I can imagine nothing more Parisian than enjoying a cup of coffee at le comptoir (= the bar of a café) or on a terrace. Although coffee is completely integrated into the Parisian bistro culture, the French capital has proven to be infatuated by the global coffee hype, expanding the coffee options on menus from three to thirty.
For a long time I thought that Strada café, located in both the Marais and the Latin Quarter, was a part of the Anglo-saxon invasion into old French cultures. My prejudice was due to the often international staff and presence of laptops during weekdays – poorly appreciated by the French: cafés are to eat and enjoy company, not to work! Actually, the owner is French and she just enjoys employing foreign staff, a healthy sign of an open mindset.
More importantly, the coffee at Strada Café is good. For those who appreciate variety, there are many options: soy milk, filter coffee and different sorts of coffee beans. I usually go for a good old-fashioned noisette, stronger and more modernly presented than in a Parisian bistro.
Another plus of their café in the Latin Quarter is that it has a little terrace, located in a tiny dead-end street, making it possible to actually work outside!
During weekends, no computers are allowed and it turns into a place for brunch and to enjoy free time. And: instead of closing during the month of August (very common in Paris) they actually stay open longer!