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Bitters/kirsch and espresso/cappuccino in Paris?

Perfidus | Dec 2, 200703:55 PM     8

Hi, chowhounds! I have 2 questions I wanted to throw out there:

Where do you go to buy bitters in Paris (especially Amer Picon, if it's available)? I am visiting Paris in a week and want to bring back bitters that are hard to find in the US. I'll be in centre Paris & can speak French well. Is there a good liquor store in Paris that has a wide selection of bitters? (Also, is there a good place to buy kirsch and/or eaux de vie of other fruits?)

Also, where do you go for good espresso-based (ie cappucinno, latte macchiato) drinks in Paris? I'll be mostly in the following areas--Bastille, Louvre, St. Germain/St.Michel, Invalides, and le marais--and would love a few recommendations for where to go for quality espresso drinks. (I know most cafes offer some sort of cappuccino on the menu, but I'm looking for places that really take pride in serving awesome drinks.)

Thanks in advance for any advice!

~Rebecca

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