Paris coffee culture has been stuck in the brasseries and tabac cafés for too long, we needed our proper coffee shops as they are in the US or in Australia but please, no Starbucks or any kind of chains. We have enough of these thank you very much.
People often have the fantasy of drinking coffee on a terrasse, people watching and smoking a cigaret for those crazy ones that still don’t know it’s killing them slowly.
These places are alright if you don’t mind the sound of the traffic, people begging for money or just stealing your phone or bag. That’s not even mentioning the taste of the coffee, which can only be with added water or added milk and cost you from 1€ to 5€ in the most touristy areas.
If you are looking for a proper coffee shop, with nice music, nice decoration, friendly staff and of course, good coffee and sometimes great food, here is our selection, to be refreshed every year as they keep popping out like craft beer places these days:
- Good News Coffee shop, located in the Eiffel Tower area, this new joint just opened in 2017, by a cool Australian expat who loves vegemite toasts and of course great coffee. The food is served daily, prepared with fresh ingredients, and the chef probably bakes the best cakes in the whole city. Just saying.
- KB Roasters South Pigalle If you are staying near Montmtartre, it’s probably the best option you have for breaky, coffee, lunch and vibes.
- Comets Café & Disques sells good coffee and even records so if you like both you will probably like this place. Near Père Lachaise cemetery.
- Passager is one of the newest and it has a great decoration, also very close to lots of bars, like Le Motel, and pretty randomly the best Hammam and Sauna of Paris. Near Bastille.
- Le Peloton café is nice a small, so if you don’t mind sitting at the bar or taking your coffee to go you should try. It’s also very central, near Le Marais and the river and they have great rental bikes and waffles. Friendly staff 🙂
- Boneshaker Doughnuts is the best doughnut joint in Paris. The shop is tiny but the owner is from Ireland and it’s just so nice to chat with him. Located near Les Halles district, and close to Hoppy Corner, best craft beer place in the neighborhood.
- Shakespeare and company café, next to the famous English book store, in front of Notre Dame, can be a bit busy but definitely worths the stop. Also very close there is Circus Bakery, try their cinnamon buns if your are lucky.