Our new favorite coffee bar (not quite a café, certainly not a Starbucks) is Coutume at 47 rue Babylone, a short walk from Les Invalides or the Musée Rodin or Bon Marché (take your pick). These folks are deeply into the artistry of coffee making, as you can see from the bags and roasters in the back, and the way Kevin Ayers (late of Iowa City) is blowing life into this infernal machine. The staff is welcoming, knowledgeable and international. But Coutume, which opened just last March, is now so popular that you’d best call ahead to make reservations: +33 1 45 51 50 47.
August 25 - Liberation of Paris
After an uprising by the French Resistance and days of street fighting, Paris was liberated by Allied forces from the Germans on August 25, 1944.