The quintessential Paris experience involves cafés, red wine, baguettes and cheese. Cafés have been a key part of the French capital’s identity for centuries: they are the city’s nerve centres, for discussing, debating and people watching. Here’s a list of the best cafes to get your caffeine fix before heading to Maison et Objet. Celebrated artists, writers, and musicians frequented many of these traditional Paris cafes and most have done their best to retain that old-Paris glamour.
Café de la Paix
Declared a historic site by the French government in 1975, this iconic Paris café is the setting and inspiration for many paintings, film and poems. The ornate frescoed interior and proximity to the Paris Opera Garnier make this classic look more like a museum than a simple luxury cafe.
La Closerie des Lilas
When coming back to the center of Paris from Maison et Objet, enjoy an afternoon café at La Closerie des Lilas, or stop in for a drink at the piano bar followed by a candlelit dinner in one of the comfortable banquettes.
La Rotonde de La Muette
A classic Parisian café, La Rotonde de la Muette has a beautiful luxury interior design. You can enjoy a formal meal inside or just sip a cup of coffee outside while you watch the world pass by. Offering far more than coffee, La Rotonde is somewhere you’ll want to visit time and again.
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Le Nemours is the perfect modern cafe to sit out with a cappuccino and people-watch near the Louvre. But don’t miss the opportunity to step inside, sit in one of the modern dining tables and gaze up at the ceiling, it will surprise you. It’s the perfect café to enjoy your morning in Paris before a busy day of design inspiration at Maison et Objet.
Les Deux Magots
An institution when it comes to French cafes, Les Deux Magots is where the literary and intellectual once met to discuss their ideas and theories. And you can enjoy a coffee in the same luxury dining room as France’s greatest thinkers.
Café de Flore
One of the oldest and most charming cafes in Paris, Café de Flore has seen many celebrities walk in to enjoy a coffee. This is the place to indulge in the luxury lifestyle.