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Relaxing at a French cafe

Apr 28, 2015 by Jamie Burke

After a long day of boating around the Bay of Arcachon during our time in Bordeaux, traveler, Jamie, was ready to unwind, so she decided to head out and find somewhere to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. She found a little cafe just across from Bordeaux Cathedral on our walking tour of the city, so she decided to check it out. Learn about her experience at this wonderful cafe in France.

red and white chairs and tables outside a cafe in france

With a cluster of tables and chairs out front shaded by umbrellas, Le Café Français is quintessentially French and exactly the kind of place I was looking forward to visiting. The waiters were warm and welcoming, the atmosphere was relaxed and most importantly, the cafe crème and chocolate-smothered crêpe that I ordered for dinner (when in France!) were both delicious.

crepes covered with chocolate on a white dish at an outdoor cafe in france

While I sipped and ate, I saw people going about their afternoons all around me—kids zooming by on scooters, people making their way home with baguettes in their bicycle baskets and others casually strolling by. As I sat there, eating great food, enjoying the beautiful weather and surrounded by conversations spoken in French, I felt completely immersed in daily life. A thrilling feeling I won’t soon forget!

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About the author | Jamie Burke
Always on the lookout for the next best meal ever, Jamie loves exploring the world—and all the great food in it. When she's not working to inspire new travelers, you'll find her biking around Boston, eating at her favorite sushi place, or hanging out at home with her family (and cat).

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