Whenever in Paris, we hardly ever take our breakfast at the hotel.. I much prefer exploring the local cafés, watch friends meet for a coffee before work, regulars catching up with the waiters on the latest news, and the quartier getting ready for the day.
'Petit déjeuner parisien' at the Comptoir des Saint-Pères
I love Paris' left bank, and most of the streets and places depicted on my 'Rendez-Vous Rive Gauche' scarf are familiar friends. It was fun to wear the scarf while strolling through Saint-Germain, and to take some matching pictures along the way.
The 'Comptoir des Saints-Pères' at the corner of the Rue Jacob does not only serve excellent breakfast, but it also has a rich history.. it used to be frequented by James Joyce and his family, Ernest Hemmingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald (the Comptoir was called Michaud back then). Serge Gainsbourg lived around the corner (in the Rue Verneuil), and Jane Birkin a few houses further down the Rue Jacob (until 2000).
The 'Au Sauvignon' is another charming café, located south of the Blvd St-Germain (on the corner of the Rue de Sèvres and Rue des Saint-Pères, right opposite Hermès' Rive Gauche store), and a perfect spot for a drink or coffee after visiting the 'Le Bon Marché' or Hermès...
the table next to us at the Au Sauvignon ~ a small afternoon feast of foie gras accompanied by Poilâne bread..