Après Midi

Adrian LeedsUpstairs at Café de la Mairie
(Since December 2002 and in this location since October 2003)

On the corner of rue des Archives and rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers

See Map Here

NEXT MEETING: EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (closed August)

Now, every month, a guest speaker of note comes to talk about a topic of interest and then open the floor for questions and discussion! 

*Special Note: Anyone attending Parler Paris Après Midi must be willing to have their photograph taken and a brief description written about them for publishing in Parler Paris. In addition, the café allows us to hold our meetings free as long as each person orders at least one drink, even as small as a coffee! Your presence indicates your willingness to participate.

Kathryn Kemp-Griffin(photo ©Stéphane de Bourgies)

Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie

Après Midi FEBRUARY 14, 2017:

Kathryn Kemp-Griffin, Author

To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Parler Paris Après Midi Archives.

Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations:

March 14, 2017

Heidi Ellison

Heidi Ellison, Editor and Freelance Journalist

Heidi Ellison, a long-time Paris resident, is a freelance journalist specializing in art, travel and literature, and the founder and editor of ParisUpdate.com. Her articles have been published in dozens of international publications, and she has contributed to a number of guidebooks on Paris and France.

Editor at Paris Update
Paris Update on Facebook 

April 11, 2017

April Pett - Tour by April

April Pett, tour guide April in Paris Tours

"April in Paris"

They say that the REAL Paris, the one you won't read about in guidebooks, is an adventure all on it's own. It comes from wandering the streets, eating in less known cafés, observing the locals and looking through windows and doors (in the most inconspicuous manner possible). April in Paris Tours guarantees that you gain an insiders knowledge of the history, see magnificent examples of art and architecture and discover the true treasures of Paris.

Throughout the years, April has had the opportunity to visit the City of Light as a tourist, having been captivated by everything Paris has to offer, in particular the rich history, delicious food, trendy fashion and the beautiful language. For the past three years, April has called Paris home, working there as a tour guide. Coming from the Niagara Region in Canada, but since then living a nomadic life for many years, she has always worked in tourism. Therefore it  came naturally to her to continue to pursue her passion in tourism by starting her own company.

Join April this Aprill to see how a small town girl is making hundreds from around the world fall in love with the City of Light.

Web site

May 9, 2017

Janet Hulstrand

Essoyes School Summer Seminars

Janet Hulstrand, writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher of writing and of literature

"The Year of Renoir...Renoir stories and Renoir events"

This year is the Year of Renoir not just in Essoyes, but throughout l’Aube, the département in which Essoyes is located, in the Champagne region of France.

Essoyes is situated just a couple of hours southeast of Paris,  very close to the border of Burgundy. Could there be a more perfect location? Well, many of us don’t think so.

In any case, why is this the Year of Renoir? And what will there be to see and do in l’Aube this year?

Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher of writing and of literature who divides her time between the U.S. and France. She leads book groups at the American Library in Paris, writing workshops in Essoyes, a village in the Champagne region, and teaches “Paris: A Literary Adventure” each summer in Paris for Queens College, CUNY.

Web site: Renoir 2017 Essoyes

The Essoyes School

June 13, 2017

 Antonio Meza

Antonio Meza,





July 11, 2017

Craig Carlson - Pancakes in Paris

Craig Carlson, Restaurateur and Author

“Pancakes in Paris”

Anyone who’s ever been to Paris knows that croissants and pains au chocolate are great for French breakfast. But after a few days, it’s hard not to start craving a good ol’ American breakfast. That’s exactly what happened to Craig. While living in France, he missed breakfast so much, he decided to open the first American Diner in Paris! You can read all about his adventures in a brand new memoir called Pancakes in Paris, about how Craig opened a chain of diners called “Breakfast in America,” which have become a renowned travel destination for hungry expats (and Parisians) who have a hankering for flapjacks, omelets, homefries, bagels, milkshakes and more.

With a background in journalism, Craig received a B.A. from the University of Connecticut. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles where he studied at the University of Southern California, receiving an M.A. in film production. After winning the prestigious John Huston Directing Award, Craig wrote and directed a short film, Wheel of Torture, which went on to win awards at the Chicago Film Festival as well as the Lucille Ball festival of comedy. In 2003, Craig completely shifted gears and opened Breakfast in America. After more than a decade in business, Breakfast in America continues to serve authentic breakfasts and burgers to customers from all over the world.

Join Craig as he discusses his book, including how he came up with the idea for his diner and the challenges he faced opening and operating a business in France.

Web site: Pancakes in Paris