My husband and I came across this cafe in January. It is one of those places that is always mentioned in guide books for Paris. While it was fun to sit alfresco and people watch but it can be a costly exercise. The espresso was ok but the experience is not worth the price (two espressos and an apple tatin for 18euro) Visit if you want to say that you have been to Cafe De Flore, don't go just for the coffee.
After getting up at 4:20am (ouch!!!) to get a plane to Paris I was excited to find out that Café de Flore was just meters away from my Hotel. Well my room was not ready yet and I was mega jetlagged from a whirlwind trip so I grabbed a table in this famous French café to see what all the fuss was about. If you are into people watching then you could sit here for hours & maybe that’s why the price of a coffee is so expensive as that’s what everyone does. So I ordered a Cappuccino and my colleague ordered an espresso. The service was prompt but the coffee itself lacked execution. Whilst my Cappuccino was perfectly drinkable the milk had so much froth on top that I thought maybe some dishwashing liquid was left in the pitcher before steaming began. See my photo attached after a sipped the top off. My friends’ espresso looked watery and over extracted but he said it was also drinkable. I guess you would go here just to sit and relax and enjoy the Parisian atmosphere but if it were purely for coffee I would give it a miss. Also 15 Euro ($30 AUD) for two coffees to me is a little over the top. I did however find a great little coffee bar called Café Verlet near the Louvre that is worth a visit.
One of the most famous cafés in Paris, Café de Flore is right in the heart of the classy Saint Germain district. It became known in the post-Second World War years as one of the favourite haunts of many intellectuals, such as the exiled Trotsky, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. It has retained much of its sophisticated atmosphere, with prompt (and frequently even friendly) service catering to Anglo-phone tourists, and a price tag to match its renown: (approx) 4.50 Euros for an espresso is about as steep as can be found in Paris (which is saying something). Nevertheless, after paying that much it's hard not to find something a little special in the beans as you sip and take in the intellectual aura of the place, reading up on some existentialism or people-watching on the busy Boulevard St Germain. I'll leave it to someone a little more affluent to try a café crème, though I'm sure it will leave nothing to be desired except something to fix the hole in your wallet). The food is particularly tasty too, but again comes with a restrictive price tag. In short, a deservingly famous café prototypical of Paris, worthy of a visit at least once for the experience, and more regularly if you can afford it.
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