First, have the right attitude. Paris is a city that likes to be watched. Parisians dress well and promenade past the cafes where the rest of the city sits for hours just watching people go by. In Paris you are expected to linger over one cup of coffee for up to an hour or so, just looking, reading, writing in your notebook so don’t ever feel rushed. Next you’ll want to find the café that is right for you. Each neighborhood has a slightly different flavor:
This lovely old medieval district, the oldest part of Paris, is just buzzing with cafes and chic shopping. This is a great place to take time out from the museums and must-see sights to experience life as the Parisians live it. Head for the Au Petit Fer a Cheval (Horse Shoe Bar) at 30 Rue Vieille du Temple , 75004 (the main street through the district) and see if you can bag one of the highly desirable outside tables. Opposite is La Belle Hortense – a bookshop which doubles as a bar.
Photo courtesy of Tim Walker via Flickr.