Sometimes a work rendez vous turns into a happy discovery of a new address…. last week I needed to meet a journalist in the middle of Paris and she suggested that we shared a coffee at the Café St Regis on the Ile St Louis. Of course I had often walked past there before but never been inside and tasted their warm hospitality.
The setting could make you think that the clientele would be entirely tourists, but actually many Parisians know that this is a great place for breakfast, lunch or cocktails, and for coffee in between. Waiters in long white aprons, and a comfortably vintage decor, this is the sort of café that I prefer.
I love their authentic decor, and their friendly service, and have since been back and discovered that they make a wicked Croque Monsieur for a lunchtime snack. With the warmer weather they’ll be serving outdoors too.
They have managed to keep an old world feel to the place, as you see from their business card, the sort of attention to detail I adore.
And if you are in Paris on a Sunday, and looking for a place to brunch, then this is an address for you. They have a special Sunday menu, that seems to cater to every taste….. this is definitely one for your address book!
6 de la rue Jean du Bellay, Paris 75004
All photos by James Pouliot