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 choice in coffe that Strada café offers is rich and the quality is satisfying. Whatever the preference, be it soy milk, filter coffee, particular kinds of coffee beans, all is possible. I usually go for a good old-fashioned noisette, stronger and more modernly presented than in a Parisian bistro.
Strada Café is very popular amongst freelancers, so do not hesitate to bring your laptops. However, 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!