Best Coffee Shops in Paris

By | Fooding in Paris, Paris with Locals

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.

Top 5 restaurants for French food in Paris

By | Paris with Locals, Traveling tips

Paris counts more than 20 000 restaurants but even if you are using a guide or internet to find them, it’s always better to follow a local’s advice.

As most Parisians my age would say their favorites restaurants are the asian cantines (see article in our blog), it took me some time to collect these French spots in one article.

I selected these restaurants because they serve fresh cooked food and are not touristy at all so don’t expect to be given an english menu but expect to meet the most charismatic waitress who will try to translate for you.

If you are looking for some specific food or try them all in one day, ask for a food tour!

Where to find the best macarons in Paris?

By | Book a tour, Paris with Locals

When people visit Paris, they often think about our specialities and especially our delicate patisseries.

Well, it is true, we are lucky to have the best artisans of the world but they are not always obvious to find.

Chains like Ladurée or Jeff de Bruges are taking over the market because of their branding, packaging and location in Paris.

If you want to find the freshest, most original and small scale produced maracons and chocolates, here is the list of our top five places to have some sweets and take them home:

  • Jean Paul Hévin

Meilleur Ouvrier de France, is an expert of chocolate and treats the product very simply, using minimum sugar to enhance the flavors of the cacao beans. He also makes delicious macarons and hot chocolate to take away. You can find his shops here.

 

  • Une glace à Paris 

So far the best ice cream in Paris, with some flavors you have never seen before like curcuma sorbet or smoked vanilla. The chef also makes wonderful pastries to have at their salon de thé or to take home. The two shops are well located if you are visiting the touristy areas, one in Le Marais and the other one in Montmartre.

 

  • Pierre Hermé

You will see his shops in several locations of Paris, even in Asia or New York, because Pierre Hermé is a real business man but he is right because his maracons are very good and the costumer experience is very nice. The shops are so beautiful and the products are displayed in a way it is hard to resist…

 

  • Le cacaotier Hubert Masse 

Less popular than some other pastry chefs that are almost hanging out with other celebrities since they had their own television program, Hubert Masse is a humble chocolate master. His Irish wife and their daughter often help at the shop located in the 7th and 6th arrondissement, near the Seine, and they will kindly explain to you the story of each chocolate bonbon. Try the pralinés chocolates and take home some of the chocolate figurines for your kids, they are so cute!

 

  • Henri Le Roux and his Salted Butter Caramels 

You have to come from French Britany to put salt in anything eatable. That man created the most addictive taste ever made: salty caramel. The recipe has been kept secret for forty years and the lucky chocolatier is now famous in Japan where people appreciate the balance of flavors in food. If you are worried to lose a tooth by chewing to many caramels, the chocolates are also very nice. The main shop is located in Saint Germain quarter, very nice area to visit on a sunny day!

 

  • À la mère de famille 

Don’t be scared by the look of the shop, they are very cute and old and french. Very different from La curée gourmande shops that are tourist traps, A la mère de famille celebrates traditional biscuits and chocolates since 1761. A very nice success story that keeps on growing as the business is still in hands of a merry family. The macarons will take you back in time!

 

Of course, there are many more chocolatiers and pâtissiers to mention but we tried to make it easier for you as their shops are located in the city center.

We can organize a walking tour of chocolate and macaron tasting so you can try before you buy!

Contact us for more informations