Traveling can serve as a humbling experience and can help make one modest as when people travel, they realize how enormous this world is and how small of a place they occupy in this world. When you travel, although, you search and explore different cities and cultures, but what you discover is yourself, you realize who you really are and what you are meant to be. Discovering anything involves a lot of wandering, so does traveling, and just like everything that glitters is not gold, everyone who wanders is not lost. What better place is there to wander than the Capitale de la France, Paris?
The intention behind this article is to inform the travelers and tourists, strolling around the allies of Paris with their comfortable backpacks on their shoulders, about the best cafés around the European global hub for art, fashion, culture and gastronomy. The cityscape of Paris, interweaved by wide boulevards and River Seine, having landmarks like Eiffel Tower and the 12th century Gothic Notre Dame cathedral, is influenced by its café culture. There is nothing more French, or rather Parisian, than making your way to one of the city’s thousands of cafés and taking some moments out of your day to sit with an espresso by yourself or with a loved one. Although, Paris is scattered, all over, with these fascinating and charismatic spots but there are some classic cafés that celebrated artists, illustrious writers, and renowned musicians prefer and that have done their best to retain that old-Paris glamor. Below are listed three, carefully selected, out of the best ones all across Paris.
Café de la Rotonde:
Café de la Rotonde originated in 1911. Believe it or not, but starving artists like Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani spent hours in this café sipping form a ten-centime cup of joe. Sometimes, they would pay with one of their work of art if they didn’t have the cash. Therefore, this café is still worth paying a visit because of its Art Deco grace and Old Paris vibe. This café is situated at 105 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 6th arrondissement.
Café de Flore:
This café is situated opposite one of its rival; right across the street there is another good café Les Deux Magots. Still, Café de Flore has the upper hand among both, although Le Café de Flore has changed a bit since World War II. It is one of the most visited cafés by travelers and a hotspot for tourists, and it merits a visit for its ambiance. This café is located at 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 6th arrondissement.
Café de la Paix:
This café was declared as a historic site by the French government in 1975. This café has served as a setting for so many paintings, films and poems. Its eloquent and elegant interior and its proximity to the Paris Opera Garnier make this café makes it resemble more to a museum than a simple watering hole. You can find this café at 12 Boulevard des Capucines, 9th arrondissement.