Top 10 Coffee Shops in Paris

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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.

Boot cafe_1

Boot café

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!

19 rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003 | Métro Saint-Sébastien-Froissart




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.

47 Rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris | Métro Sèvres Babylone


Café Kitsuné_1

Café Kitsuné

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.

51 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001| Métro Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre


Cafe de Flore

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.

172 boulevard saint germain, 75006 Paris | Métro Saint Germain des Près


Fondation cafe

Fondation café

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.

16 rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 | Métro Temple


La Caféothèque

La Caféothèque

The first thing that hits you when you enter la Caféothèque is the delicious smell of roasted coffee beans only heightening your anticipation to taste their wonderful coffee. Here you get a real education in coffee from around the world as they serve beans from a huge selection of coffee producing countries and the informative baristas are more than willing to guide you through the difference in the beans. The back room is a delightfully authentic space with a plant wall, coffee sacks slouched over chairs and vibrantly painted wooden tables.

52 Rue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, 75004 Paris | Métro Pont Marie


Cafe Craft

Café Craft

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.

24 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 | Métro Gare de l’Est


Blackburn coffee

Blackburn coffee  

An excellent lunch spot offering home-baked dishes such as œuf cocotte and generously topped tartines prepared in front of you and served alongside a hearty salad and coleslaw. Wash down with a superb latte or freshly-squeezed juice. The wood-paneled wall and quirky details catch your eye in an otherwise clean and slick interior. 

52 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 | Métro Château d’Eau


Cafe Verlet

Café Verlet

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.

256 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris | Métro Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre




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.

5 rue Villedo, 75001 | Métro Pyramides

Photography and words by Faye Bullock

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    December 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I had the best cup of coffee in my life in Paris on my honeymoon 14 years ago. I still remember the feeling of being engulfed by the quaint beauty and charm of an old world style café near the Louvre after a light rain. The elegant white porcelain and gold guilt rim cup held the frothiest, creamiest and robust cappuccino I’ve ever had. It was heaven on earth.

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    July 27, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Great post – honestly wish I had this list the last few times I visited Paris! Definitely a keeper for the next!

    July 27, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Great post! 🙂

    Marcello Marchioli
    July 24, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Reading this while sipping my latte just after 6.00am in Hobart. Very envious. I also struggled to find good coffee in Paris but this list is an inspiration to rectify this on my next trip to Paris.

    caitlin | back2spain
    July 24, 2015 at 1:26 am

    i love le rouquet, right down the street from cafe de flore, for sitting and journaling over a cafe creme. ahhhh paris 🙂

    Saakshi Kumar
    July 22, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I won’t ( not that I want to ) find a better reason to visit Paris. <3

    July 22, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Although there weren’t many specialty cafes, I had some of the best coffee of my life in Paris while I was there! I hope to try out these coffee shops on my next trip.
    ~ Rania Xo

    July 21, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I was SHOCKED at how hard it was to find a good cup of coffee in Paris when I went last year; I wish I’d had this list! I had to resort to Starbucks a few times (gasp!). Next time I’ll be read though…

    Rachel Mendoza
    July 21, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Love this post! I’m gonna have to bookmark this and come back to it the next time I go to Paris! In the meantime, I’ve been blogging about my adventures in LA. It would mean the world if anyone took the time to check it out

    July 21, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Always looking for new coffee places to try out where ever I go! Love this post.

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    July 20, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Seriously so much love for Boot Cafe, without a doubt the best coffee in Paris. I’ve tried out most of the places on this list and 100% agree. Also, Cafe de Flore serves a wicked good hot chocolate! 🙂


    July 20, 2015 at 10:36 am

    MY dream is to one day move to Paris… and coffee has to be up there with my favourite things, so this is a perfect post! 🙂

    Kamilla Haaland
    July 20, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Great post!

    July 20, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Such a great list of wonderful cafes to hit up on my next trip to Paris! Visiting Paris in 2010 was life changing and the culture, the food and the architecture still linger with me. Glad I found your blog through Bloglovin 🙂

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    July 20, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Great list, and it’s one I’ll be saving in my pocket for my next trip to Paris. Paris has so many great old-style cafes, but it’s nice to see that the new coffee scene has arrived.

    July 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I loved reading this and daydreaming of traveling to these coffee shop around Paris. Thanks!

    – Kaitlyn