A cafe terrace is the place to go, of course, but choose it carefully: not too much sun, not too much shade, not too much traffic noise. Some of the best are on the Left Bank; for a concentrated shot of what has always made Paris Paris, everyone should experience the Deux Magots or its neighbouring Flore (if you can bear spending that much on a coffee) once in their lives. Remember: Verlaine, Mallarme, Beckett, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Dali, Eluard and Picasso were there before you.
170 Boulevard St Germain; Metro: St-Germain-des-Pres
Stroll around this most Parisian of Paris parks for a morning: all the city, sooner or later, will be there, from well-brought-up sixth arrondissement children in the excellent play area to starstruck lovers, elderly chess players, boulistes, nutters, book addicts, tai chi practitioners, joggers, bag ladies and model yachtsmen.
Nearest metro: Odeon
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