Summer Café in Paris …

Café Le Zimmer

It is always a pleasure sitting around the Cafés in Paris not only to watch passerby and dream away but it is interesting to know that some of these cafés have been there for awhile. What fascinates me are these old fashion silvery bar counters usually decorated with ornamented carved edges. These traditional French bar counters were also popularly known as zinc bar (les Zincs) even if this particular metal was never actually used as the counters were originally made from metal alloy of tin and lead. Although many of the original ones have long vanished some can still be seen in certain cafés and with newer ones made to copy those of the old café bistro styles. There are many traditional cafés that reflects old Paris but here are just a few located in the right bank. If you happen to be around the Châtelet area stop by Café Le Zimmer with its authentic late 19th century ceiling refurbished by Jacques Garcia the reputed interior decorator. Founded in 1870 by the Zimmer family from Alsace, the brasserie was once an extravagant dining place and being just next door to the Châtelet theater it soon became popular with artists … Amongst the famous figures who came were Sarah Bernhardt, Igor Stravinski, Gustav Mahler, Nijinski, Serge Diaghiliev, Claude Debussy and many others. A cozy place Le Zimmer is nice for breakfast or to just sit around and relax. Au Petit Fer à Cheval in the Marais with its horseshoe shape bar counter is another interesting place to discover. Come early as this little place gets quickly full, if so there is another lovely room with wooden benches just behind the bar counter.

Au Petit Fer à Cheval in the Marais area

L’arbre à Cannelle with its authentic 19th century painted wooden paneling in the historic Passages des Panoramas is another walk into old Paris. This lovely place once a chocolate and confectionery (chocolatier) shop is definitely worth a visit …

Coffee break at l’Arbre à Cannelle

For those familiar with the art world and galleries of the left bank a place to be and to be seen is at La Palette …

The popular left bank Café La Palette

And somewhere in between time at a Parisian Café …

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