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Be forewarned: if you’re intending to sit out on the terraces of Paris’s cafes you could be enveloped in a cloud of second hand smoke. It looks sexy, it’s trendy with young and old and it’s not cool to ask someone to put out their cigarettes. Although a ban was passed 3 years ago, Parisians interpret the law to mean they can smoke outside and that translates to the little tables and chairs lined up on the sidewalks. At around $7 a pack, each puff is relished and enjoyed right down to the last quarter inch.

Cafes look the other way and even supply ashtrays. Cold weather brings heaters and plastic drop-down enclosures to the terraces so the smoke lingers even longer. Here are a few colorful cafes worth visiting. Go inside if you can’t take the fumes.

Brasserie de L’Isle Saint-Louis
55 Quai de Bourbon

Aux Folies
8 Rue de Belleville

Cafe Charbon
109 Rue Oberkampf

Le Select
99 boulevard du Montparnasse

Cafe de Paris
10 rue Buci

Café Etienne Marcel
34 Rue Étienne Marcel
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Café-Etienne-Marcel/112216972178518

Café Noir
65 Rue Montmartre
http://www.cafenoirparis.fr

Café Moderne
40 rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires

La Palette
43 rue de Seine

Cafe des Phares
7 Rue de la Bastille
http://www.cafelapaletteparis.com/en

Le Bastille
8 Place de La Basstille

Lipp
151 boulevard Saint Germain

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