Overbrimming with cute cafes and always filled with the smell of freshly baked bread, Paris is an absolute dream! Following Hemingway’s footsteps to places he visited, below is a list of historic cafes in Paris. I’ve also included my favorite places to hang out and people watch during my study abroad in the city of food. (You can probably tell from the photos that I love omelettes.)
La Closerie des Lilas
Hands down my absolute favorite Parisian brasserie! Frequented by Hemingway and other celebrities old and new, the place lives up to its name with some of the most mouthwatering dishes. Be sure to try the haddock + poached egg + spinach in butter cream sauce – it’s INCREDIBLE. The duck + potatoes + peaches + candied almonds is also amazing!
Cafe de Flore
As one of the oldest and most prestigious cafes in Paris, Cafe de Flore has a history of famous clientele. This is a fantastic people watching spot, next to a bustling square with many shops.
Les Deux Magots
Right across from Cafe de Flore, this historic cafe competes with its list of famous patrons including Hemingway (of course), Albert Camus, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, Julia Child, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, etc.
A beautiful decorated restaurant with a lively atmosphere for a lunch meal, La Coupole offers great savory courses and sweet desserts. I mean, just look at those profiteroles!
La Rotonde Montparnasse
A famous historic cafe in the Montparnasse Quarter frequented by Picasso, La Rotonde’s interior is both glamorous and carries a bohemian charm.
You’ll be surprised what you find in little corner bakeries with a variety of pastries – I ate until my arteries were running butter! My favorite is definitely the pain au chocolat, or a simple flakey chocolate croissant. Never gets old!
La Creperie de Josselin
Not so much a historic cafe, but a well known creperie specializing in – you guessed it – crepes! There’s a wonderful homey atmosphere, and an abundance of sweet and savoury crepes to choose from (I recommend anything with nutella or the specialty crepe with egg, bacon and creme fraiche is amazing.)
Picnic by the Seine
By far one of the best experiences in Paris you can have is a lovely meal by the Seine. Pack up a basket of fruit, cheeses, cuts of meat and a bottle of wine and head to the river for an evening picnic!
With so many hole in the wall cafes, what are some of your favorite ones in Paris?
See the full Paris series:
- Landmarks, Monuments, and Museums to See in Paris
- The Best Experiences Not to Miss in Paris
- Following Hemingway’s Footsteps: Top Cafes in Paris
- High End Eats in Paris
- Best Desserts To Eat in Paris
- Day Trip & Weekend Excursions To Take Outside Paris