La Rose de France
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 larosedefrance.com