Carpé Diem Café
21 Rue des Halles, 1st.
Tel 01 42 21 02 01
M° Pont Neuf or Châtelet (exit St-Opportune)
I love the setting, nice and low-lit, sort of a sexy retro style, with little fiber optic stars on the ceiling. There are big round tables at the front overlooking the street, a mezzanine area that I believe is non-smoking, and a sunken lower level with a huge booth along the back wall. The carmelized camembert and magret de canard are so good I can’t make myself order anything else! Great wines and friendly service, but don’t be in a hurry! It’s also not a bad place to stop for drink at the bar or an afternoon coffee. At night they usually have electronic lounge music, sometimes even a DJ. Usually open lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday.