It’s the pretty interior and big window that made me curious to step inside the Boot Café, apparently the second version in Paris. An American furniture designer managed to bring a micro-size café (4 seats!!) in the Marais, which led to the opening of a bigger one in the area of Saint Germain des Prés / Saint Michel.
With 20 seats or so, this café can still very much be called intimate, although not claustrophobic at all. The influences from the owner’s hometown are clearly visible: the classic “nude” walls, high shelves where wine bottles serve as decoration rather than lunch accompaniments (or they must sell Beaujolais only), but also many plants, inspiring books… enough to make a snobbish Parisian accept this tiny American intrusion in one of its favorite areas.
More importantly, the food is deliciously fresh and the coffee utterly good. The menu is limited – just one hot dish a day – but as long as you are not too fussy about food, it’s guaranteed you will be served something satisfying and healthy (I enjoyed a bo-bun like dish with chicken and ginger—so good!) The pastries (muffins, cookies) are not cheap but look delicious.
Unlike the laptop on the picture suggests, the café offers no wifi – even your mobile phone has no reach. Perhaps the idea is to let you pick one of the large photo books from the shelves and rediscover paper? Also, they accept no credit cards, so be sure to withdraw some cash!