7 Paris Cafes You Have to Try

Paris and cafe culture go hand-in-hand. If you’re visiting this romantic city, it’s a give-in that you’ll notice a lively cafe scene. Tables and chairs spill onto sidewalks, and smartly dressed Parisians sip coffee as they chat. Well-dressed waiters deliver baked goods to couples who look in love. In Paris, cafes are where the life is. So, book your taxi from the airport straight to one of these brilliant cafes.

Le Select

 

Want to skip right to most classic, Parisian cafe in the city? Start at Le Select. It’s a well-known and loved cafe-brasserie in the heart of Montparnasse. This cafe has certainly earned its reputation, especially because of its former patrons. Famous socialites like Hemingway, Picasso, and F. Scott Fitzgerald lingered over a hot mug here in their day.

Cafe de Flore

 

This has been a cafe staple since World War II. It hasn’t changed much over the years, except for the clientele. While it used to be a smokey hangout for artists and students, it’s now frequented by tourists and the upper class. With large mirrors and red booths, Cafe de Flore still has a similar ambience as before. Even if you don’t like spots for tourists, don’t write this spot off. It once was a safe haven for discussions between the likes of de Beauvoir and Sartre you know!

Le Procope

Have some history with your coffee at the oldest cafe in Paris. It definitely looks the part with antique paintings, opulent chandeliers, and a sophisticated atmosphere. The cafe was founded in 1686, and was frequented by prominent figures of the time.Furthermore, while you’re enjoying your espresso, you might find yourself in the same seat that Benjamin Franklin or Voltaire once sat.

Café des Deux Moulins

Familiar with the movie Amélie? This 2001 film by director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, is what made this place famous. Amélie is considered a cult classic, and several of the movie’s scenes were played out in this location. Today, the cafe is decorated with paraphernalia and photos from the movie, and is a popular spot for tourists.

Café de la Paix

This cafe looks more like a museum than a coffee shop. And in a way, it kind of is. The city declared it a historic site in 1975, and locals and tourists have been making a point to visit ever since. The cafe has been the setting for poems, paintings, and films. It was once a popular spot for local writers like Emile Zola and Guy de Maupassant. While it may seem a little crowded, definitely don’t skip this cafe.

Le Barbouquin

 

After you’ve visited the classic cafes, it’s time to check out the modern versions. Le Barbouquin is located in the hip neighbourhood of Belleville, and is covered in mosaics and graffiti artwork. It’s part coffee shop, bookstore, bar, and library. The food is said to be pretty delicious too!

Ten Belles

Another modern favourite, this quaint cafe is located near the canal. It’s considered ‘hipster’ by many, as the craft coffee selection is very refined. Their coffee comes from the local roaster, Belleville Brûlerie, which is well-known to Parisian coffee aficionados. They have a small lunch menu, and a line-up of house-made pastries too.

A visit to Paris isn’t complete without experiencing the cafes. So, get ready to get caffeinated and give these a try. You can book your taxi from Charles de Gaulle Airport here.

Travel Alone or with Friends?

Deciding whether to travel alone or with friends is one of the hardest and most important decisions you will have to make before planning your trip. Both ways can be very fun but also exhausting at the same time, so think about it carefully. Hopefully, the following pro’s and con’s will help you make that decision.

Travelling with Friends

It might be a good idea to travel with your best friend, your girlfriend or boyfriend, but could also end up in a disaster. Here are some things you should definitely keep in mind.

Pro’s

The biggest advantage is that you always have a friend to whom you can talk to. Of course, grabbing a drink or going for lunch or diner makes more fun if you have company. This way, you will never have to feel alone when you are in a foreign country. You can also split the costs for food, taxis or even beds. Therefore, it is way cheaper to travel with friends. Also, imagine getting sick. Be it the foreign climate or the different food, eventually at some point of your journey you will not feel good. Knowing to have a friend who has got your back is a huge mental help. Furthermore, it is a lot safer to travel in company.

Con’s

Despite the numerous advantages of traveling with a friend, there are some disadvantages as well. Fights are predestined when being with each other 24/7. Even if it’s the best friend or the most caring lover. Maybe you want to eat somewhere else, want to go to a different bar or a nightclub. Keep in mind, that different people have different views. So, if you are not on the same page it could be hard to make compromises in the long-term. Additionally, you are less approachable in a group which means, that you are less likely to meet new people. On the one hand, other people could get intimidated by a larger group of people. On the other hand, there is also the danger that you isolate yourself from the local culture. Simply put, you don’t have to approach other people since you have your best friend with you.

Travelling Alone

Travelling alone for a longer period of time is something, that everyone should do at least once in their life. It is a big opportunity to test yourself and to grow beyond your own limits. The following section emphasizes the pro’s and con’s of solo adventures.

Pro’s

Obviously, having total freedom is one of its greatest perks. You are able to do what you want, where you want and whenever you want to. Therefore, there will be no nerve-racking fights and argues about where to spend the day or where to go next. On the same time, travelling solo forces you to become more independent. Moreover, this will build your character since you will have to step out of your comfort zone on a regular basis. It will also raise your confidence when travelling through a foreign country, engaging new people and figuring out the solution for problems that will occur. Of course, you will get to know yourself better than ever before. Travelling alone is ideal for reflection, since you are not surrounded by any of the problems that you have at home.

Con’s

However, travelling alone brings a couple of drawbacks as well. For example, loneliness could be a big problem while your travel. Certainly, you will find yourself at a point, where you simply miss the human connection. Also, some activities are just more fun with friends. Going somewhere without being able to talk about it and to share the experience could make things feel underwhelming. Solo travel is also less safe then travelling with people. So taking the necessary precautions before starting your solo adventure is a must. For example, you should research dangerous neighborhoods before you arrive or get not too drunk when you are out with people you newly met.

Good Destinations to travel Alone:

Seville, Spain

London, UK

Bangkok, Thailand

Mexico City, Mexico

Lisbon, Portugal

The World Cup of Travel

The World Cup is all anyone can talk about right now, so we thought – let’s run our own World Cup…and so The World Cup of Travel began.

The World Cup of Travel follows the exact same format as the FIFA World Cup, only rather than competing on footballing abilities the qualifying countries will be competing on travel appeal.

Who will come out on top and lift the coveted World Cup of Travel trophy? Have a look at our results table below to find out.

So how did the matches work? If you want more info on all the action from each of our World Cup Travel matches read on below for the full lowdown on how it all played out.

Group Stages

Just like the FIFA World Cup, the 32 qualifying teams were split into the same 8 groups.

In each match, the countries competed against each other in 7 categories. These were:

  • Weather
  • Cost
  • Food
  • Culture
  • Nightlife
  • Nature & Beaches
  • Shopping

For each category, a country won they were given a goal, where the two countries drew on a category no goal was awarded.

Each country within the group play against each other in the same order as the FIFA World Cup group matches. For every match won the country was awarded 3 points, for a draw it was awarded 1 point and for a loss no points were awarded. The two countries in each group with the most points moved on to the next round.

Group A

Group A saw Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia battle it out, with Uruguay taking top place while Egypt was the runner-up.

The first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia was a draw, but both teams went on to lose all subsequent matches. Uruguay won all of their games thanks to their low budgets and tasty local cuisine.

Group B

Group B was a battle between Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Iran with Spain winning the group, while Portugal took the runner-up position. With its incredible range of UNESCO sites, lively nightlife and delicious tapas – Spain was a tough act to beat.

Group C

Group C was the turn of France, Peru, Australia, and Denmark. France was crowned the winner and Peru took the runner-up spot. While Australia and Denmark both pulled out their nature card, they couldn’t compete against the likes of France and Peru for culture, while France also held strong on food and nightlife.

Group D

Group D saw Argentina, Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria compete in what appeared to be a tough group. In spite of this Argentina managed to win all games thanks to its lively nightlife and cultural landmarks. Croatia managed two wins while Nigeria sadly lost all its matches.

Group E

Saw Brazil and Switzerland taking on Costa Rica and Serbia, with Brazil winning and Switzerland coming in as the runner up. Brazil won all of its games while Switzerland won 1, drew 1 and lost 1. Costa Rica managed 1 win against Serbia while Serbia lost 2 games and drew against Switzerland.

Group F

Group F was the turn of Mexico, South Korea, Germany and Sweden. In what may have been a surprising result for some, Mexico took the winning spot while South Korea were runners-up, meaning Germany and Sweden were eliminated. Mexico came out strong in all 3 of their games thanks to their delectable cuisine, sunny weather and low costs. While South Korea’s nightlife, food and low costs also gave it a good run.

Group G

Group G is the one the Brits will be watching as England took on Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. Much like the FIFA World Cup England came out on top with its cultural sites and traditional food making up for its lack of sunshine. Belgium came second overall after beating Panama and Tunisia in areas including culture and food.

Group H

Group H was the battle between Japan, Poland, Colombia and Senegal. Japan came out on top winning all of its matches thanks to its iconic food, breath-taking natural landmarks and buzzing nightlife. Poland took the runner up spot losing only to Japan.

Round of 16

Just like in the FIFA World Cup, the winner from each group went on to play the runner-up from another group. This followed the same order as the World Cup with the winner of Group A playing the Runner-up of Group B and so on.

Again in each match, the countries competed against each other in the same seven categories as in the group stages.

The winning teams to come out of this round and move on to the quarterfinals were Portugal, France, Brazil, England, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and Japan.

The full rundown of quarterfinal matches can be viewed below.

Portugal v France

Weather: Portugal

Cost: Portugal

Food: France

Culture: France

Nightlife: France

Beaches & Nature: Portugal

Shopping: France

Winner = France

Brazil v England

Weather: Brazil

Cost:Brazil

Food: Brazil

Culture: England

Nightlife: Brazil

Beaches & Nature: Brazil

Shopping: England

Winner = Brazil

Spain v Argentina

Weather: Spain

Cost: Argentina

Food: Spain

Culture: Spain

Nightlife: Spain

Beaches & Nature: Spain

Shopping: Spain

Winner = Spain

Mexico v Japan

Weather: Mexico

Cost:Mexico

Food: Mexico

Culture: Japan

Nightlife: Japan

Beaches & Nature: Japan

Shopping: Japan

Winner = Japan

Semi-Finals

In what was to be a very tough round of semi-finals we saw France come up against Brazil, while Spain took on Japan.

It could have been anyone’s game but Brazil came out as the winner in the first match beating France 4-3 thanks to its year-round sunshine, stunning natural landmarks and low travel costs.

Spain won the other semi-final match, beating a tough contender in Japan, but ultimately Spain’s cultural scene, nightlife and local cuisine just pipped that of Japan, while its Mediterranean climate was also a large winning factor.

Final

In an incredibly tough final to call, Spain came up against Brazil. Both countries were fantastic contenders with culture, nature, nightlife and sunshine to their name. It was a close game but ultimately Spain’s party scene across both beaches and cities and its impressive list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites gave Spain the edge allowing it to take the World Cup of Travel trophy

Winner – Spain.

Will the results of the FIFA World Cup be the same as the World Cup of Travel? We will have to wait and see.

 

Popular Airports:


Amsterdam Airport – Schiphol

Brussels Airport

Barcelona Airport – El Prat

Paris Airport – Charles de Gaulle

Tokyo Airport – Narita International Airport

Rome Airport – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport

Malaga Airport

Palma de Mallorca Airport

Berlin Airport – Tegel

Budapest Airport – Ferenc Liszt International Airport