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You couldn’t come to Paris without sampling its world-famous café culture. After all, the quintessential City of Light experience involves espressos, pastries, red wine, bread and cheese – preferably all at once. Cafés have been a key part of the capital’s identity for centuries: they’re its nerve centres, the ideal place for debating, flirting and simply watching the world go by. You may be intent on dining in all the best restaurants in Paris, and visiting those innumerable iconic attractions, but don’t forget to make a pit stop at one of the city’s old-school coffee houses, with their steadfast menus and expansive terraces. Not even to mention the influx of world-beating third-wave coffee shops that have popped up around the Canal Saint-Martin over the past half decade. So pull up a chair and tuck in – these are the best cafés in Paris right now.
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