With so many of my readers spending time in Paris this coming season, I thought you may like some suggestions for places to sit and enjoy a coffee, a snack, a proper déjeuner, and ... watch the Parisian world go by.
Here are some of my favourites, chosen for their position in the city, a good terrace, the amiability of the waiters (please don't hold me to that!) and for their all round Parisian-ness.
The Bistrot St Dominique, over 100 years old, great position in the 7th arrondissement, traditional French cuisine, and just across the square
La Fontaine de Mars, specialising in the wonderful cuisine of South West France, great service too. A must-do.
The super big, but so well positioned Café Nemours, place Colette, just behind the Louvre. People watching has never been easier, pricey but chic and reliable.
The Café Guitry is tucked away under the arcades of the theatre Edouard VII in the 9th arrondissement. A great terrace to sit at because there is no busy road with cars flying by, and if it is hot, then a place in the shade is quite delicious.
L'Absinthe good food, good atmosphere, good address - what more could you ask for?!