Floral Awning? In Spring? Groundbreaking...
Springtime in Paris - living the dream right? Luckily, Paris is trying to keep spring blossoms up all the year through. It gives fresh meaning to "I Can Buy Myself Flowers..."
From florists (obvi), to butchers, locksmiths, boulangeries, and of course, iconic café awnings, the city is in full technicolor bloom. Let's take a P'Niche Peek at some of the most darling cafés that feature an abundance of flora (outside and inside.) Oh, and there will be teddy bears (and why not?!)
As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it was impossible to rank in order of loveliness, so will simply list in order of arrondissement. On y va / Let's Go!
Le Musset is a tumble of electric blue on the otherwise tranquil rue Saint-Honoré.
Snuggled in between the posh luxury shops on the famous rue Saint-Honoré and the Louvre Museum, this brasserie may be in "tourist central," but don't be fooled, the space is filled with locals.
It's one of P'Niche's own personal faves. Come for the florals, but stay for the absolute fabulous escargots (truly the best I've had), avocado toast, and a lively and bustling evening life - overflowing onto the most delightful terrace.
Address: 169 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
Métro: Tuileries (Line 1)
Le Café Crème is a quaint little fairy tale nestled in Le Marais.
Quietly known for a lovely breakfast and brunch, trust me when I say "try the Nutella French toast!"
A pretty good hot cocoa too...
The charming bo-ho, or bobo as it is known in French, décor carries from the interior and spills over onto the picturesque sidewalk seating.
Address: 4 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003
Métro: Temple (Line 3)
Cafe Blanchet is a lovely little spot, with offerings of a wonderful French onion soup, and a deliciously healthy quinoa bowl.
Live music makes the vibe just that much harder to step away from your apéro...
64 Rue Rambuteau, 75003
Métro: Rambuteau (Line 11)
La Favorite is definitely having its moment on the social media circuits. Don't let the well placed pink delight of this Influencer / Blogger's dream fool you, the food is definitely worth the hype.
A wonderful brunch, offered by friendly wait staff, can be found here. As a P'Niche PSA and note of caution, you might find the prices might to be a bit steep, but one bite of the marvelous truffle pizza, and you'll be glad for this little indulgence in the center of town...
4 Rue de Rivoli, 75004
Métro: Saint Paul (Line 1)
Café le Paradis is also located in the Marais and a touch more affordable - without scrimping on the floral charm.
More eclectic in its vibe, it's also one of the best burgers I've had in Paris (the table next to me was indulging in the burrata, and I sure was jealous - next time!)
76 Rue Saint-Martin, 75004
Métro: Hôtel de Ville (Line 1,11)
Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole, located on the Île de la Cité, is a visit that you have to time just right, as it showcases real flowers - absolutely heavenly cascades of Wisteria (so if you are visiting in late March / April, you should be in for a visual treat.)
This historic restaurant is well suited for group table reservations (upstairs) and the owner and staff could not be more welcoming and kind.
Even better, if you are ordering bottles of wine for your table, they allow you to go down to their petit wine cave to choose your bottle/s yourself! Truly a wonderfully unique experience...
24 Rue Chanoinesse, 75004
Métro: Cité (Line 4)
La Diva des Prés, with its name in lights, offers a wide menu - a great brunch, but P'Niche's favorite time to hit this gem is for late evening cocktails.
They also offer a lovely selection of sharing plates / charcuterie for your midnight nibbles and people watching.
Oh yeah, and the "Croque Truffle." You'll thank me later...
79 Rue de Seine, 75006
Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Line 4)
Café Cassette offers a truly laid back vibe, perfect for Sunday brunch, with vegan options available.
The butternut squash velouté is truly scrumptious and worth the trip alone.
73 Rue de Rennes, 75006
Métro: Saint Sulpice (Line 4)
Maison Sauvage is another hot spot on everyone's social media feeds and the menu does not disappoint.
If you have a craving for American style pancakes - and a lot of them - this is the place! The evening menu is just as delightful.
5 Rue de Buci, 75006
Métro: Odéon (Line 4, 10)
La Closerie des Lilas was THE American writers' hangout in the 1920s. Think "Midnight in Paris," starring Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and John Don Passos - and make it fashionably delicious.
Hemingway even gave the site a shout out in his Parisian memoir, A Moveable Feast.
171 Bd du Montparnasse, 75006
Métro: Vavin (Line 4)
Auguste is not only about boasting a floral exterior (which happens to be charm overload).
Chef Gaël Orieux's jewel box restaurant has been awarded the illustrious honor of 1 Michelin Star. This one is definitely on P'Niche's "to try" list.
August 54 Rue de Bourgogne, 75007
Métro: Varenne (Line 13)
La Flamme is quite unique in that you not only have the gorgeous floral awnings, but also just down the street, you have a clear side viewpoint of the Arc de Triomphe.
It's a great lunch seat, and from there, why not take a stroll up to the gorgeous Parc Monceau?
6 Av. de Wagram, 75008
Métro: Charles de Gaulle – Étoile (Line 1,2,6)
Triadou Haussmann is a long standing spot in the very residential part of the 8th arrondissement. I was invited to a family ladies' luncheon here, and let me tell you the food is good - really good.
It's the perfect place to kick back after a full morning of shopping at the nearby Galeries Lafayette.
80 bd Haussmann, 75008
Métro: Saint Augustin (Line 9)
Mamy Rosa is a great option for those of you staying off the beaten track. It is situated between the Luxembourg Garden and Cemetery Montparnasse and very close to Tour Montparnasse.
Let's call vibe "quality street food with a decidedly French twist."
The menu has a wide selection. Choose from brunch, lots of burgers, churros, ice cream and even cotton candy.
There is something for everyone and every appetite to be found in this "only known to the locals" hotspot.
They also offer takeaway/delivery services for those staying in hotels or Parisian apartments nearby.
28 Rue d'Odessa, 75014
Métro: Edgar Quinet (Line 6)
Le Vrai Paris is just steps away from the ever romantic Mûr des je t'aimes / I Love You Wall.
This lively (and always busy) spot is well known for its lamb shanks, steaks, and even a nice risotto.
The inside is equally as picturesque, decorated in the style of the early 20th century.
33 Rue des Abbesses
Métro: Abbesses (line 12)
Still a little to chilly for you to hang out en terrase? No worries! We've found a few gems with flowers blooming on the inside...
Lily of the Valley Patisserie is a most whimsical coffee shop.
You can have your cocoa, coffee, and cake under a canopy of fruitful blooms. And if you are in need of a more "traditional" birthday cake, this is the place!
174 rue du Château, 75014
Métro: Pernety (Line 13)
Pinky Bloom is jusssssssst starting to flood your social media feeds and it is easy to see why...
Not sure what is more beautiful, the décor or the absolutely scrumptious food. The brunch offerings are just heavenly and the staff and ambiance are superb.
You will definitely find yourself snapping photos of your pink bloom perfection!
68 Av. de New York, 75016
Métro: Passy (Line 6)
You could also get off at Trocadéro (Line 9) and enjoy a stroll past the Eiffel Tower.
Le Choupinet is not known for its floral awning or décor - but for its teddy bears!
Teddy-Bear-Snuggled in between the Luxembourg Garden, the Pantheon, and the Sorbonne, the spot is really too cute to pass up.
It was a great lunch and drinks spot post Pantheon visit, and P'Niche tells no lies when she says - she darted headlong into active traffic to grab a table next to to teddy bears! #WorthIt.
58 Bd Saint-Michel, 75006
Métro: Odéon (Line 4)
What do you think P'Nicher? Which fully frontal floral delight will you visit first? Let us know in the comments below et à bientôt!