Photo courtesy of Le Flore en L'Isle Café on Ile St. Louis photo copyright Paige Donner 2014
This café serves traditional favorites such as quiche Lorraine, soupe à l'oignon gratinée (onion soup), Berthillon icecream and a selection of coffee and tea. It's a favorite with both locals and... Read More
This café serves traditional favorites such as quiche Lorraine, soupe à l'oignon gratinée (onion soup), Berthillon icecream and a selection of coffee and tea. It's a favorite with both locals and tourists because of its direct view onto Notre Dame. It can be a bit pricey, with a couple scoops of ice cream costing as much as your lunch, but you're free to linger over it all afternoon long, if you like. And if you are good at ignoring the waiters' not-so-subtle hints to move along. Still, there are few little corners of Paris so authentic and so beautiful as this one, right there along the quai of the Seine with the Cathédrale de Notre Dame perfectly in your sight line. There's often even an accordian player on the bridge just in front. You know, just to add that I-must-be-in-Heaven feeling to the scenario.
42 Quai Orléans
- Cafés: "Sip, sit and enjoy. For as long as you possibly can! This picturesque little cafe on the Ile St. Louis offers a vantage point onto Notre Dame and the banks of the Seine that are unparalleled. As is the people watching."
- Best for Cafés Because: Ile St. Louis is one of the most endearing neighborhoods of Paris; taking your time over coffee, tea and a sweet treat is a must.