Are the best cafes in Paris located in the central neighborhoods
? The ones in Montmartre, Marais, Montparnasse, and more are some of the most beloved in the city. Finding another place that offers as vibrant a cafe society as these famous districts is hard. But Versailles is up to the task! Technically speaking, the Versailles area is still part of Paris. It's just that the place is so different from the Parisian arrondissements that you can't help but separate it from the rest. Even its best cafes—Café des Arts, Café Marion, Les Biscuits de Madame Georges, Monument Café, and The Stray Bean—offer a different charm that you won't find anywhere else in the city.
Source: Le Café des Arts Facebook Page
Café des Arts
In the area that once housed French royals and aristocrats, what kind of food would you expect? French food, of course! Traditional cuisine is alive and well in Café des Arts, one of the best cafes in Paris. Located near the world-famous palace, you can taste the best of the best of the country's dishes here. Some pasteurized Camembert, one of the most scrumptious French cheeses out there, works well as an entree. Then for your main course, some classic Tartare de Boeuf would be the best choice. And what about some Mousse Chocolate for dessert? Sounds divine, doesn't it?
Café Marion on Rue Georges Clemenceau combines bistro-nomic charm and brasserie elegance for a hotspot that's fairly a hop and a skip away from the country's former royal palace. It's a great place to eat after exhausting yourself exploring the grand halls and gardens of Versailles, which is a lot if you've seen photos of them beforehand. After hours and hours of walking and capturing photos for your Instagram, a bowl of homemade rockfish soup will do you some good. As would some roasted cod skin with chorizo cream and steamed leeks. And for dessert, some warm apple pie.
Source: Café Marion
Les Biscuits de Madame Georges
Good luck getting a table at Les Biscuits de Madame Georges if you didn't reserve one beforehand. Locals and tourists alike love this cafe in Paris
, it's virtually impossible to just walk in and eat. The ever-present crowds are a testament to just how good their sweets are. And yes, this coffee shop and tea house are best known for their desserts. From tarts and pies to brownies and cheesecake, Les Biscuits de Madame Georges is a sweet tooth's paradise. You almost don't want to care about the tea or coffee. The sweets are enough!
Source: Les Biscuits de Madame Georges, Versailles Facebook Page
French cheese, provincial meats, and hot coffee. What do all of these have in common? You can indulge in them as much as you want in Monument Café on Rue Maréchal Joffre near Versailles. There are two absolutely great things about this place. Firstly, their menu is French food at its finest. Even haute cuisine connoisseurs would agree that the cafe's simplistic approach would charm even the harshest critics in Paris. And it's this humble sensibility that allows for more affordable prices, which is the second great thing about it. For as low as €26.00, you can enjoy a feast that's all your own.
Source: Monument Café Facebook Page
The Stray Bean
Finally, there's the Stray Bean on Rue Royale. The place is literally on the way to the Palaces of Versailles, so if you plan to go there, you can't miss it. But should you miss it? Is The Stray Bean just like any of the other cafes in Paris? Of course not! The coffee and food here is delicious, the ambiance is charming, and the service is excellent. Though you can say that about many of the other coffee shops in the French capital, it's different when the place is near one of the most beloved châteaus near Paris
Source: The Stray Bean Facebook Page
Even though it's fairly far from the central neighborhoods, Versailles actually has some of the best cafes in Paris. They have great coffee, scrumptious sweets, and all the charms you'd ever want in a French coffee shop!