This is not, repeat not, the 5 cafes with the best dining or the most up-scale clientele or the most extensive wine-list. This is a list of those cafes that excel at being places to linger, watch the world go by and indulge in a little fantasy life in which you are meeting Catherine Deneuve later for dinner and earlier you had lunch with Jean-Paul Belmondo.
And he insisted on paying.
Numero Uno. Utopia because it is a successful mix of community- lead cinema and streetside cafe. About 100m from Rue St Catherine – turn left onto …..
Secondo Au Reve on Place de Marche de Chartrons which despite my regular falling-outs with the waiting staff has the right combination of ambiance, clientele, and drinks prices. Not that the drinks prices are an issue when J-P is paying.
Number three: Down the other end of town is a split decision: in the square around St Michel there is
Fourth: On Place Gambetta