Café Life Paris
Book Review - Excerpt 2
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Café de Flore
This abridged profile is from the "Legends of Literature and
Art" section of Café Life Paris:
"We had been cool towards the Café de Flore, thinking it
overpriced, popular without a popular reason for being so, trading too much
on its repnutation and historical associations. But we have to admit, there
is something appealing about the Flore. On a cold October afternoon early in
the week, with hardly a tourist in sight, the Flore is crammed, and by the
sound of it, most people are delighted to be here.The 4-euro espresso tastes
strong and good, served in the signature green and white Café de Flore cups.
Add another 3 euros and you get coffee with a trace of Scotch, not a bad
idea on a really frigid day.
"Of an afternoon, try the smoky ambiance of the Flore, with
its Deco lighting, pale walls, warm wood, red moleskin banquettes, and
chattering clientele. Young couples meet here; we also noticed a pair of
well-dressed women at an afternoon's end, and some prosperous-looking
businessmen. They drink coffee, hot chocolate, small glasses of red wine.
"Here are family groups, with many people not looking
especially formal. Jeans are the fall uniform of many, regardless of age.
Waiters appear in the classic black vest and pants, contrasting with their
white shirts, and the spotless long white aprons wrapped around them. A
perky black bow tie sets it all off. They rap out loud, clear, precise
directions for someone working behind a screen: 'Un thé, un!' 'Deux
Book review: Café Life Paris