La Palette, 6th Arr.
Tel: 33 1 43 26 68 15
Concierge.com's insider take:
La Palette, located down a main artery of galleries in Saint Germain, is living proof that cafés are still at the heart of la vie parisienne. The walls are tiled and crammed with paintings, but it's the giant mosaic (installed in the '30s) in the main room that is most fun, featuring several of the extant and crankily efficient waiters. With a decent selection of wines by the glass and filling snacks—buttery pieces of pain Poilâne with dried ham or Gruyère—you can shore up indoors in winter under the amber-smoked ceilings. In summer, the crowd expands onto the terrace: the perfect spot to people-watch.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 9 am to 2 am.