Are you heading over to France this year?
France may be known for its classic, fine dining restaurants and cafés, but there’s more to France than just tradition. These highly unusual French cafés will make your trip memorable.
Here are the strangest and most unique ones.
1. Zéro de Conduite, Paris
Tired of being a grown up? Head over to the Zéro de Conduite!
This quirky café nestled in the heart of the 6th arrondissement of Paris serves colorful cocktails, fruit squash, and fruit juices in baby’s bottles. Drinks are named after every kid’s hero, including Ratatouille, Balloo, or Milou (Tintin’s dog).
Created for kids and kids at heart, the café has no rules but this one: patrons are required to draw their orders on the café’s blackboard to get their drinks of choice.
Bring a friend and your favorite board games (or really just a friend, there’s plenty of cool board games already) and be prepared for regressive fun. From non-stop cartoons on TV to lollipop contests, this is not a place to take yourself seriously.
2. Terra Nova, Toulouse
Ever wished you were stranded in a cozy library to read endless books?
Then, you’ll love Terra Nova. Located in the South West city of Toulouse, this red brick café and bookstore lets you order your drinks and read your favorite books in a peaceful, quiet atmosphere.
3. Wave Surf Café, Bordeaux
Bordeaux may have wonderful beaches, but it doesn’t do any good if you can’t hone your skills.
This cool surfing café features an artificial indoor sliding wave so that customers can drink while also enjoying themselves in the water. Patrons can experience the thrilling feelings of a variety of sliding sports, such as surfing, bodyboard, skimboard, wakeboard.
4. L’Adresse, Lyon
Love the stock market? Apparently, these owners do, too.
Here, patrons are able to speculate on drinks. Read, you can order anything you’d like as if you were playing the stock market. Market demand influences the price of your cocktail or beer, so make sure to observe what other customers are ordering if you want to get a better deal for your favorite libation. When a crisis is looming, consumers can order quickly while prices collapse.
5. Le Chat L’Heureux, Nantes
This funky cat café welcomes free-roaming cats looking for love and companionship. Whether you’re looking to make feline friends or home-made French pastries, you’ll love the relaxing, stress-free vibes that surround this place.
Inspired by the Asian Neko Cafes, the concept aims at providing a calm, safe environment for its customers. Apparently, petting the cats will do that to you.
And in case you’re wondering, the name Le Chat L’Heureux is a play on words that can mean ‘the happy cat’ or ‘the hospitable’.
6. Café des Phares, Paris
What may look like just another café is truly one of France’s most vibrant intellectual spots.
Café des Phares is what the French call a “café Philo”, that is, a café where lovers of philosophy come to debate and exchange highly conceptual ideas and theories about everything and nothing at all. Every Sunday, curious patrons and aspiring philosophers gather to share their thoughts on subjects like ‘Your duty is to save your dream’, ‘Is free will a sufficient condition for freedom?’ or ‘Boredom.’
7. Mon Bar à Couture, Lille
Located in the former mining and industrial city of Lille, in the North of France, Mon Bar à Couture (literally meaning “My Sawing Bar”) is a do-it-yourself café with a friendly and trendy workshop feel. Guests can attend training sessions to learn or deepen their sewing skills and complete their fashion projects.
They are also free to use the tools available on site, including sewing machines and cutting boards, and even ask veteran seamstress for their expert help.
Lovers of the arts and crafts, this brilliant café was made for you.