Cafe Life Paris
A Guidebook to the Cafes and Bars of the City of Light
Christine and Dennis Graf; photography by Juliana Spear
7" x 7" • 192 pages • full-color throughout
ISBN 9781566566216 (UK ISBN 9781905214204) • paperback • $20.00 •
"Cafe Life Paris is very strongly recommended as compendium of beautiful, romantic, entertaining, and colorful cafes and bars which is perfect for planning any visit from a weekend excursion to a month long holiday in this Parisian 'City of Lights.'"
-- Midwest Book Review
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PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association "2008 Benjamin Franklin Award"
What could be more Parisian than a cafe? In Cafe Life Paris you'll discover an extraordinary variety of places in which to cultivate the art of living as the French do. You'll experience:
• glamorous places with names that resonate throughout the world
• cafes that offer more, whether it's music, philosophical discussions, or traditional cabaret evenings
• Cafes branches that draw students and young trendsetters
• neighborhood cafes where you can escape from your hotel, take the measure of a district, see Parisians up close; where romance flourishes and the day's news is hotly debated.
All of the cafes in Cafe Life Paris give a first-hand look into an institution that remains vital to the lives of the French. You'll revel in a range of discoveries that extend from the delightfully simple to the opulent--from authentic local hangouts few tourists find to legendary cafes once frequented by Joyce, Baldwin, Sartre, and Beauvoir.
Christine and Dennis Graf have been appreciating Parisian cafes for over 30 years, officially celebrating them first in The Cafes of Paris and more recently in Paris by Bistro, winner of the Foreword Magazine Travel Book of the Year Award.
Juliana Spear photographed numerous books including Romantic Paris, Cafe Life New York, and Steeped: In the World of Tea.
"Expertly researched and co-authored by Christine and Dennis Graf, Cafe Life Paris: A Guidebook to the Cafes and Bars of the City of Light is an insightful and engaging survey of the many wonderful cafes and bars to be found in and around in the beautiful city of Paris. Superbly illustrated throughout, Cafe Life Paris showcases each unique and tasteful stop, offering readers a descriptive introduction to what these cafes and bars have to offer, including a variety of entertainments ranging from music, to philosophical discussions, to cabaret performances. There are cafes which draw students, others which are undiscovered treasures known only to the locals, some famed and a 'must' on ever tourist itinerary, and more. Cafe Life Paris is very strongly recommended as compendium of beautiful, romantic, entertaining, and colorful cafes and bars which is perfect for planning any visit from a weekend excursion to a month long holiday in this Parisian 'City of Lights.'"
-- Midwest Book Review
"Using a mix of history, gossip, personal observation, and guidebook information, Christine Graf has done travelers a great favor with this charming guide... filled with sparkling little sequins of history and quotes from famous café habitués... One afternoon in a café gives you more of a sense of the city than visiting a dozen museums."
-- Los Angeles Times, on Graf's first book The Cafes of Paris
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