Café Cour: A Hidden Terrace in Paris' Marais

Is there anything more Parisian than lunch or drinks on a terrasse? The warmth of the sun offset by the breeze on your face, the tables spilling out onto the sidewalk…  It’s a perfect place to people-watch. But sometimes it’s nice to feel more secluded without having to move inside; that’s where the courtyard terrasse come in. Set just enough off the street to feel like you’re in a private space, it’s the perfect place for a summer apéro as the surrounding buildings create a cool oasis from the heat of the Parisian streets.

Café Cour: A Hidden Terrace in Paris' Marais

The Marais’ newest pop-up, Café Cour, offers exactly that. Opened the first of June and tucked away off of rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the heart of the neighborhood, the terrace offers half-sunlit, half-shaded seating up until around 17h, when the sun sinks just low enough to be hidden. There’s interior seating too, if you’re looking for a place to set up your computer and get some work done in a peaceful environment.

Café Cour: A Hidden Terrace in Paris' Marais

The menu is primarily organic, local, and fair trade, with an eco certified wine list, locally brewed beer, and even fair trade options from Ben and Jerry’s if you’ve got an ice cream craving. For lunch you can choose from a list of light and fresh salads, sandwiches, and quiches made with in-season vegetables. It’s also perfect if you’re not looking to spend a fortune on lunch in this area- a plate and a drink are 9,90€ between 12h and 14h30, or a plate and dessert for 10,90€. In the evening, one look around the terrasse and it’s clear that the most popular option is a large, vibrant orange apéro spritz, though their wine, beer, and cocktail lists are both extensive and reasonably priced. Come with a group of friends and order a charcuterie or cheese plate to accompany your drinks and enjoy the gentle breeze of a balmy Paris summer evening.

Café Cour: A Hidden Terrace in Paris' Marais

Café Cour is accessible from 12h until 18h through the doors of the Crédit Municipale, and through its own clearly marked entrance from 18h until close – 21h Sunday-Wednesday, 23h Thursday-Saturday. Come visit before it closes again for the season on September 27!

Café Cour – 55-57 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003. Tel: +33 (0)1 44 61 65 02

Related Links:

  • Looking for the best places to spend summer evenings in Paris? Check out the guinguettes along the Seine for drinks and dancing.
  • For more hip dining in the Marais, don’t miss Les Chouettes.
  • Discover more of the best terraces in Paris with this list on My Little Paris.

Written by Emily Jackson for the HiP Paris Blog. All images by Emily Jackson. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.


Emily Jackson

Emily is a writer, photographer, and travel lover whose first trip to Paris was not one of fairy tales. In spite of this, she decided to give the City of Lights another chance with a year-long stint as a Parisian au pair and, as many before her, it has turned into a long-term love affair. She lives in Paris with her Frenchman, traveling Europe and working on her own blog.


  1. I wish I’ve read this post before going to Paris! I’ve visited Le Marais so many times during my 2 weeks trip and it remains one of my favourite places in Paris. I love Rue de Rosiers and cafe Korcarz where they bake fabulous home made cheescakes, strudels and baklavas 🙂 Canlt wait to be back 🙂

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