I’m having my morning noisette under the shade of a chestnut tree that looms over the terrace of the Bar de la Croix Rouge. Off to my right is Cesar’s statue of Centaur and to my left the rue du Four angles towards me.
It’s 8AM and the café has been open since 6 making it a favorite of taxi drivers looking for a quick fix of caffeine who arrive one after the other in quick succession.
By nine locals from the adjacent boutiques and “shop girls” from the nearby Bon Marché stop for a café and a smoke before going off to face shoppers.
It is an unusually restful spot and if I hung around until lunchtime I would select from a wide array of sandwiches on Poilaine bread or perhaps a salade composée washed down with 25cl of good, cheap wine.
And guys if your wife or girlfriend is shopping, enjoy the parade of lovely parisiennes.
2 Carrefour de la Croix Rouge, Paris 75006