Spring in Guildford is a popular time to wander around the many shops along the James Street strip – looking for that curio, book, work of art, new or old furniture, handmade or factory built – all help to build up your appetite for coffee and cake and there are a myriad of choices.
The Paris Café is to be found in the Ethel Street Courtyard just off James Street, behind Georges Furniture Restoration and the Guildford Bakery, in amongst other stores in this historic spot – craftsman designed and built jarrah furniture, retro industrial wares, shabby chic items and more.
There is seating both inside the air conditioned café and outside in the sunny courtyard and they offer excellent coffee, as well a range of lovely cakes, biscuits and macarons from Babycakes, in addition to light breakfasts and lunches.
The delightful New Norcia fruit toast is always available, along with toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwiches, bruschetta, smoked salmon and feta quiche, egg and bacon pie, chick pea salad, vegetable soup, a vegetable tart and often a vegetarian curry of the day.
La Galerie is situated at one end of the cafe, selling women’s fashion and accessories. The Paris cafe also sells new books, antiques, giftware and hosts a book club once a month.
The Paris Café is certainly worth a visit.
Disclaimer: I am very close to the owner, as she is to me.