Parisian Cafés: The Center of Social Life in Paris
The clustering of sidewalk cafés and sidewalk dining is one of the most affordable and least time consuming ways to add life to the urban streetscape. Here is a street level look at a vibrant global city that has excelled for centuries in embracing café life: Paris
In many vibrant cities, the clustering of cafes, serving as complementary uses that spill out into adjacent sidewalks within compact pedestrian scale settings are a major center of culinary and social life. Bringing life to the public realm, these neighborhood spaces have become epicenters for networking, relaxation, conversation and keeping up to date with the political and social status of the city. Dating back as far as the 17th century, no where is this more prevalent than the city of Paris. Here, outdoor cafés where people sit and people watch for hours, are a dominant visual and physical characteristic of the urban street scene. Here is look at the street life of one of Europe’s premier cities.