Originally Posted by Chelsea Spy
Those pictures show a great sample of Parisian life.
All those Starbucks though...
how depressing... I hope the bland, homogenised, pseudo-cafe 'culture' represented by Starbucks won't displace the great French cafe...
Starbucks became popular in Paris mainly because it's much more comfortable than in a French cafés, generally waiters aren't as rude as in French cafés, and the expresso costs 1€ instead of 2€20.
But anyway, the cafés market is so big in Paris that there's no risk it will disappear. Actually, most "bar-tabac" are getting bought by the Asian communities currently. The reason being that the Asian restaurants market has reached saturation. This isn't a bad news to tell the truth, as generally the new owners try to do some stuff to boost their sales and as a result they change them in nicer places to stay.
Anyway, Minato Ku, presented the modern and busy face of Paris, here's a video I've made showing the crazy face of the city. Hope you'll like it!
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