One of the highlights of visiting Paris, is sitting in an Parisian outdoor cafe, watching the busy world go by.
During our recent stay in Paris, my favourite start to the day was wandering down the road to the local cafe, where we enjoyed some delicious, freshly baked, butter croissants and "pains au chocolats" (croissants with a stick of chocolate in the middle). These melt in your mouth delicacies were chased down by a wonderful, creamy cafe au lait. Take out is pretty much frowned upon still in Europe, although Starbuck's is rearing its ugly head in Paris. It was delightful to slow down and smell the coffee, served by snooty waiters who deemed you fortunate to be waited upon by them.
I'm happy to report that the cafe culture is alive and well and surviving in Paris.