Marc Hafkin’s Cool Cafe Page.

Parisian cafés serve as a center of social and culinary life in Paris. They have been around for centuries in one form or another, the oldest one still in operation is “Café Procope” at 13 Rue Ancienne Comédie, since 1686.

Paris cafés are the meeting place, the neighborhood hub, the conversation matrix, the rendez-vous spot, the networking source, a place to relax or to refuel – the social and political pulse of the city.

The café business sometimes doubles as a “bureau de tabac”, a tobacco shop that sells a wide variety of merchandise, including metro tickets and prepaid phone cards.

Typical Paris cafés are not “coffee shops”. They generally come with a complete kitchen offering a restaurant menu with meals for any time of the day, a full bar and even a wine selection.

Paris cafés crystallize the quintessential Parisian way of sitting undisturbed for a couple of hours, delightfully watching the world go by. Some of the most recognizable Paris cafés include Café de la Paix, Les Deux Magots, Café de Flore, Le Fouquet’s, Le Deauville, as well as a new wave represented by Café Beaubourg, Drugstore Publicis and many more.

Café de Paris (London), West End-Leicester Square-Piccadilly nightclub which, since opening in 1924, has featured Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Gold, Maxine Cooper Gomberg, Ambrose, Harry Roy, Ken “Snakeships” Johnson and many others

Café de Paris (Bray), near Maidenhead opened in 1920s, has featured Cecil Woods Band, Teddy Brown and many others, managing Directors in the 1920s M Poulsen and LM Humphreys

Café de Paris (Geneva), brasserie on Rue du Mont Blanc, which opened in 1930 and is renowned for its single offering of steak-style dish, entrecôte Café de Paris, consisting of steak served with salad and very special sauce

Café de Paris (Rome), bar on Via Veneto, in existence, near American Embassy, since 1948, which gained international fame in late 1950s as gathering place for celebrities and fashionable society; site of iconic scene in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita

Café de Paris (Cubzac-les-Ponts), wine-making enterprise founded in 1967 and located around and within limestone caves at Cubzac-les-Ponts commune in Aquitaine region of Southwestern France

Café de Paris (Monaco), Monte Carlo restaurant which opened in 1985 adjacent to Casino Café de Paris and Hôtel de Paris, with interior designed as recreation of old Monaco circa 1900

Café de Paris (Vilnius), bar/cafeteria/cocktail restaurant on Didžioji Street, near Pilies Street in Lithuanian capital’s historic Old Town; established in 1994; popular as bohemian-style “hangout” for students, artists and tourists. Marc Hafkin’s cool cafe page.

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