Occupying a prime corner in the edgy Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood, this scruffy Parisian café attracts bobos (Parisian hipsters) looking for affordable wine and good coffee. The canal-front terrace fills up fast on a warm summer day; on chilly nights, the cozy interior, with its mismatched tables and chairs and low lighting, is a real draw. Drinking solo? Grab a stool at the long wood bar, soak up the ambience and practice your French with a local or two. On Sundays, Chez Prune is one of the top spots for brunch, so get there early.
Traveling together with a close friend is the best. Particularly if you stay for several weeks in your own apartment. Renting in Paris is more like living there than being a tourist! Chez Prune is a little bistro on the Canal Sainte Martin in a homey corner of the city.