If you're looking for a different kind of place to sit and rest your feet in the center of Paris, to have a coffee, tea or something stronger, enjoy a dessert or more, and have a wonderful view, Kong is the place. Typical of a Philip Stark-designed bar/restaurant, it is as much about what you see inside as what you see outside.
It was a rainy afternoon when I arrived there for tea and dessert. The word I got was that this is the best time to beat the crowds. True enough.
It was a calm and chic respite from the rain and traffic on the streets six floors below. But it's quite the scene at night, I'm told.
KONG is located just north of the Pont Neuf (pictured) and is next door to the former La Samaritaine department store. The view of the detailing along the exterior wall alone is worth the visit (that's the yellow area along the right side of the photo). It's also well-located to a few métro lines and stops, so that if it rains, you can finally put your umbrella away and still enjoy a view of Paris. That's what I call having your cake and eating it, too.
1, rue du Pont Neuf