La Rose de France

France - - Bon Appétit -

There’s lit­tle to ri­val sit­ting at an out­side ta­ble be­side a quiet square on the Ile de la Cité, watch­ing the world go by in a quiet and gen­teel man­ner as you sip on your café au lait. This has to be one of life’s im­mutable truths. La Rose de France of­fers just that de­light­ful Parisian ex­pe­ri­ence. Whilst nei­ther the most glam­orous nor tra­di­tional-feel­ing of cafés, this re­ally de­liv­ers all that one could hope to ex­pect. Out­side ta­bles with smart wo­ven chairs jos­tle for space, mean­ing that your neigh­bour will soon be­come a friend. Tourists sit shoul­der to shoul­der with chic Parisi­ennes, dog in tow, who clearly fre­quent the place ev­ery morn­ing for their cof­fee and crois­sant. The café fo­cuses on hot drinks, pas­tries and sim­ple savouries dur­ing the morn­ing, with a more so­phis­ti­cated menu at lunchtime and in the evenings. It is open daily from 8am - 10pm. In­side, the dé­cor is clas­sic French bistro meets a touch of draw­ing-room el­e­gance (think a touch of pur­ple vel­vet here and there). Brunch op­tions in­clude pas­tries and eggs in var­i­ous ways, while the main menu draws on lo­cal mar­ket pro­duce for its in­spi­ra­tion, with a good choice of clas­sic dishes. Menus are avail­able from €29.90, and main cour­ses cost from €22.

For most vis­i­tors, though, sim­ply sip­ping a cof­fee while ad­mir­ing the view across the tree-lined square, just paces from the Pont Neuf, is prob­a­bly the best pos­si­ble way to while away an hour - or sev­eral - in this lovely part of Paris.

24 Place Dauphine 75001 Paris Tel: (Fr) 1 44 54 10 12 larosede­

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