In Paris, there's so much great food to eat that it's almost possible to forget about the drinks. After a week eating my way through Paris, I was so stuffed with Au Passage’s chocolate blood ice cream and Verjus’ succulent pigeon, I realized that if I were actually going to try all the great beverages I had on my list, I was going to have to make a concerted effort. To accomplish my goals, I’d have to go on liquid diet. (Diet is a strong word; even with all the traversing from one end of the city for hot chocolate to another for beer, I had a net positive calorie intake.) I spent an entire day in Paris, where beverages were king and food all but forgotten. (I did have some cheese.)
Here, a daylong guide to drinking your way through Paris—with nonalcoholic pit-stops along the way. I raise a glass, a mug and a beer bottle to any soul ambitious enough to duplicate my all-day-all-drinks Paris experience.
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The Perfect Cappuccino: Café Loustic
Paris is finally figuring out coffee, and my favorite place to drink it is this adorable spot in a narrow Marais alley, where friendly British owner Channa Galhenage makes a perfect cappuccino. Its milk components were graceful, its coffee components strong as a bull, yet it made all transitions with the utmost dignity. Most important, unlike the historically bad Parisian coffee that leaves one anxious but groggy, Galhenage’s creation left me feeling—as great coffee should—revived and relaxed. 40 Rue Chapon, 75003. www.cafeloustic.com