The Latin quarter of Paris has to be one of the most visited parts of the city and is also where lots of the schools, well known sites, museums, hotels, and restaurants can be found. I personally have a favorite place in this neighborhood where I like to go to celebrate any event or any plain ol’ afternoon. Café Le Petit Pont is a great spot to stop and rest your feet on a beautiful day, or sit back and enjoy a nice cocktail to start the evening off just right.
Situated right next to the Shakespeare and Company Book store and looking out at Notre Dame ( minus one tree that blocks a TOTAL panoramic view) le Petit Pont offers a great view. And thanks to a small embankment between the terrace and the Quai St.Michel the café is separated from the road so you are not forced to yell over the 5pm traffic to gabber about how you still can’t take a guy carrying a bag and wearing a scarf seriously.
The food is a wonderful assortment with very good ingredients and faire prices. I personally am crazy about their salads that I find almost too large to finish every time. My favorite is the salade berger . Served in a bread bowl with haricots verts, mushrooms, olives, sun dried tomatoes, feta, and chèvre chaud this salad had become a staple of my diet this past summer. They also have a wonderful————— that gives you a great taste of French delicacies such as Rillette, confiture des figues, 6 escargots, fois gras and cheeses so for those of ou who want to try it all this is a great choice. They also serve up the typical and must-have Croque Monsieur.
Me enjoying the Vegitarian Lasagna with my friends Lynn and Bob Rayburn
For desert (or just to stop in for an icy treat) you MUST try the ice cream. They serve up a MASSIVE creation, which they claim to be ice cream for two, but only in MY family could it be considered so. Six scoops of absolute heaven swimming in chocolate sauce, brownies, nuts, cookies, fresh fruit, chocolate chunks and maybe a dozen other sinful things I am forgetting to mention: this will certainly the cherry on top of what is sure to be an excellent meal.
The atmosphere is just lovely with a well-heated terrace on those nippy nights, a nice cover for those scalding summer days, and the ideal location for a wispy breeze. The decor of the place is colorful and at sometimes cheesy but creates a jovial atmosphere that is sometimes lacking in the majority of French cafés. Anglophones will feel unthreatened and comfortable in this restaurant with a menu that is clear and concise and a wait staff that is inviting and pleasant. The servers are bilingual and put on a great show serving up fishbowl cocktails and homemade ice cream chef d’oeuvres with fireworks, bells and whistles (I’m serious about the fireworks)
This awesome presentation caught quite a few glances from other tables
One of my favorite things to do in the city is to invite a girlfriend out for her last night on the town to share one of their Cocktails à deux. At about 21 euros this “fishbowl” ends up being slightly less expensive than ordering cocktails for two so it really is perfect to share (or depending on the kind of day you’ve had keep for yourself)
With faire prices, good eats, interesting presentation, kind staff, and an idyllic location Café le Petit Pont is a must during your walking through the Latin Quarter.
For other restaurants in Paris checkout my category Restaurants in Paris HERE1 Rue Petit Pont 75005 Paris Metro St Michel A+EmilieinParis
Drinks with my girl Andrea on her last night in Paris.