For me, Le Progrès is the quintessential streetside cafe in Paris. Located on an intersection, it offers maximum exposure for that lovely Parisian sport: people watching. Located in the 3rd arrondissement, sometimes known as the Haute Marais, the clientele here is decidedly bobo, or bourgeois-bohemian. Hipster-chic, if you will. As for looks, the places offers your classic wicker tables and tiny tables, with a blanket thrown into the mix for the colder months. Great for idling away the time over a cup of coffee. For a cappuccino and a croissant I spent 3.50€, which I found to be relatively inexpensive for Paris.

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