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Cafe de Flore

172 Bld Saint-Germain, Paris, France
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As featured in 3 days in Paris
Ranked #58 of 281 Nightlife in Paris
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Activities: Dining
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This historic café captures the ambience of Paris of old all the way down to its cramped quarters.
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New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Went here for the history and because it was so close to our hotel. We had a quick breakfast of cafe creme, tea, croissants and pastries. It was actually pretty wonderful. I enjoyed the cafe creme so much, I ordered extra coffee. Pastries were really good. Nice Parisian ambiance also, as we sat outside. Waiter was even friendly. My only... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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122 reviews 122 reviews
29 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We actually planned to eat somewhere else for breakfast but being August it was shut when we got there and we had traipsed across town on the Metro. We wandered down the main road and there were lots of people inside so we gave it a go. We had no idea of the history of the building (I have just... More

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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I feel surreal to sit in the coffee shop that has the same setting of what it was 90 years ago, hosting those most intelligent people at the time, such as Chinese premier Zhou enlai..

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

In all honesty, it's a nice cafe - it really is, and we enjoyed being there but probably not for the right reasons. It is not at all exceptional. It's not even in a particularly good location since you can't see anything other than the main road (Bd St Germaine). It has history of course, but then you will know... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Parisian coffee monument like you see in a black and white old movie. Open balcony letting the warm sum light the indoors. Just sitting there for a couple of hours filled our batteries for the whole trip (so we decided to come again for a late lunch)

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Hartford, Connecticut
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Given the history of the café, it's a great place to walk by and maybe have a cup of coffee. I popped in here for lunch on my first day in Paris without realizing the historical significance and left wondering why it was so popular... Service - We got a table right outside in the middle of everything. This was... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Came here with friends on a trip to Paris, loved the idea that chloe hosted her first show in here, as fashion students had to visit ! It was overpriced but the food was good! Recommend the hot chocolate ! Would say that order your drinks all at once as the waiter won't make a second trip for a drink... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This wonderful though overpriced French café is the place to be in Paris. Tables are often hard to come by however, when you are lucky enough to get one you are able to stay as long as you like without being rushed at all. Very little English spoken but you feel welcome none the less. Fabulous club sandwich accompanied by... More

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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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76 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is in a great area and grabbing a coffee at the Cafe de Flore is a nice way to spend an hour, and people watching. Yes it is a little more expensive than many place, but it felt worthwhile. A great old building as well and looks even more beautiful at night.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The good news is that you can get the classic "French" service for the 15% service charge already included with your bill, this way you don't even have to figure out what to tip. What a bargain! If you must go for the "history" stay out on the sidewalk and just order the overpriced drinks. I must confess that we... More

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