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Cafés of the World: Paris

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

It’s no secret that part of what inspired The French Workshop was the laid-back culture of the classic Parisian sidewalk café. Having a coffee and croissant en la terrasse while reading James Baldwin or Sartre all seems to be the height of French sophistication—an ambience you can also expect at all four of our TFW locations. Here is a list of cafés that are all about the café life, á la voie parisien.


CAFÉ DE FLORE 172 Boulevard St. Germain

One of the oldest, and perhaps most famous, cafés in Paris is Café de Flore. It quickly gained recognition by being frequented by the likes of Picasso, James Baldwin, Ernest Hemingway, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Albert Camus. The café boasts all the trappings typical of a French café, including seating on the sidewalk, where one can get caught in discussion and debate, or simply people-watch.

LES DEUX MAGOTS 6 Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Considered Café de Flore’s rival, Les Deux Magots was another café where Paris’ literary and artistic thinkers held court. The café was famously featured in a couple of films, most notably Gérard Oury’s The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob and Jean Eustache’s The Mother and the Whore.

CARETTE 4 place du Trocadéro

Though established in 1927, Carette has gained a trendier following in recent years after opening its location under the arcades at Place des Vosges. It is famous not only for its more savory fare, such as its sandwiches and scrambled eggs, but also for its decadent hot chocolate.


All images via Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots, and Carette Instagram pages.

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