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Paris, San Diego?

In my books, it's gotta be Soleil @k, the street level café at the Marriott (660 K Street, Gaslamp quarter, 619-446-6088).

It’s got a curvy-railed streetside patio eatery that just feels French. Specially now, around 7:00 a.m.

And yes, you’ll pay a bit for breakfast. But if you do what I did, just order a coffee for $4, and you’re all set at a great people-watching perch as the soleil rises. With, I swear, the feeling nearest Café de la Paix or wherever in the City of Light you dream of.

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Actually, for $8 you can get that coffee plus two pastries: a hot croissant and a Danish or a muffin. Continental petit déjeuner!

Yes, you’re missing the smell of Gauloise cigarettes, and a copy of Le Monde to pretend you’re reading, with your elbow on that sexy curvy rail …

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But hey, you have a copy of Le Reader, don’t you? That’s le chic paper to be seen reading on the grands boulevards these days, from what I hear...

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