Lets talk coffee…
my journey of coffee addiction began in my final years at university. I found myself attracted to a nice warm milky coffee after a heavy study session. It then started to become a social habit; which lead me in search of local and unique cafés around London.
Jump a few years and I find myself living in Paris, the city of cafés and the land where coffee is not seen merely as a hot beverage you start the day with; it is a serious daily ritual almost spiritual. Paris is most definitively proud of its obsessive consumption of the ‘perfect’ roasted grounded coffee bean drink.
Recently there has been an explosion of specialty and new concept cafés in Paris. Hipster, trendy, young and unique is what defines them from the rest of your well known ‘normal typical’ Parisian cafés. They are all intentional most if not all speak English, they are all passionate about their coffee and tea that they serve (with a big smile) and they are all social media savvy. They welcome a ‘selfie’ and hashtag with their brew.
Naturally, I found if you want to feel like a local Parisian you must know your local café ! So I have listed my favourite cafés by arrondissement below.
14 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau , 75001
Metro: Louvre – Rivoli , Les Halles
http://www.claus-paris.net , Facebook and Instagram (clauspetitdejeuner)
This is a wonderful place to have your breakfast or brunch (if you beat the crowd) it also makes beautiful coffee and hot chocolate. The staff are so friendly and speak English. They also sell delicious gourmet products at their store across from the Cafe. I just loved their cakes.
Cafés et thés Verlet
256 Rue Saint Honoré , 75001 Paris
Metro: Palais Royal-Musée, Pyramides
http://www.verlet.fr , Facebook
Now this café takes its tea and coffee very seriously, coffee for connoisseurs! You can tell it by their décor and stock of high-end coffee! Strong flavoured coffee is found here and a very wide selection of teas. The place is small and too dark for me but it didn’t put me off their tea.
Matamata Coffee Bar
58 Rue d’Argout, 75002 Paris
Metro: Sentier, Les Halles , Bourse
http://www.matamatacoffee.com Facebook, Instagram
I love this small café tucked away in the narrow streets of Paris. Their coffee is creamy and their food is home made deliciousness. Thy serve breakfast and lunch. There is seating outside too and a big table in the basement. There is something about it that keeps me going their … loyalty card perhaps lol
40 Rue Chapon 75003 Paris
Metro: Arts et Métiers , Rombuteau, Etienne Marcel,
http://www.cafeloustic.com Facebook, Instagram
This is a very hip relaxed and quirky café that serves such good coffee and delicious treats, I love their lemon cake and their courgette quiche. They have beautiful herbal teas too; Sancha is my favourite. The owner is a Londoner who gave up his job in Paris and opened this drinking establishment as he couldn’t get a good cup of coffee in Paris !
76 Rue des Tournelles, 75003 Paris
Metro: Chemin Vert , Saint-Sebastien Froissart
Facebook , Instagram
I have been here three times for their delicious café latte and cake but never tried their food, which looks so yummy. They have a very seasonal menus which illustrates their love of food. I like the relaxed eclectic feel and the staff are very smiley !
19 Rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003 Paris
Metro: Saint-Sebastien Froissart, Filles du Calvaire
Facebook , Instagram
This got to be the tiniest café I have drank in! Size doesn’t matter as they serve beautiful coffee and taste treats. The interior is so vogue like and has a cool edge to it. they have cakes and biscuits and a collection of teas also. I found it very popular on social media. But to be honest I felt I couldn’t really enjoy my coffee only because I felt bad for the people queuing outside in the rain to get in !!
6 rue du Forez, 75003 Paris
Metro: temple 7 Filles du Calvaire
http://www.cafepinson.fr , Facebook , Instagram
I love this relaxed chic place to sip your warm drink and nibble on something. They provide cakes and snacks as well as healthy fresh meals. You can find a lot of vegetarian and vegan options too.
Le Peloton Café
17 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe 75004 Paris
Metro:Hôtel de Ville , Pont Marie , Saint Paul
http://www.bikeabouttours.com , Facebook , Instagram
This spacious cafe doesn’t only serve a lovely cup of coffee (as well as yummy cheese waffle) it is a true homage to bike enthusiasts of Tour de France. But you wouldn’t know it … as it’s so beautifully subtle. Take the name for instance. Le Peloton actually means the group of bicycle riders who are grouped together on the road. There are yellow chairs scattered in the cafe, they repents the colour of the Tour de France T shirt. There are drawings of bicycle races on the wall. The Cafe is an extension of Bike About Tours, the name says it all, they have guided unique bike tours in Paris. My goal is to take one of their tours, but I think I should learn how to ride a bike first !
52 Rue de l’Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris
Metro: Pont Marie
http://www.lacafeotheque.com , Facebook , Instagram
What can I tell you about this magical place? Hidden away and with no attention grabbing signed you will be mistaken for thinking its an old dusty cafe that has no customers. Enter and be amazed, you are hit with large coffee roasting machine and a world section of coffee, chatter rising above the happy world fusion music and eccentric seatings. It is family friendly and a magnet to Anglophones for some reason! They have their own workshops and you can buy coffee packs and other goodies. It is truly an artisan roasters speciality café !
Shakespeare & Co Café
37 Rue de la Bûcherie 75005 Paris
Metro: Saint-Michel , Cité
http://www.shakespearandcompany.com , Facebook , Instagram
Situated in the heart of Paris tourist attraction outside Notre-Dame, it is a prefect place to sit and admire it, if you get a seat ! It’s usually full of tourists and book lovers. They often do free reading events in the café so do check their website for more information. Next door is their Famous book shop stocked floor to ceiling with english books of all topics. There children corner is rather cute. A quirky unique magical grotto of literature that you simply can’t leave without purchasing a book, or promising yourself to return. The Café sells fresh organic food and juices. There are plenty of book to read or you can bring your won.
72 Boulevard Saint-Germain 75005 Paris
Metro: Cluny-Le Sorbonne, Maubert-Mutualité
http://www.mahacafe.com , Facebook
Paris’s first Lassie bar! But they serve the most wonderful chai-tea. It infused with warm spices that warm you up. They have a selection of exotic Indian teas and coffees along with of course yogurt drinks (lassie). Indian snacks and Bentos are served. I just loved the bright Taj Mahal pastel decoration and contemporary ceiling lamps, something so different to walk into from a Parisian street. They speak English and are so friendly.
Eggs and Co
11 Rue Bernard Palissy, 75006 Paris
Metro: Mabillon, Saint Sulpice
http://www.eggsandco.fr , Facebook , Instagram
This is the BEST place to get your eggy breakfast / brunch seriously I am not joking, it’s so good it should be illegal ! Also their coffee is super smooth ! The staff are so helpful and they help you choose exactly what you need. I never taste eggs so good, I am in love with their decore, all egg themed and kitsch !
47 Rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris
Metro: Saint-François-Xavier , Vaneau
I had not only a delicious smooth coffee but delicious pancake brunch. I love this Cafe that has a scientific twist to it, they have such attention to detail. It’s warm and welcome and of corse they speak English !
34 bis Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris
Metro: Chemin Vert , Bastille , Saint-Sebastien Froissart
http://www.maisonbastille.com , Facebook and Instagram
This cute little Café/ Restaurant not only provides very good coffee but delicious healthy organic food. All cooked on site using fresh ingredient at a reason
able price. The menu changes often and they even sell unique little greeting cards, gifts and condiments.
Folks And Sparrows
14 Rue Saint Sebastien, 75011 Paris, France
Meto: Saint Sebastien – Froissart , St Ambroise , Richard Lenoir
Facebook & Instagram
What can I tell you about this super cafe that just oozes comfort and is like a big fuzzy bear hug ? The coffee is at its best and so is there bagels and sandwiches. I had the vegetarian option. The simple comfortable seatings and relaxed atmosphere just make you relax in your seat and enjoy your cuppa. That what good Café feels like. And can I just say that the owner Mr Frank is Mister Peace and love personified ! I had a lengthy chat with him and he is a TOP man and I believe that he put so much of himself in this café, and his radiating love that give you that great coffee experince. I am glad I found this place.
3 Rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011 Paris, France
Metro: Parmentier , Oberkampf
http://www.cafeoberkampf.com , facebook and Instagram
Small cafe with a mighty coffee ! They do very good breakfast and brunch. Comfy seats with free Wifi.
Les P’tites Indécises
2 Rue des Trois Bornes 75011 Paris, France
weekends Brunch only 9 – 2 pm
Metro: Oberkampf , République, Goncourt
Facebook & Instagram
Beautifully colourful and friendly cafe that serves simple yet delicious breakfast. It close at 2 pm !!!
Beans on Fire
7 Rue du Général Blaise, 75011 Paris, France
Metro: Voltaire , Richard-Lenoir
http://www.beansonfire.com , Facebook and Instagram
This is an actual roastery, professional coffee at its best. You can be sure that you are getting THE best of the best, you can sit just behind their coffee roasting equipment and sip their delicious coffee and have a bite to eat. Large space, family friendly and good place to work. The cafe is also used for coffee tasting events and training.
36 Rue Saint-Sebastien, 75011 Paris, France
Metro: Richard – Lenoir , Saint-Sébastien Froissart
Facebook and Instagram
I really like this cafe because it opens at 9 am and the smell of baked goodies just hit you as soon as you walk in. Delicious coffee sipped in a large warm space that is work and family friendly (few toys for the kids are found). Also an art space and most importantly run by powerful beautiful ladies who rock!
33 Rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris, France
Metro: Lamarck – Caulaincourt , Jules Joffrin
Facebook & Instagram
The name says it all. it really refill your soul with love ! Serves Coffee, breakfast and delicious lunch. Organic and seasonal food. Excellent place for vegetarians and Vegans.
The Hardware Société Paris
10 Rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris, France
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Metro: Abbesses , Anvers, Château Rouge
Facebook and Instagram
An fantastic Australian restaurant that serves breakfast, brunch and lunch. The food is extremely delicious and well presented and the staff are superb, extremely friendly. Few vegetarian options and family friendly.