Residents and visitors to the City of Light find the quaint sidewalk cafes of Paris hard to pass by.
Literally meaning “fly boats,” the name actually derives from the place where the boats were originally There is something about the dainty espresso cups and saucers, the lively conversations and the overall relaxing atmosphere that tends to draw you in as you walk by.
Paris cafes are a quintessential part of both life and tourism in Paris. Naturally, when one thinks of Paris, there are images of the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre that come to mind, but at some point, it always goes back to the sidewalk cafes.
For Parisians, the cafes offer a respite from a hectic city life and allow for relaxation, gossip and some of the best coffee in the world. For tourists, the cafes offer an opportunity to chat with locals or other tourists, to people watch and to relax is a classically Parisian manner after a long day of sightseeing.
Whether it is the rows of tables and umbrellas that line the Avenue des Champs=Elysees, or the quaint corner cafe that beckons you on your way to the Arc de Triomphe, Parisian sidewalk cafes are a cultural mainstay and an essential part of Parisian life.