La Grande Mosquée de Paris …

Mint Tea & pastries

Le Salon de Thé  in the courtyard of La Grande Mosquée de Paris is a lovely spot to stop for mint tea and pastries if you are walking the 5th arondissement.  The courtyard is cool and shady and decorated with beautiful Islamic tiles. Order your mint tea from one of the waiters if you can catch his eye, and then visit the pastry counter to select from their colourful array of middle-eastern delicacies.  The cafe is a few blocks from the Censier Daubenton or Place Monge metro stations, and can be combined with a visit to the Jardin des Plantes and Marché Mouffetard.  As always, try and avoid weekends when the whole population of Paris seems to go for a walk!