Parler Paris and Parler Nice are long-standing brands of the Adrian Leeds Group. They are in no way associated with the social platform Parler, nor do they share any of the philosophies of that platform.

Your taste of life in Paris!

Subscribe and don't miss an issue!

Café Or Coffee…French Or American?

Une Noisette — a Truly French Coffee

Café or Coffee…French or American?

Parler Paris–your daily taste of life in Paris and France

Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Paris, France

* * * * * * ADVERTISEMENT * * * * * *


Insider Paris Guides are a series of electronically published guides about Paris and France written by Paris-based American journalists and writers with insider information from the folks who really know about Paris and France…

* Updated regularly — impossible to get such up-to-date information anywhere else…

* Read about Paris moments after — no need to wait for your order to be mailed, and no trip to the bookstore…

* For the insider scoop on Restaurants, Hotels, Working and Living in France, Writers in Paris, Practical Answers for Living in France, Biking in Paris, Gay Paris, Black Paris and Soulfood Cookbooks…

* All Insider Paris Guides publications are backed by our 100% money-back guarantee!

Visit to learn more.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Dear Parler Paris Reader,

With the arrival of Starbucks in Paris (I swore to myself I wouldn’t write about them so as not to give them any more publicity than they deserve), everyone is talking about coffee.

Last weekend, Theo Robinson, photographer/artist who is the official staff recorder of the upcoming Living and Investing in France Conference in San Francisco, took me to a new little café on the quai de Valmy along the Canal St. Martin called “Chez Sésame” (number 51) because the coffees were big and foamy and very “American.” The mugs were a mile high and the foamy steamed milk even higher creating mustaches of white and peaks on our noses as we sipped. “Delish.”

Then, by coincidence, reader Richard Sumner wrote me about what he believes to be the “friendliest coffee-house and certainly the best cup of coffee” he’s had in the area for a long time. “Coffee-and-Friends” at 23, Boulevard Beaumarchais (4th) has a Swing-era theme, and is run by a French-German husband and wife team, Frank and Hélène Bosselmann. Frank brings in specially chosen coffee beans for his brew. Since they happen to be friends of the author, it’s hard to tell if his recommendation is biased without a “looky-see” myself, but maybe some of you will have chance before I do to try it and see for yourself.

According to articles I’ve read and the standing-room-only scene in the new Starbucks in Paris, the French are taking quickly to the American style Lattes and Frappuccinos along with the no-smoking atmosphere. I didn’t notice anyone leaving with a cup “to-go,” however, still against the French sensitivity to eating on the street in public.

The first café was founded in Paris over 300 years ago — Le Procope, a Latin Quarter restaurant that claims to be the world’s oldest restaurant still open for business. Paris has almost 3000 establishments listed as “cafés” in the yellow pages of the Paris directory and now three Starbucks (Opéra, La Défense, Montparnasse).

Personally, that’s three too many for me. I am deeply upset to think that another American icon has infiltrated the French scene along with MacDonald’s and The Gap. What is our French world coming to? Can’t we just have our Café Crèmes and Espressos just like we always did, in their white porcelain cups with a sugar cube and a little square of chocolate on the saucer at a café table with an ashtray and a view of the Parisian world around us without interference?

Isn’t it the difference in the two worlds the reason we are here?

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
E-mail: [email protected]

P.S. Participants are already claiming seats at our upcoming Travel Writer Workshop here in Paris, scheduled for May 9-12, 2004. Now is the time to sign on. Do so before the end of the month, and you save $100 on the enrollment fee. If you’re interested in attending — and learning how you can live the writer’s life — then I urge you to reserve your seat soon. In years past we’ve been able to schedule a second session to accommodate overflow, but this year the speakers’ schedules won’t allow it. So once this workshop fills up, that’s it. For details:

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

* Further resources:

* Stay in the heart of the Left Bank your own luxury apartment…

* Get your French up to snuff with the best teacher in town.

* Practice speaking FRENCH…Celebrating our 6th Year in Paris
With a 6th Anniversary Hot Chili Lunch Saturday, April 3, 11 a.m.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

French Property Insider is an e-mail newsletter from the editors of Parler Paris. If you’d like to learn about the insights, recommendations, and discoveries about buying and investing in real estate in Paris and France that French Property Insider readers get
every week, read more about a subscription here: or call 1-800-643-2479.


Meet and chat with other readers in Paris: Parler Paris Après Midi


Buy and sell with Parler Paris classifieds: Advertise


Read past issues of Parler Paris: Archives


Post your message: Bulletin Board


Write to Adrian Leeds to tell us anything.


Know someone who would be interested in the opportunities in Parler Paris? Forward it for FREE to your friend, relative, or associate.


Parler Paris coming to your mailbox. If you enjoy reading Parler Paris, help us out by “white-listing” our service…before its delivery is interrupted.

A big thanks in advance from your faithful Parler Paris team.


Change your e-mail address or cancel your subscription: Manage Your E-Letters

You may also unsubscribe by clicking on: Unsubscribe


Copyright 2006, Adrian Leeds®
Adrian Leeds Group, LLC, /



Leave a Comment

Adrian Leeds sitting in her Paris apartment

Let Adrian create a custom strategy for you

You can live or invest in France-now.

Property for sale

Click image for property details.

Read & Subscribe

Dive into more by reading Parler Nice & French Property Insider.

Better yet, subscribe to one or all and get the updates delivered to your inbox.

Global Money Services

Our contacts will help you invest in France.

Moneycorp a foreign exchange and international currency specialist
Adrian Leeds at Après-Midi photo credit: Meredith Mullins

Join us at our monthly Après-Midi.

Become a part of the Paris community.

See Adrian on HHI

Find out how we can help you invest in your own piece of France.