The coffee scene in Paris has enjoyed a renaissance over the past five years with chic pop-ups, designer boutique cafes and open air kiosks opening all over the city, breathing new life into the cafes of the French capital. Parisians are famous for their love of espressos and cigarettes and although this is still a favourite combination among the older generation, younger residents can be found enjoying coffees of all shapes and sizes at this new breed of cafe. Below is a list of our 10 favourite places in Paris to get the best coffee.
One of the first of the new wave of coffee places in Paris, Ten Belles is a favourite for local coffee lovers. Located in the trendy Canal Saint-Martin neighbourhood, you can get your coffee to go and drink it on the canal. You’ll know when you’ve found this place because there’s often a line.
Cafe Loustic is one of our favourite places in Paris for a morning coffee or afternoon pick-me-up. The vintage-inspired interiors make you feel instantly at home and the friendly staff will be happy to have a chat with you. This coffee shop also happens to be right in the middle of the Marias, one of the best areas to live in Paris as an expat.
The founder of Telescope, Nicolas Clerc, worked as a photographer for the likes of Chanel before discovering a love for specialty coffee. So it’s no wonder that this is one of the most stylish destinations on the list. The minimalist interior wouldn’t look out of place in a fashion magazine and nor would most of the clientele.
The Broken Arm is a chicer than chic boutique that stocks the likes of Prada and Raf Simons but if that’s slightly out of your budget, you can still get a taste of that lifestyle in the adjoining cafe. Serving the perfect latte, it’s the place to rub shoulders with the fashion crowd in Paris.
This Melbourne export is a popular place for brunch in the city and as you might expect from the Australian owners, they serve a killer flat white. In the heart of Montmartre, only a few steps from the famous Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, it’s the ideal place to stop on a sight seeing tour for a quick caffeine fix.
If you’re a freelancer then you’ll understand the need for good wifi and good coffee and both can be found at Cafe Craft. This cafe doubles up as a co-working space so expect to battle with MacBook owners for a space. The place is one of the only cafes in the city where you’ll be left to work in peace and there’s also no shortage of power outlets.
Costume Cafe is the place to come if you’re a real coffee enthusiast. Founded by Antoine Nétien –named best roaster in France back in 2011 – it’s been popular on the coffee scene ever since. People from all over the world get very excited about coming to this cafe because they take an almost scientific approach to making coffee. The menu is extensive featuring everything from espressos to ‘slow coffee’.
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This cafe in an old cobblers work shop is a millennial favourite. Expect a line of in-the-know tourists and stylish locals snaking round the block for a take out cup (there are only 8 seats inside). Order a flat white or an espresso and sip it on the go.
Pick up a magazine from their selection on the shelf and spend the morning here just enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. There’s a standard espresso menu, pour-over and a good selection of loose-leaf tea. There’s also a limited menu of pastries, cakes and sandwiches if you’re feeling peckish.
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Wait in line at this local favourite for the best flat white in the city. It’s also serves one of the best brunches in Paris https://www.all-luxury-apartments.com/blog-article-61-the-10-best-brunch-spots-in-paris.html so once you’ve had your caffeine fix you can order some eggs and bacon.