Cafe Latin: Latin favour
Don't let the word 'cafe' fool you. 'Cafe' in France is often actually a bar. Cafe Latin is a nice, small bar with Spanish and South American theme. They serve all major drinks including mojito, sangria, caipirinha and tehre is also tapas from 6pm on Saturdays.
Happy hour (half priced cocktails) on Saturdays from 6pm until close.
The food was not exactly anything like Spanish tapas, but sure was tasty and there was quite a lot of it. We had a platter with onion rings, calamari rings, some sort of deep fried cheese balls, small slices of chicken wrap, sliced carrot and sliced courgette, chicken wings plus 1L of Sangria for 27 EUR. They said that the platter was suitable for 2. However, there was three of us and we were absolutely stuffed. It was slightly annoying that most of the dishes in the platter were deep fried. If you don't like that, it is better to choose individual tapas dishes (the menu is only on a chalk board on the wall next to the bar and it is in French!). The prices for single tapas dishes are about 4 EUR.
One good thing about the restaurant is that food is inexpensive and the atmosphere is pleasant. It does get packed in the evening, so I'd recommend making a reservation or arriving earlier than 7pm on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays.
The only minus was really that although cocktails were reasonably priced (6,50 EUR) my caipirinha was nothing special nor was there hardly anything in my glass. Small glass of white wine was a bargain though at 2,5 EUR.
The service is relatively quick and friendly. Overall, the place is nice and pleasant. The clientèle does not consist of students only, but next to us there was sat a couple who must have about 45.
Oopen from 8am to 00.45, except on Sundays and on Bank Holidays. Not sure about Mondays.
Staff speaks English, so there is no need to have any knowledge of French.
Dress Code: No dress code
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Le Vaugueux: Classy but quiet
Between Abbaybe aux Dames and the Ducal Chateau you'll find pretty Le Vaugueux. This picturesque street with its jumble of timbered houses verges on looking like France Street at a theme park. The restaurants and bars looked nice but on both occasions when we walked through here the place was dead. Completely empty. Plenty of people were wandering about, looking at the menus, but moving on. It’s more than just a street and not really a neighbourhood, but have a nosey as it’s quite pretty during the day. Maybe it picks up as the evening progresses.
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