THE BEST SPOTS FOR COFFEE LOVERS IN PARIS
Paris has experienced a coffee revolution in recent years with many independent specialty coffee shops popping up all around the city ran by passionate, highly-skilled baristas or coffee enthusiasts. Every time I go to Paris, I make sure to try at least one new place and my to-do list is nowhere near done. Yep, that’s how many specialty coffee shops one can find in the French capital! No worries though, if you’re wondering where to find the best ones, make sure to start by trying these great spots below.
Housed in what used to be a shoe repair shop, this tiny coffee bar in the Marais is aptly named Boot. It’s probably Paris’ smallest cafe but what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in character. Boot Cafe supplies its coffee from Belleville Brûlerie, a micro-roaster you can find close to the Buttes-Chaumont park in Paris. As the sign on the wall indicates “these coffees are made for walking” but this place is so cute that I bet you’ll want to stay for a little while! > Read the full review here <
Tucked away in the back of the Finnish Cultural Centre in Paris, Coutume Instituutti is the sister branch of Cafe Coutume cafe in the 7th arrondissement. The space is bright, calm, has free wifi and long communal tables, so it’s no surprise it’s popular with students working on their laptops. There’s plenty of seating though and the coffee alone is a reason to come back.
This spot is one of the most Instagramable cafes in Paris (yep, this is totally a thing for bloggers!). Behind the Marzocco machine you’ll find Lloyd, a friendly Australian who used to be part of the Boot Cafe team, signing along the music and brewing coffee beans from Cafe Lomi that smell like heaven. That means you can count on really good coffee and pretty latte art. > Read the full review here <
Nestled in the Galerie de Montpensier overlooking the Jardin du Palais Royal and just a stone’s throw from the Louvre, Cafe Kitsuné couldn’t have found a better home. Formerly a fabric store, this place is tiny but makes really good coffee from one of my favourite London roasters, Workshop Coffee. Their matcha latte is equally good but no matter what you order, make sure to try their cakes from Noglu. > Read the full review here <
Just a short walk away from the Canal Saint Martin you’ll find Ten Belles, a tiny cafe with limited seating that offers some of the best coffee in Paris as well as light dishes and pastries. The selection of espresso blends change seasonally and the owner, Thomas Lehoux, is an excellent barista who’s worked in some of the best cafes in the French capital before opening his own store. Don’t get discouraged by the queue outside or lack of wifi, this spot is worth a try.
Located in the trendy Marais, this spot offers seasonal roasts, filter and Chemex variations. The staff are very friendly and the atmosphere cozy, so you can easily spend an hour or two reading, catching up with friends or just relaxing. Although I was not impressed by the cakes on offer which didn’t really taste fresh, I was really pleased with my coffee and would go back for more.
This is another spot that I found through Instagram and which really exceeded my expectations. La Cafeotheque has different rooms but my favourite is by far the one in the back as it has a lovely plant wall, coffee sacks slouched over chairs and vibrantly painted wooden tables. Whatever you do, make sure to order a Mocaccino and a slice of carrot cake!
Have you tried any of these places? What are your favorite spots for coffee in Paris?