You may by now have checked out our Handy Map of over 40 great coffee locations in Paris, but here we give you a great overview of the coffee scene in the city - from where to find the trendiest hotspots, to the edible highlights that go with your café and where to find the best outdoor seating while you embark on your coffee adventures! Read on to get the full coffee flavour of Paris.
The roasters of Paris are the ones who have fundamentally changed the game for coffee lovers in Paris. While the Belleville Brûlerie is often the roastery of choice for trendy cafés in Paris, they're not the only roasters on the map. You've got Coutume, for example, whose beans are used across the city in discerning cafés and restaurants. Café Coutume is a great address to know - a large space with industrial-vibes in the chic 7th arrondissement. Then there's Lomi, whose beans have been drawing people into their stylish and cosy cafe in the 18th arrondissement for almost ten years. Caféotheque has been a mainstay of the coffee scene since 2005 and its warren-like interiors have a laidback warmth to them that's perfect for a wintry afternoon. Just follow the smell of roasting beans as you walk along the Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville. Hexagone is another roastery with its own café, located in the tranquil 14th arrondissement. The bonus of all these café roasteries? Buying you own supply of beans to test, of course.
Coutume Café - 47 Rue de Babylone, 75007
Café Lomi - 3 ter Rue Marcadet, 75018
Caféotheque - 52 Rue de l'Hôtel de ville, 75004
Hexagone - 21 Rue du Château, 75014
For the Trendsetters
With third-wave coffee well and truly taking hold in Paris, opportunities to people watch, fashion-spot and stylishly caffeinate have multiplied with each new opening. Republique of Coffee is a great little spot for those who find themselves in the no-man's-land that is Place de la Republique, so that's a great trick to have up your sleeve. Their Chai Latté is heartwarming, and the street-watching is second to none from the large glass-enclosed frontage. Soak up the buzz of the trendy Canal Saint Martin neighbourhood with a visit to Ten Belles, a little coffee shop with a big reputation. Wooden banquette seating and little stools are packed into the space - not the place to settle in for hours with your laptop! If you're looking for an Instagrammable spot, Boot Café's beautifully worn blue facade speaks of its former days as a Cordonnerie - a shoe repair shop. It's teeny-tiny, but well worth a stop. The fashion forward amongst you may want to saunter through the gorgeous Palais Royal to Café Kitsune, where you can not only enjoy the generally swish vibes but also invest in a Café Kitsune iphone case, or baseball cap. Or re-usable coffee cup. Or tote bag. Or key ring. Or pen. Or...
Republique of Coffee - 2 Boulevard Saint-Martin, 75010
Ten Belles - 10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010
Boot Café - 19 Rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003
Café Kitsune - Jardin du Palais Royal, 51 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001
For the Terrasses
What must you do in Paris? You must sit outside and drink coffee. There is a law. And if there isn't, there ought to be. So where are you supposed to go for great coffee and the al fresco atmosphere? Well. KB Café, on the fantastic rue des Martyrs, has a wraparound terrace that makes for ample outdoor seating in a great location. Taking outdoor-coffee to the max, Honor serves superb coffee from their funky kiosk on the chic rue faubourg Saint-Honoré. For coffee with a view (and some reading material) head to Shakespeare & Co. Café, where shared tables and bench seating welcome a constant clientele. Day or night, La Fontaine de Belleville is a quietly trendy destination - coffee on the classic street-side terrace by day, wine and occasional live music by night.
KB Café - 53 Avenue Trudaine, 75009
Honor Café - 54 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Shakespeare & Co. Café - 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005
La Fontaine de Belleville - 31-33 Rue Juliette Dodu, 75010
For the Food
Know somewhere you can get friendly English-speaking service, great coffee, and waffles with sweet or savoury toppings? We do! Le Peloton, our friendly neighbourhood café. If Australian coffee culture is your thing, head to the Hardware Society in Montmartre for a menu of French-Aussie dishes. Café Oberkampf is a go-to breakfast spot serving wholesome hearty plates like homemade granola, avocado toast and soups, while for baked goods you have to head to Circus Bakery for their famous cinnamon rolls and cute left-bank location. 5 Pailles in the up-and-coming Chateau d'Eau neighbourhood fills up fast at lunchtime thanks to their seasonal, inventive menu and Sunday brunch.
Le Peloton - 17 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004
Hardware Society - 10 Rue Lamarck, 75018
Café Oberkampf - 3 Rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011
Circus Bakery - 63 Rue Galande, 75005
5 Pailles - 79 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010