Café Photo of the Week

Café Photo of the Week is published every Wednesday, and showcases photography from our staff, contributors, and readers.

Waiting Tables, by Nichard Nahem

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These tables would normally be much tighter, with two seats side-by-side, facing out. But this is the new normal. Not everyone gets a view, but everyone can enjoy the terrace. Seen in the Marais.

L’Escurial, 29 Rue de Turenne, 3ème

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Before & (Happily Ever) After, by Lisa Anselmo

Before. ©Lisa Anselmo

Colorful “happy hours” signage, captured during confinement. Today, this terrace is filled with customers once again, making these truly happy hours en terrasse. We take these hand-lettered signs for granted, but they add so much to the café experience. In a Café Photo of the Week first, we offer a bonus image of the same terrace, taken from a post-confinement perspective. Before and (happily ever) after.

After. ©Lisa Anselmo

L’Avenue Café, 19 Avenue Philippe-Auguste , 11ème

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Spreading Out, by Richard Nahem

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Since, Tuesday, June 2, cafés in Paris were allowed to open again, but only terrace service. So what to do? Take up as much terrace as the law allows: sidewalks, parking spots, down the street, and even in the street. We’re okay with that.

Café Français, 1-3 Place de la Bastille, 4ème

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Nous Sommes en Terrasse (Once Again),
by Lisa Anselmo

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Tuesday, June 2, marked the day when we could once again sit on our beloved café terraces here in Paris. Your favorite Editor-in-Chief made a beeline to my HQ and had un verre de vin to celebrate, but I visited many others, including Au Cadran Voltaire on Place Leon Blum, where I shot this photo of their terrace after the lunch hour. Paris feels alive again.

Au Cadran Voltaire, 109 Boulevard Voltaire, 11ème

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Bright Silence: a Stunning Project Documenting Paris Cafés During Lockdown

by Lisa Anselmo

When cafés were forced to close as part of an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19, the sight of stacked chairs behind locked glass doors broke the hearts of Parisians. But artist Geoffrey Guillin saw something different: a beauty in the stillness of a city in lockdown mirrored in its cafés, which are at the center of Paris life.

Disused terrace chairs; a calendar frozen on the date of the last service before forced closures. ©Geoffrey Guillin

In his newest series of 44 photographs called Bright Silence, Guillin documents café closures during confinement, but also tells the story of Parisian lives very much on pause. Shot entirely through the windows of closed cafés, these haunting images with their soft light and shallow depth of field, present a dreamlike portrait of abandoned rooms suspended in time. Reflections of a troubled outside world are superimposed over calm that has been carefully preserved and protected behind glass. These convivial places seem to retain their lightness despite their emptiness.

“I took these photos to show the bright soul of cafés,” Guillin says, “and how important the details of the decoration affect our well-being when we are there.” Undoubtedly, it’s a story told in details: coffee cups hastily stacked; empty water decanters lining a bar; a calendar frozen on 14 March, the last day cafés were open for service.

“I wanted to show the intensity and the luminosity of these places so dear to us, and our cultural heritage.”

Hastily stacked coffee cups; cheerful posters await the return of customers. ©Geoffrey Guillin

The images stir emotion, yet are not maudlin. Guillin lets the cafés and their details speak for themselves without manipulating the viewer. “I wanted to show the intensity and the luminosity of these places so dear to us, and our cultural heritage.”

In showcasing the quiet details of these restaurants, making them glimmer and glow like jewels, Guillin exalts the everyday café—and lifts the viewer’s spirit the way cafés themselves do. “A café is a refuge when you are feeling sick at heart. It’s also a symbol of life,” Guillin says. “So, yes, [this work] represents the heartbeat of Paris, where friends can meet, love, forget, laugh, cry—but above all, feel alive.”

Reflections tell the story of two worlds: the reality of a city in lockdown superimposed over calm perfectly preserved. ©Geoffrey Guillin

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Drinks on the Go, by Lisa Anselmo

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L’Escale on Ile St. Louis is doing takeaway beverages and nibbles. Pop over and support them if you are in Paris, and enjoy un petit café while you relax on the quay overlooking the Seine.

L’Escale, 1 Rue des Deux Ponts, 4ème

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Pure Happiness, by Lisa Anselmo

A table outside Le Pure Café is ready for takeaway orders. ©Lisa Anselmo

It is with great joy, that we announce that the beloved Le Pure Café is open again—for takeaway (à emporter), exclusively. They serve a few items from their usual menu, and a plat du jour, all affordably priced. Read more about our editor-in-chief’s experience, here.

While the government here has loosened restrictions on non-essential shops, cafés and restaurants remain closed, forcing them to become creative to stay afloat and adopt the “takeaway culture” taken for granted in restaurants in the UK and USA.

In Paris? To order from Le Pure Café, call 01.43.71.47.22, go to Facebook or Instagram, or visit them directly at the café.

Le Pure Café, 14 Rue Jean-Macé, 11ème

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Café Memories, by Joann Dufau Slater

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This photo was taken a few years ago, while the photographer was staying in the Marais. It’s had a makeover since, but still a local favorite, situated on the beautiful Parc Royal.

Le SévignéMorgenmadsstedet, 15 Rue du Parc Royal, 3ème

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Du Marché, by Joan Mikkelsen

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This café on the corner of Rue de Seine and Rue de Buci is always packed with locals and tourists alike, and it’s favorite of the photographer as well. (Our editor-in-chief also has some fond memories of this charming, popular place.) It can be pricey given its location in the chic Saint-Germain-des-Près neighborhood, but the staff is friendly and welcoming. We hope we can sit on its sunny terrace soon again.

Bar du Marché, 75 Rue de Seine, 6ème.

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La Poule au Pot, by Nicola Clark

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This hauntingly beautiful image was shot through the window of La Poule au Pot, closed like all cafés since mid-March due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This café has all the classic details right down to the zinc-top bar. We love it.

La Poule au Pot, 121 Rue de l’Université, 7ème.

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On Pause, by Lisa Anselmo

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This popular spot in the 11th boasts a generous terrace loaded with tables. That doesn’t me you can always find a free place. Today, though, the name of this café takes on a whole new meaning—on pause since mid-March due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Now, it sits empty, our lives on pause with it. We await the day when it is all set in motion again, and we have to fight once more for a place in the sun on the terrace of Pause Café.

Une pause-café means “coffee break.”

Pause Café, 41 Rue de Charonne, 11ème.

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Très Vite au Café, by Lisa Anselmo

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This local café on Place de la Reunion is usually brimming with customers, its terrace filled, especially on market days. For the moment, due to Coronavirus, it sits quiet, on pause until we return. A sign on the door announces its closure by government order, adding, “À très vite au café!”—a grammatically awkward expression, but the message is clear: see you soon. We hope so.

Le Café Sans Nom, 57-59 Rue de la Réunion, 20ème.

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Love Letter to a Café, by Lisa Anselmo

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This note, tacked up on the window of a beloved local café now shuttered because of confinement, sends a message of love and support from a customer. To all our local cafés: we love you. Nous vous aimons.

Café Colette, 96 Avenue Philippe-Auguste, 11ème.

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Longing for a Terrace Table, by Claude Corbin

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The view from an inside table at Les Deux Magots. This classic café moment was captured in happier times, before cafés were forced to close due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It makes you ache to sit on the terrace of your favorite café once more. We hope we can soon again.

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Les Deux Magots, 6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 6ème.

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Improvising, by Andrew Gentry

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Parisians are getting desperate without their cafés, which have been shut in an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. This Parisian is lucky enough to have a terrace, and recreated his café experience in an effort to normalize the situation. This was sent to us as a gag, but we felt it worth sharing, as proof of how important café culture is to Paris and France. Send us your home café photos!

One of Andrew’s favorite cafés:
La Fronde, 33 Rue des Archives, 4ème.

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Closed by Government Order, by Lisa Anselmo

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As part of the shutdown to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, cafés across France have been asked to close until further notice, an unthinkable, but necessary measure. Want to know what Paris would be like without cafés? This is it.

La Parisienne du Faubourg 1 Rue Faidherbe, 11ème.

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Café Photo of the Week: An Homage

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Un Beau Souvenir, by Lisa Anselmo

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We’re breaking our rules a bit today to pay homage to a wonderful longstanding family-owned restaurant in Montmartre, La Pomponette, which has recently closed its doors, perhaps another victim of the rampant gentrification/corporatization affecting the 18th arrondissement, and all of Paris.

Opened in 1909 by Arthur Delcroix, La Pomponette was frequented by his artist friends, like Francisque Poulbot et Eugène “Gen” Paul, whose works hung on the walls. Four generations of his family have lovingly tended the restaurant, which was a piece of Montmartre history for 100 years.

The decor never changed, maintaining the true charm of the artists’ village and the life that is unique to the Montmartrois. In 2014, the restaurant closed for two weeks—not for renovation, but for a restoration, when an artisan repaired the ancient floor tiles, one by one. That’s a family’s love.

I shot this photo that same year, while dining with my dear friend, writer/blogger Lisa Taylor Huff (The Bold Soul), with whom I co-founded No Love Locks. Lisa passed in 2015, so this photo is all I have of both her and the restaurant—a beautiful memory that will last even in times of change.

La Pompinette was located at 42 Rue Lepic, 18ème.
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Café Art, by Lisa Anselmo

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The unexpected beauty in the little things cafés do. This is how Café des Anges served up their hot chocolate one day—like a flower. That’s melted chocolate on the sides and hot milk in the center. It was a shame to mix it up and spoil such a pretty sight. But mix I did, and delish it was.

Café des Anges, 66 Rue de la Roquette, 11ème

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Before the Train, by Patty Sadauskas

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A quick coffee before catching the 8:12 to Nîmes from Gare de Lyon—enjoying a quiet moment before the chaos of the busy station.

Le Terminus, 19 Boulevard Diderot, 12ème

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A Place in the Sun, by Andrew Gentry

©Andrew Gentry

That perfect day when you find the perfect terrace table in the sun—and your socks match the decor. Meant to be.

La Boca, whose nondescript awning is marked simply with “LB,” has one of the sunniest terraces on Rue Montorgueil, which makes it a favorite of our editor.

Café La Boca, 41 Rue Montorgueil, 2ème

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