Paris-Opera and Les Halles
May 11, 2018
Located mere steps from the bridges and lapping waters of Canal Saint Martin, Café A is an art-infused garden oasis hiding within the faded white stone walls of the former Les Récollets convent. The convent is one of Paris’ most cherished 18th century architectural gems and Café A pays it proper homage with a laid back – yet hip – venue that pays those who make the effort to find it back in spades. Like many tranquil locales the world over, part of the allure of Café A is that it isn’t easily discovered. Once you have arrived at the facade of the Les Récollets convent, you must make your way past a rustic gate and then wander among arched hallways to a secluded corner of the courtyard to find Café A. The effort is truly worth it though, for once inside, works of young Parisian artists line the walls you must walk to then emerge into a lush and relaxing garden full of leafy trees, chairs for lounging, and if your arrival is in the evening, twinkling mood lights dangling from the trees. The venue is a favorite among the hip set for its organic approach to food and wine, providing snacks during the day and cool cocktails at night. Special events are common at Café A, often of the eclectic and art-inspired variety, but regardless of the day you come, your experience is bound to be special. You should be aware though, the setting at Café A is so serene that whether you come with the intention of just reading a few chapters in the shade or to meet friends after work for a sundowner, you’ll probably be seduced to stay longer than you ever expected.
Main photo credits: the Cafe A official website