Are you planning to visit Paris but get tired of traditional tourist activities? Then why not take a bite of great chocolate, taste French pastries or simply spend a relaxing moment in a café? I am sure that visiting Paris cafes and places to taste French delicacies can give you a completely different vision of the city. This article aims to help you to find some ideal spots for your stay in Paris.
The Latin Quarter
The Latin Quarter, as a microcosm of Paris, can definitely not be ignored in your trip plan. It is always comfortable to take a walk in this quarter. We suggest you to slow down your pace and to let the quarter tell its own history. I bet you will never regret.
I suggest beginning this promenade by Jean-Paul Hévin, a traditional but also creative chocolate ferry. In this shop, you can find not only chocolate bars and assortments, but also some pastries such as macarons, cakes and tarts.
Later you can take a walk in the Luxembourg Garden, just in the surrounding.
Pierre Hermé is one of the best pastry chef in the world. In his shop nearby the Luxembourg Garden, you must taste his delicious macarons. What’s more, his classic pastries like Ispahan, Mont-blanc, are also worth degusting.
Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots
After these sweet experiences, it could be great to take a
break in the terrace of a café. Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots are two famous Paris cafés in the quarter of Saint-Germain-des-prés. They are both celebrated for their distinguished clientele, such as Pablo Picasso, Boris Vian etc.
A little break in the café gives always us energy to continue our tour in Paris. Not far from the Shakespeare & Company, you will find Patrick Roger, which is an original chocolate ferry. We can always see some beautiful outstanding creatures.
Gelati d’Alberto or Amorino
After taking a look in the Shakespeare & Company, I suggest two options of ice cream for the following tour in Paris. If you want to visit Notre-Dame de Paris, Amorino can be a sweet choice which helps you to kill time in the waiting line in front of the cathedral.
If you are more interested by the Musée national du Moyen Âge and Panthéon, Gelati d’Alberto cannot be missed.
If you are interested in these places, I suggest two itineraries:
Itinerary with Notre-Dame de Paris:
Itinerary with the Musée national du Moyen Âge and Panthéon:
Nowadays, Montmartre is a quite artistic district. You may want to take a self-portrait by a street painter, climb and enjoy the wonderful view of Paris city here. As well, I suggest cafes in Paris in Montmartre.
Café des 2 Moulins
The first destination of our tours of Paris cafe is the Café des 2 Moulins. If you are fan of the film “The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain”, then this place will absolutely attract you. You can drink coffee or have meals here. To avoid waiting for a long time if you travel with more than 4 people, I suggest reserving a table in advance.
A la Mère de Famille
Behind Moulin Rouge and Café des 2 Moulins, we find a shop of “A la Mère de famille”, which is one of the oldest chocolate ferries created in 1761 in Paris. Today, this shop is kind of like a museum of French confectionery: chocolates, caramels, candies, nougats, calissons… you will definitely fall in love with this place if you have sweet touth.
Maxim’s de Paris
If you want to take some macarons as gift to your friends and family, Maxim’s de Paris is one shop to stop by in Montmartre. They have a lot of flavors of macarons, Indeed, this shop sells also cookies, “crêpe dentelle” and jams.
I suggest you to pass by Christophe Roussel if you visit the Love Wall. Voted as “Top 5 chocolatier in France” by Gault et Millau, Christophe Roussel makes not only chocolate bars but also some creative packages like “kisses from diamants”. Of course, their cakes of the season are also worth tasting.
If you are interested in these places, I suggest an itinerary:
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