Information. 4. CAFES. 21
nelle 15 and Boulevard St. Germain, first-class; Cafe de l'Arc-en-
Ciel, Boulevard de l'Hopital 2, opposite the station (a la carte and
a prix fixe; D. 3 fr.).
4. Cafes. Brasseries. Pastry Cooks.
Cafe's form one of the great features of Parisian life. An hour
or two may be pleasantly spent in sitting at one of the small tables
with which the pavements in front of the cafe's on the Boulevards
are covered on fine evenings, and watching the passing throng. Most
of the Parisian men spend their evenings at the cafe's, where they
partake of coffee, liqueurs, and beer, meet their friends, read the
newspapers, ot play at billiards (50 c.-l fr. 20 c. per hr.) or cards.
The cafe's on the Grands Boulevards, however, with the exception
of the Grand Cafe in the Boul. des Capucines, generally have no
billiard-tables. Letters may also be conveniently written at a cafe,
the waiter furnishing writing-materials on application ('de quoi
ecfire, s'il vous plait'; fee). Most of the cafes are well furnished
with French newspapers, but foreign journals are scarce. As a rule
the cafe's are open until 1 a.m., some even longer.
The best cafe's may with propriety be visited by ladies, though
Parisiennes of the upper class rarely patronize them. Some of those
on the N. side of the Boulevard Montmartre should, however, be
avoided, as the society there is far from select. — Cafes-Concerts,
see p. 38.
When coffee is ordered at a cafe in the early forenoon the waiter
usually brings a large cup, which, with roll and butter, costs 'A-i'/a fr.
(waiter's fee 10 c). In the afternoon the same order produces a small cup
or glass (un mazagran) of cafi noir, which cost3 40-75 c. (waiter 10 c). Milk
(crime) is generally offered at the same time. A bottle of cognac is frequently
brought with the coffee unordered, and a charge made according to the
quantity drank. At the more fashionable cafes a petit verre of cognac,
kirsch, rhum, curacao, or chartreuse costs 30-60 c, fine champagne 60 c.-1 fr.
— The prices of the 'consommations' are generally marked on the saucers
oa which they are served.
Tea costs 3/t-i fr., more with roll and butter ((hi complel). Dejeuner may
be obtained at nearly all the cafes for 2'/2-3 fr., and cold meat for supper.
Beer may also be procured at most of the cafesj '«» bock' costing
30-40 c.; the measure, however, is smaller than at the 'brasseries'. English
beer costs 1-1V2 fr. a bottle.
Liqueurs (40-75c), diluted with water, are largely consumed as 'apiritifs''
or 'appetizers' before meals. Among these are absinthe, vermouth, menthe
(white or green), bitters or amers, anisette, and quinquina. — Strops, or
fruit-syrups, diluted with water, are to be had in various flavours; e.g.
sirop de groseille, de framboise, de grenadine, orgeat (prepared from al¬
monds), etc. Lemon-squash ('un citron pre?se'), sorbet (water-ice), and
ices (half 75 c., whole l'/^l'/afr.) are also frequently ordered
"We here mention a very small selection of the thousand cafe's
that Paris contains.
Grands Boulevards (see also 'Brasseries'). — Place de la Made¬
leine 2, corner of the Rue Royale, Cafe Durand, also a restaurant,
like many others of those mentioned below. — Boulevard des Capu¬
cines. N. side: No. 14. Grand Cafe; No. 12, Cafe de la Paix