As an American in Paris, one of the places I frequent the most is Starbucks…
Yes, you read that right – in the land of beautiful old-fashioned Parisian cafe’s, I choose to get my coffee at the American coffee franchise, Starbucks.
“Why,” you might ask?
Well, of course I like their coffee. But that’s not the main reason.
Honestly? As a foreigner, I feel really uncomfortable at Parisian cafe’s. When I finally take my pick from the several cafe’s that line the street, I start to get nervous as I approach the door. Did I make the right choice? Will the waiter be nice? Or will he make me feel horribly guilty about the fact that I only want to order a hot chocolate and then ignore me when I try to hail him down to ask for a napkin, the wi-fi password, or the check?
Finding the right cafe in Paris is like playing the lottery for me. And 99% of the time I lose.
Today, however, while seeking a spot in the sun I found a quaint little cafe-restaurant at the exit of metro Eglise d’Auteuil that was a win.
The name of the place was Au Clocher du Village. The waiter let me pick my table in the back at a comfortable bench-seat near the window and didn’t make me feel bad about ordering my staple “chocolat chaud.” I worked there for two hours, although I never mustered up the courage to ask if they had wifi (I used my own freewifi account).
Now I’m debating if I should go back there again…
I’ve always wanted to be considered a “regular” somewhere but I’m wondering if my good fortune was a one-time thing… Will they start getting annoyed with me if I keep coming back every week to squat one of their tables and only order a drink?
Not sure if I’m willing to find out.
I might just stick with my slightly overpriced (but guilt-free!) Starbucks latte with a side of assured customer-service, free wi-fi, and a place to plug in my laptop.