Everyone loves a good hiding place, especially when it means escaping the crowded, noisy, hot Parisian streets in the middle of a summer heat-wave to enjoy a cool drink in the shade. Here are two favorites in the heart of St-Germain-des-Prés.
Café Da Rosa at Coiffirst
Da Rosa has opened a small café in the courtyard of the Coiffirst Hair Salon at 44 rue du Four (6th arr., Metro Mabillon). You just stroll through the salon (which is gorgeous itself with the large windows and chandeliers), and step outside into a calm little oasis of green in the brick-lined courtyard garden. There are little cakes, coffee, teas, focaccia, and other sweets for a lovely afternoon tea (items also available to go). Open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. If you're more in the mood for wine, Da Rosa also has a hedged-in terrace nearby at 62 Rue de Seine (just across from GROM, which is on Da Rosa's menu so you don't have to stand in the line).
Bar Ephémère by L'Eté de Saint-Germain
Just for a few weeks, the historic Palais Abbatial of the St-Germain-des-Prés church, usually only open to the parish priests, is hosting an ephemeral bar in their large garden courtyard. Open daily 9:30am-10pm through August 23rd with pastries from Hugo & Victor, cheese and charcuterie platters, coffee, tea, wine, beer, live music and even a pétanque court. L'Eté de Saint Germain at the Palais Abbatial de St-Germain-des-Prés (3 rue de l'Abbaye (6th arr., Metro Mabillon). All of the proceeds go to help fund the renovations of the church.