This blog post focuses on the all-time best pass time; drinking endless glasses of champs whilst people watching, when in the gorgeous city of Paris.
1. La Societe (4 Saint Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris):
I have written about this venue in greater length in my post Come Dine With Us, since we had lunch there, but you could equally pop by and bask in its beauty for a glass of bubbly or two! The restaurant is super beautiful and has both an indoor and outdoor seating area, which are just as chic & glamourous as each other.
There are also heaters in the outdoor seating area so even if it’s a chilly day, if the sky is blue La Societe provides a lovely environment to take a shopping & sight-seeing break. When we were there live music was playing in the courtyard and it was a stunning day; it was pure bliss & so tranquil. The food is also pretty darn good…
The service can be a bit hit & miss as the staff are used to Frenchies and tourists with fat wallets, but stand your ground and pretend you rule the world, since everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Plus the surroundings are worth a snooty waitress, trust me!
La Societe is hands down my favourite of all the drinking holes we visited.
2. L’Avenue (41 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris):
Tucked in a side street off the Champs-Élysées is this little gem. L’Avenue has the same owner as La Societe, hence the similar style, service, prices, attractiveness of it’s staff and clientele (and equally irritating and useless websites).
It is a people watching paradise, and is actually well-known for its celebrity spotting. It is, of course, also the perfect location for a well-earned rest after all that hard core shopping and walking, and provides a welcomed moment of relative peace & quite from the overcrowded main street.
3. Marriott Hotel (70 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris):
The Marriott Hotel is also a great place for a pit stop and alcoholic re-fuel when you’ve had enough of elbowing your way down the Champs-Élysées.
The bar is on the second floor with big windows overlooking the infamous road below, so you can still feel a part of the hustle & bustle, but with zero of the noise and dawdlers or, alternatively, you can sit back and snigger at their suffering whilst you treat yourself to a bit of luxury – whichever suits you best.
I’m not going to lie, as well as the beautiful environment and (usually) good service, my favourite part about going to overpriced places for a drink is the FREE SNACKS. At the Marriot Hotel we paid 20 euros per glass of champs, but these were served with endless salted peanuts, olives, crisps, strawberries and tap water. There was even a help yourself pick-n-mix by the loos! I also gained use of an iPhone charger and experienced all of this wonderfulness with an amazing view of the most renowned street in Paris.
As far as I’m concerned that’s actually excellent value for money and I would go as far as to say a bargain! Particularly when you appreciate that nowhere is going to be well-priced along the Champs-Élysées, so you may as well pay the extra margin for a far superior experience with a good view and a bunch of edible freebies.
4. Café Marly (93 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris):
Another absolute beaut of a place to stop for a glass of wine or cup of tea & slice of cake (or full meal if you so please) and watch the world go by. Located right beside Musee de Louvre with a row of smart, black tables and comfortable white armchairs sheltered by a beautifully ornate passageway, it is a picturesque place to sit, people watch and wile away an hour.
The service is top-rate, with prices to match, but it’s an experience in itself and the perfect place to sit and discuss all of the wonders that you have just perused inside the magical Louvre.
The cake ain’t half bad either!
5. Bistros along Rue Montmartre:
Rue Montmarte is just a truly lovely, laid-back, trendy area of Paris where our apartment happened to be located on this trip. It has an insane amount of restaurants, offering all types of cuisine, as well as super cosy cafes, authentic boulangeries & fromageries, immense chocolatiers, quirky wine bars and a huge amount of outdoor street seating where you can eat and drink and be immersed in chatter & happiness.
For those less interested in food & drink (you probably shouldn’t read my blog), there are also really awesome one-of-a-kind stylish boutiques as well as more well-known brands if you fancy buying some new clothes… Basically, it has it all.
Michael and I enjoyed numerous glasses of bubbly (clearly the drink of choice for this trip) at various of the many restaurants along the main street of Rue Montmartre; they are all equally great and relaxed.
I highly recommend you take a detour, or make this a destination to visit, as you won’t be disappointed.