Meeting people and relaxing !

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While it’s possible to eat in a café, Parisians would more usually meet there over a tea or an aperitif and share an informative conversation, or just some fun. One can solve the world’s problems over a glass, discussing a specific theme or sharing one’s love of literature or the arts. To join in this very French experience using your own language, you may wish to try one of the establishments that offer get-togethers in English, or in Italian, around a glass of something (in the foreign language bookshops, for example) or in Spanish (before a tango lesson)…


If music is your passion, numerous cafés offer a musical programme where you can listen to French or foreign rhythms, you will find more details of these by clicking on the link below. Lovers of board games are also catered for, as well as darts, pool chess and cards players. You are bound to find a place to practice your strategy, technique, and above all have a good time.

Below are the addresses of some theme cafés that serve food. You can find out more from the Paris Tourism Office.




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Spécialities : Tex Mex

78, avenue des Champs Elysées 75008 PARIS
Métro : Franklin-D Roosevelt
RER : A-Charles de Gaulle Etoile
SNCF : Gare Saint Lazare
tél. : 01 53 83 78 27
fax : 01 40 75 04 93


Literary Café (ground floor):
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-19.00
In the Institute of the Arab World, you will also find:

- Ziryab (restaurant with a panoramic view,
open for lunch, dinners, cocktails, buffets, seminars – 9th floor)
1, rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard
75 005 PARIS
tel : 01 53 10 10 16
fax : 01 44 07 30 98
Open from Tuesday to Saturday 12.00-14.30 and 19.30-23.00.
Open Sundays 12.00-14.30
Tea room (Ziryab) open from
Tuesday to Sunday 15.00-18.00


- Moucharabieh (Self service – 9th floor)
Open from Tuesday to Sunday 12.00-14.30



30 rue de Bourgogne 75007 Paris
Tél : 01 47 05 06 03



172, bld Saint-Germain 75006 Paris
Tél :



4, rue Aubry le Boucher – 75004 Paris
lundi au jeudi : 8h30 à 21h00
vendredi : 8h30 à 22h30
samedi : 9h00 à 22h30
dimanche : 9h00 à 21h00


Le Carnet Gourmand

Find a guide to all of the restaurants that subscribe to the Tourism Office and the Congrès de Paris with the Carnet Gourmand!

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Published in association with the Société des Bonnes Tables (Good Dining Society), this illustrated, bilingual (French & English) guidebook will prove useful in your search for a good place to eat.

Over 200 restaurants are listed, classed by arrondissement, many of which subscribe to the Tourism Office or the Congrès de Paris.

The guide will give you an indication of the setting, atmosphere and culinary specialities of each restaurant, as well as accepted methods of payment, opening hours and any extra facilities offered, such as access for handicapped persons, terraces, wine cellars, parking, etc.

If you are dining on a budget, you will be interested in the price indication for each restaurant, which divides establishments into three categories: average menu below €30.00, average menu below €45.00, average menu above €45.00.

You can pick up the Carnet Gourmand for free at any branch of the Office de Tourisme or the Congrès de Paris. Equally, it can be found in any of the restaurants that are featured in the guidebook, as well as in many hotels.

For more information : category "Eating out".