What would Paris be without its many colourful bistros and terrace cafés? They give uniqueness to the city and are major elements of Parisian life, romance and cheerfulness.
But the bistros and sidewalk cafés of Paris are threatened by the standardization of the world. Today, the city centers of the big metropolises tend to be very similar. Everywhere, the same signs, logos, fast-food chains and take-away shops with identical decoration and comparable atmospheres. Going are the unique places that mark and identify a destination.
Paris is still slightly spared by this tsunami although many bistros and terrace cafés that are unique and authentic places are threatened and may one day disappear. But, beyond their visual aspects, they form a part of the soul of Paris, as historically they are places of cultural cross-fertilisation, of freedom and of the art of living. The bistros enhance social relations and above all maintain a popular gastronomy.
At the center, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, with Alain Fontaine chairman of the association (on the left) the 30 th of January when the city awarded 100 owners of bistros with the medal of the city
Against this ongoing threat of disappearance, café and bistro owners in association with winemakers, trade organisations as well as many defenders have come together to create the ‘Associations Bistrots et Terrasses de Paris’ to register the bistros and terraces of Paris the intangible heritage of Unesco as an art of living.
According to Alain Fontaine, President of the Association Bistrots et Terrasses de Paris says, “the bistro is an element of Parisian folk art. Our approach is modern. By putting our finger on the notion of the art of living, we want to bring a new generation to the bistros. ”
So if you wish to save this Parisian art of living captured by its many individual bistros and sidewalk cafés you can join the movement and support the association simply for the price of a cup of coffee and a croissant : 3 € payable by Paypal.
The bistros and terrace cafés of Paris need you! We need your support. By becoming a member of our cause, we will be able to launch a cultural fund and a bistrot transfer fund. Thank you so much for your help!