The cafes in Paris are famous all over the world and a trip to the city of light is not complete without the three-parisien experience of sitting down and having a good coffee with croissant in any one of them. But, having this feeling in Paris is not difficult at all, since what is not lacking in the city of light are cafes. Scattered throughout the city, you can find one on every corner and on every street, it’s even difficult to choose.But what are these Parisian cafes?
Paris cafés are establishments that not only serve coffee, as the name suggests, but also serve lunch and dinner. They started getting famous in the early 20th century when famous artists and writers frequented them. Figures like Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Picasso, etc. were only found in these cafes, whether to read, write, talk and philosophize. But, this habit of discussing politics and philosophy over a good coffee goes back well before the 20th century. It was in these cafes that Rousseau and Voltaire discussed the Enlightenment, Danton and Robespierre planned the French Revolution, and Victor Hugo thought of the Quasimodo and the gypsy Esmeralda.
Thus, the cafes of Paris were and still are part of the history and culture of the French.
But, even with so many cafes around the city, there are those that stand out more and are much more famous. You can’t go to Paris without meeting at least one of them.
That’s why I’ve brought you a list of the 7 most famous cafes in Paris for you to visit. Learn the history of these cafes, where they are, know the menu and the price of meals so you can plan well.
1.Famous cafes in Paris: Le café de Flore
Cafe de Flore is one of the most famous cafes in Paris. Frequented by artists and philosophers who starred in high debates while having an espresso or having a meal. Several important artists frequented the cafe but two stood out in particular. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre went to the café de Flore so much that they simply became great pillars of the Flore.
As I said before, cafes in Paris are not just places to have coffee, they also offer lunch and dinner options and are usually cheaper than restaurants See some menu items and the dishes of French cuisine that I recommend you try .
- Special espresso coffee – €4.90
- Coffee with cream – 5 , 90 €
- Cappuccino – €7.40
Dishes and starters
- Onion soup ( soup d”oignon ) – 15.00€
- Duck with salad- 26.00€
- Quiche Lorraine – €17.00
- Orange juice – 8.00€
- Coca – 7 .00 €
- Water – 6.70 €
- Port wine €15.50
2.Famous cafes in Paris: Café de la Paix
Located next to the Garnier opera house , the café de la Paix has been since 1862 the meeting point for Parisian intellectuals. Many important personalities frequented the café, Zola, Guy de Maupassant, Charles de Gaulle and others.
Coffee, over the years, became a very important point in Paris, until in 1975 the French government declared de la Paix as a national historic heritage site.
The atmosphere, the food, everything in the cafe is beautiful and tasty, but it is also one of the most expensive cafes on this list.
The dishes are very affectionate and cost between € 34 and €74 !! But, a good suggestion to visit this restaurant without leaving a kidney there is to eat the cafe de la Paix onion soup . A special and famous recipe for this classic culinary dish costs 22€.
3. Famous cafes in Paris: Les Deux Magots
The Les Deux Magots is located another Parisian cafe made famous by its distinguished clientele.
Opened in 1885, the café increasingly gained cultural importance in Paris even before asserting its literary vocation. Artists like Picasso, Hemingway, André Breton and Sartre and Beauvoir always showed up for the coffee.
The breakfast at Deux Magots is quite complete and the price is very friendly. You have options for 12, 20 and 26 euros that come with coffee, bread, fruit, cheese and so on.
Dishes and starters also have an affordable price. The first ones can cost between 22 and 34 euros and the last ones between 15 and 29 euros.
Address: 6 Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris, France – Open from 7:30 am to 1:00 am.
4.Cafés in Paris: Le Procope
The Le Procope is the oldest café in France and one of the oldest in the world. But that’s not the only thing that makes it more than just a cafe, it’s a tourist and historical point of the city.
Opened in 1686, by an Italian, Le Procope was frequented by important historical figures. Diderot, D’Alembert, Molière, Robespierre, Danton, Voltaire, Rousseau, Beijamin Franklin, Victor Hugo and others were always there . Rousseau debated Enlightenment ideas while Danton and Robespierre planned the French Revolution and decided who would be next to go to the guillotine.
Another important historical figure who has already appeared there was Napoleon I, who while walking through the streets of the neighborhood left his hat in the café as a guarantee that he would pay the bill. This hat is still there today and can be seen by customers.
The exact table on which Beijamim Franklin wrote the first lines of the US Declaration of Independence can also be seen in Le Procope, with the help of Voltaire.
But in addition to the history, Le Procope also has excellent French food.
Meat dishes cost between 16 and 37 euros and starters between 9.50 and 33 euros.
But, the restaurant’s menu is very varied and one of the coffee’s historic recipes is the Traditionnel coq au vin “Ivre de Juliénas ”, which is nothing more than chicken cooked with white wine in the house style. This dish costs 27 euros.
5.Cafés in Paris: Café le deux Moulins
The Le Deux Moulins began operating in Montmartre there to the early twentieth century. But he only became famous in 2001, due to the film “The fabulous destiny of Amélie Poulain” , a great classic of French cinema. The film was shot at the establishment because it was where the main character worked.
Since then, Les Deux Moulins still has several objects from the film in its interior, which has an atmosphere inspired by it.
Starter prices vary between 8.50 euros and 16 euros and there are several options such as Escargot de Bourgonhe – 8.50 euros and Onion soup at 9.89 euros.
The price of the dishes varies between 15.69 euros and 27.50 euros and there are options of salmon, meat, pasta, risotto and so on.
6. Cafes in Paris: Angelina
Super famous for its hot chocolate, which is said to be delicious, Angelina is not so much a cafe as a tea house. But, still I think it’s super fair to put her on this list.
Founded in 1903, the teahouse was once frequented by France’s most famous fashion designers such as diva Coco Channel and Chistian Dior .
In addition to its very tasty hot chocolate, another thing that draws a lot of attention in the teahouse is its architecture and decoration designed by one of the greatest architects of the Belle Époque.
In addition to being a tea house, Angelina is also a patisserie , a French pastry shop.
Sweets at Angelina cost between 7 and 9.50 euros and hot chocolate costs 8.50 euros . In other words, you will pay 20 euros just for a chocolate and a candy. Honestly, I think it’s really worth having breakfast at Angelina’s. I think the price ends up being more affordable.
You have 3 breakfast options;
- The Petit-déjeuner Parisien – You choose between 3 hot drinks; Angelina tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Please choose the last one, lol. But there’s also fruit juice, croissant, mini viennoiseries (a pastry that’s kind of flaky , only sweet) pain du chocolat , butter, honey and jam. Price: 2o euros
- Petit-déjeuner vitaminé – This coffee comes with everything the first comes plus fruit, cottage cheese, dark chocolate and cereal. Price: 23 euros
- Petit-Déjeuner Angelina – This one is undoubtedly the most complete of all because in addition to everything that comes in the first one, it also comes with eggs to your liking and fruit salad. Price: 29.50 euros