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.

Special Diets in Paris

By | Book a tour, Fooding in Paris, Traveling tips

Looking for a gluten free croissant or a vegan cafe au lait?

Only a few places offer these kinds of French specialties for people with food intolerances.

Before gluten was even a thing, we were already eating crepes with buckwheat flour and they are easy to find in any creperie restaurant.

Did you know that gluten is a sort of sugar naturally present in the grain, and when mixed to yeast or sourdough, turns into gaz and helps the bread rise and cook better. Some cereals contains a lot of gluten but some don’t have any, like buckwheat, as it’s technically not a cereal. Therefore, there is no gluten in rice products, buckwheat and quinoa but there is in wheat, barley and rye.

Industrialization made some countries food policies tolerate the use of chemical gluten to replace the needed amount of flour so that bread would rise faster and cost less money. That’s why today so many people are suffering from gluten intolerances.

In France, we were lucky to keep our old traditional bread but also got hit by the gluten wave with the popularity of white bread and other industrialized food.

If you are not celiac or strongly intolerant to gluten, I would suggest to give it a new try when in France, just by eating wholegrain bread, with sourdough.  As bread is originally a fermented product, sourdough is the “living ingredient” full of good bacterias that feed on gluten to produce gaz.

If you are celiac or strongly intolerant to gluten or lactose, then just take notes of all the places mentioned below, they all are linked to the website or Facebook page and you will be able to find them.

If you are in a hurry and don’t feel like looking at maps, just contact me and I will give you a tour of some of the best places to check out.

Near Montparnasse train station, where the trains still take people to Bretagne and the Atlantic Ocean where the crepes are originally from, you will find the biggest concentration of creperies in just one street, rue du Montparnasse.

Although you can find “crepes au nutella” near every monument, touristy area in Paris, they are not as good as the original galette de sarrasin or galette de froment. These places usually make their crepes batter from an industrialized powder and fill them up with Nutella so you are just eating a bomb of chemicals and sugars.

  • Look for the new crepes places Mardi, or Breizh café*, they serve savory and sweet crepes all day and they have different addresses, all close to the center of Paris.

As for pastries, you will find gluten free and vegan options in all the best Coffee Shops of Paris, carrot cakes, brownies or banana bread but if you are looking for French gluten free pastries it’s only at:

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I guess that if you are vegan or gluten intolerant, you will probably already know that you can find a lot of informations on Instagram but looking for hashtags #glutenfreeinparis or #veganparis but sometimes just one article in a blog can sum it up quite quickly!

I hope this will help people to plan their trip to Paris and not worry about what they will be able to eat because it’s one of these places to travel to for food right?