But, thanks to a new generation of roasters and baristas who vacillate between ‘inspired by the immigrant Aussies’ (for their prowess in the field of specialty coffee in Paris) and « repulsed by the cheap and bitter ‘old-school’ Parisian brew » (personally I find it best suited to cleaning the Covid off my iPhone screen), Paris is now a city with a REAL coffee scene.
So, if “COFFEE. NOW.” is the tantrum your cerebellum offers first thing in the morning before the PTSD flashbacks start rolling again or your neurons start firing the command to Answer Emails, Check Instagram, and Scroll Reddit (maybe I’m projecting here), these Parisian coffee shops are here for you.
From the quaint and quiet to the quirky and modern, we have culled from the 1,000s (seriously, but say it with a California accent) of Places To Get Coffee and chosen the spots that are frothing it up with passion and care.
Take note, our focus is on specialty, craft-roasted, coffee shops here that are ~bomb AF~ and not on the traditional Parisian corner cafe, many of which pop up on Google Maps when you search. As they are not coffee-focused, they usually serve the bitter, industrial, French ‘expresso’ and not the real deal.
If you are a ~Come Correct~ type, just FYI: in Paris we don’t really take coffee to go. We sip an ‘expresso’ standing up with a croissant at the bar or maybe sitting down. (This is more apropos in the traditional corner cafe than the next-gen shops below where you can let your dirty-foreigner flag fly.) But in this town, coffee = short espresso.
In Paris, even at the traditional corner cafes, we also do all the usual cappuccinos, lattes, etc. (See below.)
While take-away coffee is so not French, the next-gen places below won’t give you the side-eye for doing it Anglo-style. So take a cup to-go to a nearby park, or sit on the ‘terrasse’ and pair it with something sweet. (Pound cake is super-trendy in Paris right now, but not so French.)
With a breakfast like this, you might just pass for Parisian.
PARISIAN COFFEE DECODER
Café (or, ‘a coffee’) means a little espresso (that’s ‘expresso’ in French). You can have a double, or ‘double’ (conveniently the same word), pronounced ‘doobleh.’
Allongé is an espresso with a little more water. AKA an ‘Americano’, although…
Café Filtre is a drip coffee like the old school and is what Americans expect to be in their cup when they say ‘coffee.’
Noisette means ‘hazelnut’ in French, but there are neither nuts nor flavoring syrups involved as it’s a nickname for the ‘espresso macchiato,’ aka espresso plus a dab of milk foam.
Café Crème (say it: cah-fay crehm) is a cappuccino, but in French. Expect a ton of milk: it’s how the Parisians do it.
Café Latte is *usually* the same as a Café Crème, a lazy truth about Paris. Beaucoup milk…
Flat White is not Parisian (it’s Australian) but is super-popular here. When made properly, it’s almost like a cappuccino but with a more velvety foam.
Le Café Pipi is the espresso you buy from wherever in order to use their bathroom when you are out-and-about ;p
14 Rue de Bretagne (3rd arr.)
3 Rue Saint-Paul (4th arr.)
Back in Black
25 Rue Amelot (11th arr.)
25 Rue de l’Hirondelle (6th arr.)
51 Galerie de Montpensier (1st arr.) 2 Place André Malraux (1st arr.) 208 Rue de Rivoli (1st arr.) 30 Rue du Vertbois (3rd arr.)
Café La Lune Verte
60 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi (11th arr.)
22 Rue des Écoles (5th arr.)
177bis Bd Voltaire (11th arr.)
25 Rue Danielle Casanova (1st arr.)
3 Rue Neuve Popincourt (11th arr.)
2 rue Titon (11th arr.)
98 Quai de Jemmapes (10th arr.) 106 Boulevard de Belleville (20th arr.)
44–47 Passage des Panoramas (2nd arr.)
38 Rue Léon Frot (11th arr.)
47 Rue de Babylone (7th arr.) 54 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré (8th arr.) 40 Bd Haussmann 3ème Étage (9th arr.) 56 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis (10th arr.) 68 Av. du Maine (14th arr.) 78 Rue de Passy (16th arr.)
Étagère café (& DIY)
51 Rue Léon Frot (11th arr.)
27 bis Rue Mademoiselle (15th arr.)
Grand Café Tortoni
45 Rue de Saintonge (3rd arr.)
Jardin du Petit Palais
1 Avenue Dutuit Petit Palais (8th arr.)
3 Rue Valette (5th arr.)
53 Av. Trudaine (9th arr.)
L’Arbre à Café
10 Rue du Nil (2nd arr.) 61 Rue Oberkampf (11th arr.)
La Boutique Caron
32 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth (3rd arr.)
La Main Noire
12 Rue Cavallotti (18th arr.)
Le Bon Moment
24 Rue des Bernardins (5th arr.)
Le Café Alain Ducasse
Westfield Forum des Halles (1st arr.) 12 Rue St Sabin (11th arr.)
Le Peloton Café
17 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe (4th arr.)
Le Pont Traversé
62 Rue de Vaugirard (6th arr.)
Les Jardins de l’Hôtel Particulier
23 Avenue Junot Pavillon D (18th arr.)
40 Rue Chapon (3rd arr.)
58 Rue d’Argout (2nd arr.)
30 Rue des Saints-Pères (6th arr.)
7 Rue des Halles (1st arr.)
63 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile (4th arr.) 9 Rue de Luynes (7th arr.) 120 Bd Haussmann (8th arr.) 8 rue Saint-Florentin (8th arr.) 32 Rue Gustave Courbet (16th arr.) 132–140 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen