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Boot Café

Tucked away on a quiet street on the edge of the 11th ar­rondisse­ment, this café is so small that if you were to blink, you would miss it.

But what this place lacks in size it makes up for in char­ac­ter. Housed in a for­mer cor­don­nerie (shoe re­pair shop), the blue façade has been main­tained while the in­te­rior has been ren­o­vated into a charm­ing space with colour-block chairs, eclec­tic post­card col­lages on the walls and gor­geous flow­ers in full bloom.

The menu is just as ap­peal­ing as the dé­cor, with sev­eral va­ri­eties of spe­cial­ity cof­fee as well as all the usual French bev­er­ages (think café crème, café al­longé, cho­co­lat chaud), which are served by friendly baris­tas. The cof­fee here re­ally hits the spot, as do the pâtis­series, which are cre­ated by a Paris-based Amer­i­can pâtissier, with high­lights in­clud­ing car­rot cake, blue­berry and banana loaf, salted caramel cake, and peaches and cream cake.

The café is open ev­ery day from 10am un­til 6pm and the at­mos­phere is de­cid­edly re­laxed with the main clien­tele be­ing young, hip Parisians look­ing for a good cof­fee fix on a Satur­day morn­ing and a place to hang out with friends.

19 Rue du Pont aux Choux 75003 Paris Tel: (Fr) 1 73 70 14 57

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