Paris is relatively new to the speciality coffee scene, and has only been serving flat whites for a few very short years. Fortunately though, thanks to a few expats from down under and the perseverance of some avid French enthusiasts, Paris is now well on it’s way to providing stellar coffee to the masses. With new coffee shops in Paris opening every month, it’s hard to keep track. This list will give you an insight into Paris’ expanding coffee scene and provide with some of the best spots to get your caffeine fix.
Paris’ smallest café, but don’t let that deter you, what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in character.
Once a shoe repair store, this charming café has retained its aesthetic of a former cobbler’s but once more serves stellar coffee and baked goods. It provides old issues of Vogue to flick through as well as artsy postcards covering the walls. Don’t leave without a second latte to-go, after all this coffee is made for walking.
Coutume is often seen as the pioneer of the coffee movement in Paris as it was one of the first speciality coffee shops to open its doors to this then relatively uninformed city.
Here the art of coffee-making is approached more like a complex science but the result is a flawless cup of coffee every single time. They also offer a great lunch menu which pleases both locals and expats alike, but be prepared to queue.
An extension of the Maison Kitsuné fashion house, this café is equally as chic as the clothing brand, come fashion-week it becomes the place to see and be seen.
No seating, only a standing coffee bar making it the perfect spot for a caffeinated pause en route to work. Alternatively order a creamy cappuccino to-go and find a bench in the idyllic Palais Royal gardens just a footstep outside the door.
Café de Flore:
Admittedly this spot doesn’t serve the best coffee in Paris, but what it does serve is a traditional French café crème in the most quintessential of Parisian surroundings.
Think mahogany interiors, waiters kitted out with bow ties and moustaches and Parisian men reading le Figaro over a cigar. Located in the heart of Saint Germain, it has become almost bucket-list worthy to sip on a hot beverage at the café that became the gathering place of so many of the great writers and thinkers of the 20th century.
Fondation has become as famous for its cult lime green cups as the flawless coffee, which is served within them. Each cup of coffee is crafted to perfection by the seriously talented and knowledgeable Chris who has years of experience under his belt.
Simplicity is key here from the minimalist décor, to the simple menu including delights such as avocado on toast. Find a spot on the terrace, sit back and enjoy the eclectic playlist in the background.
The first of its kind in Paris; a café combining good coffee with an office environment, this co-working space maintains a relaxed silence allowing freelancers to work away from home at ease. The black and white office-like interior has all of the essentials to facilitate hard work; fast wifi, good quality food and the perfect flat white.
Specialising in coffee since 1880, if there is one Parisian café which knows good coffee, this would be it. This café has oodles of charm with its dark wooden interior, sacks of coffee beans and boxes of loose leaf tea. The coffee served inside is dark, rich and strong mirroring the aesthetic of the décor. I believe Café Verlet to be the one and only traditional Parisian coffeehouse with the know-how of the new-wave coffee shops.
In the center of Paris, not far from the gold-adorned opera house lies the small yet superb Téléscope café. You’ll always be welcomed with a smile and leave ready to tackle the city afresh with a strong hit of caffeine from one of their perfectly crafted coffees.