Thursday, May 7, 2009
In France all the restaurants and cafes will drop their prices starting July 1, 2009. This is because the VAT (Value Added Tax) is dropping from 19,6 % to 5,5%. Good ol' President Sarkozy passed this April 28, 2009. This will cost the French government 2.5 billion euros. On the plus side, 40,000 people will get jobs. Whatever, after a couple months prices will go back to normal if you want the brutal truth.
If you want good suggestions for cafe's while in Paris I highly suggest Cafe De Flore. Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, the existentialists Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Alber Camus often wrote, had coffee or drinks at Cafe De Flore. It is at the corner of the Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Rue St. Benoit.
Le Café de Flore
174, boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006
+33 1 45 44 35 09
Another great spot is Cafe Marly. I once ate there once in the afternoon on my birthday and John Galliano sat at the table right next to me for hours during Paris fashion week.
Cour Napoléon; 93, rue de Rivoli; 1st Arrondisement.
Tel: 49 26 06 60
Métro stop: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre.