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LA CONTRESCARPE

#12,283 of 14,219 Restaurants in Paris
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Quartier Latin
French, Bar, Cafe
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57 rue Lacepede, Paris, France
+33 1 43 36 82 88
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07:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 04:00
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Banstead, United Kingdom
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1,157 reviews
867 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 465 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

At the top of the Rue Mouffetarde you find this charming little square and this brasserie with outside seating so that you can watch Parisians hurrying about their business. I found the drinks expensive and the staff indifferent but hey, its Paris and that sort of thing is not uncommon and would not stop me going back.

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Thank LargelyMonk
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88 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Stopped in for a drink and maybe dinner. Very nice atmosphere inside. Smokey in general. Service marginal. Ordered Guinness, under-poured, flat and overpriced. Staff unconcerned.... No reason to stay for dinner.

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Thank Richard D
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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97 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

When in Paris I live nearby, so I often have breakfast or lunch here. When you come in in the morning, the tables have been displaced for dancing in the evening. I like having breakfast in the book-lined area to the left of the entrance. There's a nice view of the place de la Contrescarpe. And convenient to shopping on... More 

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Thank FineGueule46
Adelaide, Australia
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387 reviews
322 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

It's in the middle of all the action of Mouffetard, so you get some choice characters, especially in the smoking area, but overall it's pretty nice, and especially the interior, which is more classic. Prices are reasonable, although as often in France the Coke costs a silly amount!

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Thank hogiebear33
boston
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248 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Right at Place Contrescarpe with a heated Terrace for cold weather, including the winter, this has wonderful food and excellent service. This is my favorite café in Paris to have lunch and two people watch. It has all the traditional French classic dishes as well as some nontraditional, created dishes. The food is excellent

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Thank BostonBostonGirl
Salford, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

My daughter and I love this Cafe. We haven't eaten there but have visited for a drink or coffee many times. This time did not fail us either. We had two glasses of champagne as always the inside looked inviting on a cold November night and we were met at the door and shown to our seats. Love it!

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Thank prguru2015
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 30 November 2016

During a tiring sightseeing day La Contrescarpe looked the perfect place to regain our energies, have coffee and people watch. This was not the place for that. The waiting staff were unfriendly, unhelpful and in the end downright insulting. When we enquired about wanting coffee, the waiter replied with 'is that all?'. We sat and ordered, our drinks arrived and... More 

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Thank Rachel W
Oakland, California
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1,102 reviews
402 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

We keep coming back to this place for the perfect Parisian cafe experience. Coffee, drinks, conversation, and delightful atmosphere in one of Paris' most picturesque squares. Good service. Hemingway lived around the corner.

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Thank Thomas V
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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267 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

At the top of the street in Place Contrescarpe we stopped for lunch at the aptly named Cafe de la Contrescarpe. A perfect time to sit, relax, have a bite to eat and watch the world slide by while being serenaded by a young man with a guitar. . . I should think that takes no little amount of courage... More 

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Cherry Hill
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114 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stopped in after our arrival in Paris. We had some meat and cheese which was excellent and I had a draft beer and my wife had wine. The server was great and loved the ambiance. We sat outside and enjoyed people watching.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$37
Cuisine
French, Bar, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 02:00
Monday
07:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 02:00
Thursday
07:00 - 02:00
Friday
07:00 - 04:00
Saturday
07:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57 rue Lacepede, Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Quartier Latin
  • Neighbourhood: Quartier Latin
  • Phone Number: +33 1 43 36 82 88

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Quartier Latin

Neighbourhood Profile
Quartier Latin
The Latin Quarter bursts with intellectual life, architectural splendour and ongoing merriment. The small streets are filled with classical buildings, student bars and lively eateries while the squares are dominated by historic monuments. The area is defined by the 800-year-old Sorbonne University, where Latin once prevailed, and is famous for the Pantheon which celebrates the great men and women of France. During the day students rush from classes to the library and intellectuals people watch from the terraced cafés. As night time falls the surrounding establishments fill up and the merriment really begins. The liveliest parts are around Rue Mouffetard, lined with crêperies and international street food eateries, and Place de la Contrescarpe characterised by terraced brasseries, this neighbourhood provides real nourishment for the mind, belly, and soul.
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