The best 20 Coffee Shops

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If you are a real coffee lover, then the drink that you will be offered in most Parisian restaurants and brasseries will most likely taste worse than the cheapest instant coffee diluted with water.

 But in the past few years, a real coffee revolution has taken place in the French capital: dozens of stylish coffee houses open everywhere, where coffee is often roasted right there and then brewed on professional coffee machines. 

A cup of cappuccino in such establishments is much more expensive than in a simple brasserie, but the price is justified by high quality and great taste. 

Inveterate coffee lovers, we visited two dozen excellent Parisian coffee houses and are in a hurry to share our discoveries with you.

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TELESCOPE

Coffee ★★ ☆☆☆ / Atmosphere ★★★★ ☆ / Location ★★★★★

This small coffee shop is located near the Opera Garnier and the Palais Royal garden. The facade of the cafe is unremarkable, so you can easily walk past it and not notice.

 Inside there are only a few tables, which are almost always packed even by weekday tourists and Parisians, running away from the bad office coffee in search of a cup of strong espresso and high-quality cappuccino. Lovely hosts and the barista will be happy to chat with you and even flirt.

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We recommend you try a generous portion of coffee-glass. Also, for any drink, you can choose soy milk instead of cow.

Address: 5 Rue Villedo, 75001 Paris

How to get there: metro line 7, 14, Pyramides station 

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8: 30-17: 00 / closed on weekends

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CAFE VERLET

Coffee ★★★★★ / Atmosphere ★★★★★ / Location ★★★★★

The oldest cafe on our list, Café Verlet, was opened in 1880, a stone’s throw from the Louvre. Here, only Arabica varieties are roasted and brewed coffee on their own. The owner of this cafe travels a lot and personally makes purchases from farmers in Africa, Latin America, India, Indonesia and many others.

When ordering latte coffee, you will be brought separately espresso and milk so that you can adjust the proportions yourself. Since coffee beans are roasted in place, coffee has an exceptional aroma and rich taste. You can order desserts, as well as have breakfast or come with your family to Sunday brunch.

In a luxurious but comfortable interior you feel relaxed and at ease. Here you can also buy tea, various spices and dried fruits.

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Address: 256 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris

How to get there: metro line 1, Tuileries station / metro line 7, 14, Pyramides station / metro line 1, 7, Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre station

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9: 00-19: 00 / closed on Sundays

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MATAMATA COFFEE

Coffee ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ / Atmosphere ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ / Location ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This coffee shop is located in the second district of Paris, near the Palais Royal garden. Its owner, Australian Gerald, became interested in coffee culture while traveling around his native Australia. 

After returning to Paris, he received the qualification of a barista and became famous as a latte art guru. After working in various coffee shops in the French capital, he decided to open his own cafe – Matamata Coffee. 

Matamata is the name of a town in the north of New Zealand, in the Waikato region, where in 2008 Gerald’s best friend and business partner, Gael, celebrated his wedding. This unusual and funny word gave the name to their future Parisian cafe.

Gerald and Gael together came up with a stylish and cozy design for their cafe. They dreamed of creating a space in which people could socialize and make friends over a cup of excellent coffee.

Try the freshest desserts personally prepared by the owners of the cafe, and come to delicious breakfasts or Sunday family lunches. Here you can also buy coffee beans by weight and ask to grind them to brew delicious coffee at home.

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Address: 58 Rue d’Argout, 75002 Paris

Getting there: Metro line 3, Sentier station 

Opening hours: Saturday 8: 00-17: 00 / Saturday-Sunday 9: 00-17: 00

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BOOTS CAFE

Coffee ★★★★★ / Atmosphere ★★★★★ / Location ★★★★ ☆

You probably saw the facade of this cafe many times on Instagram. Previously, there was a shoe shop (coordonnerie in French), which was turned into one of the most popular coffee shops in Paris.

 This small coffee house has three tables and the same small menu, which offers only coffee drinks, tea and homemade desserts. We tried the latte and enjoyed the large portion and the pleasant taste.

This cafe is not far from the famous MERCI designer store, which we also recommend visiting.

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Address: 19 Rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003 Paris

How to get there: metro line 8, station Saint-Sébastien – Froissart 

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LOUSTIC

Coffee ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ / Atmosphere ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / Location ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Stylish cafe in the Marais district, a stone’s throw from the center of Pompidou. It looks very small, but inside you will find a fairly spacious room with a bright colorful design and a cozy atmosphere.

 Cafe collaborates with the best Belgian coffee companies in Europe. It brews aromatic coffee with a deep and rich taste, and freshly prepared desserts, pastries and jams just melt in your mouth.

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In the cafe you can bring a laptop and work – there is free Wi-Fi.

Address: 40 Rue Chapon, 75003 Paris

Getting there: Metro line 3, 11, Arts et Métiers station

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8: 30-18: 00 / Saturday 9: 30-18: 00 / Sunday 10: 00-18: 00

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OB-LA-DI

Coffee ★★★★★ / Atmosphere ★★★★★ / Location ★★★★ ☆

Another legendary cafe in the Marais district near Republic Square. Great coffee is brewed here, generous portions of brunch are served, and freshly baked pastries and chocolate cookies are served. 

We liked miniature marble tables, bright blue tiles and attention to every detail of the interior, and, of course, large portions of fine coffee.

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Address: 54 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris

Getting there: Metro line 8, Filles du Calvaire station

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PARTISAN CAFE ARTISANAL

Coffee ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ / Atmosphere ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / Location ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This recently opened cafe is much more spacious than most Parisian coffee houses. A lively atmosphere always reigns inside and energetic music plays.

When ordering coffee, you can choose between Dark Roast Italien and Light Roast New Wave. This is a full-cycle coffee shop: coffee beans are roasted on their own and coffee is brewed on special coffee machines. 

We tasted a very delicate latte, with a slight bitterness. If you are not a fan of coffee, here you can still choose something for yourself: homemade lemonade, tea or thick hot chocolate and many desserts, among which carrot cake is especially popular.

Partisan Café Artisanal is open on Fridays and Saturdays until 22:00, which is a big exception for Paris. So check back here with friends to pause before returning to the hostel after a busy day.

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Address: 36 Rue de Turbigo, 75003 Paris

Getting there: Metro line 3, 1, Arts et Métiers station

Opening hours: Wednesday-Thursday 8: 30-17: 00 / Friday 8: 30-22: 00 / Saturday 9: 00-22: 00 / Sunday 9: 00-18: 00

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TERRES DE CAFE

Coffee ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ / Atmosphere ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ / Location ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The owner of Terres De Café opened this cafe in 2009 after several years of traveling in search of the best coffee in the world and working with leading suppliers of coffee beans.

 Now in Paris there are three cafes of this network: on the Rue Rambuteau opposite the Pompidou Center, in the north in the Batignolle district and in the seventh arrondissement, a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower. 

It brews coffee in accordance with the principles of French gastronomy, carefully selecting coffee beans and using only the freshest ingredients. Much attention is paid to the skill of the barista in serving and decorating coffee drinks.

Here we noticed for the first time that each type of coffee has its own and subtle aroma: for example, pineapple, raspberry, strawberry, almond, cinnamon or lemon. Terres De Café was recognized as one of the best specialized coffee houses in France in 2017.

 Here they take care not only of the high quality of coffee, but also of the environment: all capsules used are taken for recycling.

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We appreciated the soft and pleasant taste of latte coffee and chatted with the barista and the friendly waiters, sitting on funny yellow seats near the bar.

Address: 14 Rue Rambuteau, 75004 Paris

How to get there: metro line 1, 11, station Hôtel de Ville 

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9: 00-19: 00 / Saturday-Sunday 10: 00-19: 00

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LA CAFÉOTHÈQUE

Coffee ★★★★★ / Atmosphere ★★★★★ / Location ★★★★★

Gloria Montenegro, the former Ambassador of Guatemala to France, opened in 2001 the first specialized coffee shop in Paris – La Caféothèque, marking the beginning of the coffee revolution in the French capital.

 A real coffee ambassador, she regularly travels and makes purchases from farmers in South America and Africa. La Caféothèque is a pioneer and permanent leader of Parisian coffee culture.

This legendary coffee shop is located on the right bank of the Seine, at the foot of the Marais quarter, and from the small street terrace you can even see Notre Dame Cathedral.

 In one of the rooms you can see a special machine for roasting coffee, and behind the counter – a large selection of coffee beans from different countries. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee always lures you into this stylish, cozy and spacious coffee shop.

The menu offers a wide variety of drinks (not just coffee), desserts and even ice cream. Coffee here has a very soft and deep taste, and Valrhona chocolate, the best chocolate producer in France since 1922, is used to produce thick hot cocoa.

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Address: 52 Rue de l’Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris

Getting there: Metro line 7, Pont Marie station

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 9: 00-20: 00

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IBRIK

Coffee ★★★★★ / Atmosphere ★★★★ ☆ / Location ★★★★ ☆

The red door attracts attention and invites you to Ibrik – an unusual cafe that combines the atmosphere of the eastern Mediterranean and bright modern design. On the walls you can see images of Nazar – a traditional Turkish amulet from the evil eye.

As you might have guessed, real Turkish coffee is brewed here. For this, there are special devices, inside of which a teapot with coffee and cold water, called “Ibrik”, is placed on hot sand.

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 Turkish coffee tastes very strong, it has a deep and rich taste. Together with it you will be offered traditional oriental sweets. In Ibrik, coffee beans are brought from Kurt Cafe, one of the well-known suppliers in Paris.

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You may be asked to brew less strong coffee and dilute it with hot milk.

Address: 43 Rue Laffitte, 75009 Paris

How to get there: metro line 12, station Notre-Dame-de-Lorette / metro line 7, station Le Peletier

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8: 00-16: 00 / Saturday 11: 30-17: 30 / closed on Sundays

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LE CAFE ALAIN DUCASSE

Coffee ★★★★★ / Atmosphere ★★★★ ☆ / Location ★★★★ ☆

Alain Ducasse, the most titled chef in France, opened his coffee shop in Paris. After his revolution in the field of restaurant business, he challenged the entire coffee industry of the French capital. Ducasse aims to bring the culture of coffee to a new level and bring an element of art into it.

This cafe is decorated in an industrial style and looks more like a coffee laboratory. It has all the necessary equipment for roasting and grinding coffee beans, and for brewing coffee using a premium Italian coffee machine Marzocco with the company logo of Alain Ducasse.

The world star of gastronomy, he is sure that a cup of coffee is no less important stage of food intake than a main course or dessert. Bringing the culinary art to perfection, they strive for the same high standards in the field of coffee. If Michelin stars were awarded to coffee houses, we are sure that Le Café Alain Ducasse would be a record holder.

In addition to this coffee shop Alain Ducasse in the 11th arrondissement, two others recently opened in Paris: next to the Bastille and the Luxembourg Gardens.

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Address: 12 Rue St Sabin, 75011 Paris

Getting there: Metro line 5, Bréquet-Sabin station

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 8: 30-19: 00 / Saturday 8: 30-19: 30 / Sunday 9: 00-18: 00 / closed on Mondays

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UN GRAIN DÉCALÉ

Coffee ★★★★★ / Atmosphere ★★★★ ☆ / Location ★★★★ ☆

This neat, clean and very beautiful cafe with a few tables is located near the Luxembourg Gardens. Here you can enjoy a warm, friendly atmosphere or take away coffee.

 Barista was trained by the best specialists in France and Spain, is a member of the Professional Barista Association and the winner of the French coffee brewing championship in 2014. So the great taste of coffee is guaranteed.

Here you can taste all types of coffee beans and take your favorite by weight. Un Grain Decalé is a supplier of coffee beans to many Parisian restaurants, cafes and hotels.

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Address: 3 Rue Vavin, 75006 Paris

How to get there: metro line 12, station Notre-Dame des Champs 

Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10: 00-19: 00 / Monday, Sunday 14: 00-19: 00

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LE MALABAR

Coffee ★★ ☆☆☆ / Atmosphere ★★★★★ / Location ★★★ ☆☆

A traditional Parisian cafe located between the Eiffel Tower and the Invalides. It is both a restaurant and a bar where you can not only have coffee, but also have lunch or a cocktail. The cafe is open daily until 2 a.m.

We liked the cozy interior, which uses a dark wood with a warm cherry hue. Although the quality of coffee is average and typical of ordinary Parisian brasserie, we recommend visiting Le Malabar at least for the sake of its interior and authentic atmosphere, as well as delicious dishes.

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Address: 88 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris

Getting there: Metro line 8, La Tour-Maubourg station 

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 8: 00-02: 00

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ARABICA% PARIS

Coffee ★★★★★ / Atmosphere ★★★ ☆☆ / Location ★★★★ ☆

This is a popular cafe in Hong Kong, Kyoto and Paris, its emblem is the “%” sign. The owner of the cafe says that in childhood, his father, an entrepreneur and merchant, often took him with him on business trips.

 After university, he also engaged in trade and traveled a lot, but at a certain moment decided to radically change his life and devote it to a simple and useful business. Deciding that everyone needed good coffee, he bought a coffee farm in Hawaii and persuaded Yunichi Yamaguchi, the worldwide legend of latte art, to open a coffee shop with him.

The first Arabica% Paris coffee shop was opened in Kyoto in 2014 and quickly became super popular, and then success repeated in Paris. So soft and tasty coffee is brewed here that you no longer want to explore any other cafes: such perfection is unique.

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Address: 53-55 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris

Getting there: Metro line 12, Rue du Bac station

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COUTUME CAFE

Coffee ★★★★★ / Atmosphere ★★★★ ☆ / Location ★★★ ☆☆

Also a very famous Parisian cafe since 2011. The original interior in the loft style, space flooded with sunlight and high quality coffee will not leave you indifferent.

It is also a full-cycle coffee shop: Arabica coffee beans are roasted here and delivered to many cafes and famous restaurants throughout France. There are several professional coffee machines, each designed for a separate type of coffee.

 We tried the perfect flat white with a very mild flavor and a perfect proportion of espresso and milk foam. By the way, the menu has pictures illustrating the ratio of coffee to milk in each type of coffee drink.

We recommend ordering a gentle Japanese cheesecake – it just melts in your mouth.

Address: 47 Rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris

Getting there: Metro line 13, Saint-François Xavier station

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8: 30-17: 30 / Saturday-Sunday 9: 00-18: 00

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KB CAFE SHOP

Coffee ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ / Atmosphere ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ / Location ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This coffee shop is located in Montmartre, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Paris. Portions of coffee are smaller than usual, but in the very center there is a large long table, at which you can work or chat with a neighbor. In warm weather, you can sit on the outdoor terrace.

KB Café Shop concept – maximum freshness and quality of all ingredients. Here, coffee beans of different varieties are roasted and fine coffee is brewed, as well as delicious cakes and muffins are baked. You can buy coffee beans by weight and ask to grind them.

Address: 53 Avenue Trudaine, 75009 Paris

How to get there: metro line 2, 12, Pigalle station

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7: 45-18: 30 / Saturday-Sunday 9: 00-18: 30

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TEN BELLES

Coffee ★★★★ ☆ / Atmosphere ★★★★★ / Location ★★ ☆☆☆

Pleasant cafe in the Canal Saint-Martin in the north-eastern part of Paris. There are two floors and a huge fan on the ceiling – a necessary attribute of a popular cafe in hot summer weather.

Thomas, a famous barista and master of latte art, opened this cafe in 2012 and quickly earned the love of Parisian coffee lovers. His coffee has an excellent taste with a slight acidity.

Getting there: Metro line 5, Jacques Bonsergent station / Metro line 4, 5, 7, Gare de l’Est station 

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8: 30-17: 30 / Saturday-Sunday 9: 00-18: 00

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ONI COFFEE SHOP

Coffee ★★★★ ☆ / Atmosphere ★★★★ ☆ / Location ★★★ ☆☆

Nice cafe, which recently opened on a quiet street in the 10th arrondissement. The calm and comfortable atmosphere is conducive to relaxation, but many Parisians come here on weekdays to work on a laptop. Most cafes in Paris close early, but the Oni Coffee Shop is open until 20:00.

In addition to all kinds of coffee drinks, there are fruit juices with mint, ginger, cale salad and agave syrup, as well as delicious homemade cakes: walnut pie, carrot and banana muffins. The brunch menu description causes immediate salivation.

We liked this small and cozy cafe. We ordered a very pleasant and soft-tasting latte and spent half an hour of bliss on the outdoor terrace.

Address: 10 Boulevard Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris

How to get there: metro line 4, 8, 9, station Strasbourg-Saint-Denis 

Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 8: 30-20: 00 / Sunday 9: 00-20: 00 / closed on Mondays

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5 PAILLES COFFEE SHOP

Coffee ★★★★ ☆ / Atmosphere ★★★★ ☆ / Location ★★ ☆☆☆

Another secret cafe next to the Canal Saint-Martin, small in appearance, but very spacious inside.

Very soft and sweet coffee is brewed here, but matcha latte has a somewhat rude taste. We advise you to opt for coffee drinks.

How to get there: metro line 4, station Château d’Eau

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Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8: 00-18: 00 / Saturday-Sunday 10: 00-18: 00

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HEXAGONE CAFE

Coffee ★★★★★ / Atmosphere ★★★ ☆☆ / Location ★★ ☆☆☆

This is a specialized coffee shop near the Montparnasse tower, where the entire process of making coffee, including roasting coffee beans, is done on site. It is far from the popular sights of Paris, so here you will find a calm cafe atmosphere for residents of the 14th arrondissement

The landlord is the author of Le Café’s book, C’est Pas Sorcier (Coffee, Nothing Complicated), the main guide for French coffee houses. Therefore, you can be sure that the coffee in Hexagone Café will not disappoint you. Here you can also buy coffee beans by weight and homemade cakes.

By the way, Hexagone (“hexagon”) – so often called France itself for its hexagonal shape.

Address: 121 Rue du Chateau, 75014 Paris

How to get there: metro line 13, Pernety station 

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 8: 30-17: 30 / Saturday-Sunday 10: 00-18: 00 / closed on Mondays

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