We are creatures of habit in this city. These are some of the places we like to hang out:
Any of the cafes at the Edgar Quinet Metro stop: Cafe de la Paix, Cafe Odessa, Cafe de la Liberte.
Why do we like this intersection? It’s casual, low-key, totally unpretentious. Who are you likely to see? Nobody. Students, theater-goers oh, and maybe a few actors or actresses who are probably just as happy NOT to be recognized. And occasionally members of the Societe Litteraire – you KNOW who you are!
Any cafe in the St. Germain-des-Pres neighborhood that’s NOT on boulevard St. Germain, preferably in the labyrinthe of narrow streets that honeycomb the back sides of St. Germain-des-Pres church or St. Sulpice church.
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Did you know why a cafe can be almost always be found directly adjacent to a church? That’s the traditional hangout for the non-believers, Communists, etc. (this is according to a French acquaintance from our village – he may have been just joking).
Any cafe in the Marais.
Any cafe on Ile St. Louis.
Any cafe NOT on the Champs Elysees.
Jardin de Luxembourg cafe (there are two on either side of the main circular pond (either cafe is fine – but we usually go to the cafe closest to the bandstand – on a summer’s day there’s likely to be a free concert).