For the visitor, getting to know the cafe is the best way to reach the city beyond the tourist haunts, to really discover the city, its people, its pace, its charm.
LA TimesUsing a mix of history, gossip, personal observation and guidebook information, Christine Graf has done travelers a great favor with this charming guide...One afternoon in a cafe gives you more of a sense of the city than visiting a dozen museums.
Library Journal - Library JournalGraf, who has been visiting Paris annually for 25 years, has compiled a compact, attractively priced guide to Parisian cafes. Each chapter is organized around a theme, ranging from the American cafes favored by Hemingway and the Lost Generation to the Left Bank cafes frequented by Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, the artists' cafes of Montmartre and Montparnasse, and Inspector Maigret's favorite haunts. The guide is packed with anecdotes about French and American literati and artists. Even if the reader is not planning a trip to Paris, these anecdotes alone make the book worth reading. Listings for cafes include information about location, telephone number, hours, prices, nearest Metro station, and maps. Additionally, there is a brief description about the ambience and decor of each cafe, a chapter in which Parisians discuss their favorite cafes, and a section on where to obtain the cheapest coffee in Paris. It is a pity there are no photographs. This is nice coverage of a subject that usually gets cursory treatment in most guidebooks. Recommended for general travel collections.Ravi Shenoy, Hinsdale P.L., Ill.
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