I had the good fortune to go for a coffee with a good friend this afternoon...sans enfants. We went to the Bistrot la Renaissance on 112 rue Championnet in the 18th arrondissement. The café from the outside looks like many a Parisian cafe. Inside though it is absolutely gorgeous, a traditional cafe whose original decor doesn't seem to have been touched in a while.
As it turned our we had vins chauds not coffee. I blame the weather.
The windows and mirrored panes are etched with art nouveau flowers.
There are stain glass panels.
Leather chairs and crackled tile floors.
Chez Jean. Gold on chalky grey.
The cafe faces south-west so catches the afternoon sun, which streamed through the lace curtains casting such a lovely light.
They do food here. I have no idea what it's like, but certainly worth an investigation.