Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with gingerbread-biscotti parking meters. For $5, today's Groupon to Rue Lafayette Café strews the streets with $15 worth of breakfast pastries, delicious coffee, and more. Rue Lafayette is situated on the southeast corner of Lafayette Park and is closed on Mondays, so plan accordingly.
A red brick exterior, spacious sidewalk patio, and delectable café menu highlight the charming European appeal of Rue Lafayette, whose beginnings were documented on a recent episode of Renovation Realities on HGTV. Early-morning strollers, comptrollers, and world-weary street mimes can start their morning of artfully aimless ambling with Rue Lafayette's sweet, flaky croissants imported from France. The chocolate croissant ($2.25) matches particularly well with large cups of the café's drip coffee ($2.25) or frothy cappuccino ($3.55). Lunchers, meanwhile, can feast on the quiche ($6.99) and mix it together in their digestive centrifuge with the sinfully tasty croissant bread pudding ($5.99). Since Rue Lafayette's dishes rotate with the stately dance of the seasons, each polite café employee will cheerfully lay out today's recommendations, tomorrow's libations, and yesterday's neutron radiation gyrations. The café's mad scientists have also combined breakfast and lunch into an unholy (yet delicious) monstrosity known as brunch, which gets unleashed from its chains every Saturday and Sunday.
Though located along Paris's Left Bank in spirit, Rue Lafayette physically sits on the edge of the beautiful and eminently walkable Lafayette Park. The café's welcoming staff happily accommodates both human and canine species, offering free dog treats to owners and free WiFi to eBaying pomeranians. Fill up your fellow flâneurs for a day of flanning with today's Groupon to Rue Lafayette Café & Boutique.
- The food is like nothing else in St. Louis. The biggest mistake you can make is ONLY getting coffee. These guys put a passion into their food! I am developing a real croissant habit because of this place. – Brandon C., Yelp
- We tried a frittata, bread pudding, and a chocolate croissant. All were excellent! – Jill L., Yelp
- This was my second time in and I got the bread pudding (again). It is seriously good!...Served hot and drizzled in caramel syrup and topped in whipped cream, it is like eating manna from heaven topped with ambrosia... – Christy S., Yelp