père Tanguy any good? Of course, the answer is yes! From perfectly cooked salads to well-made meat and seafood dishes, you'll get your fair share of haute cuisine here. Make sure to try their shellfish and prawns! They're the most delicious on the menu!
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Though there are lots of cafes in Paris, the ones in La Pigalle Quartier are something special. Perhaps it's because they're located in such a racy part of the French capital? Or perhaps they simply serve great coffee and delicious food.