In fact, I’ve done a whole guide to the city
Anyway, now it’s time to turn my attention to coffee. Here’s what I recommend, with a few tips from past guests thrown in. And yes, this is almost all specialty coffee where something like a cappuccino would cost four to five euros.
This place is pretty petite, but the location is great. In fact, get a takeaway coffee and go and explore the Palais Royale on the café’s doorstep. Address: 52 rue de Richelieu.
2nd: Mata Mata
Friendly staff, New Zealand vibe, and a surprisingly big downstairs area. The cafe’s surroundings are excellent, with Rue Montorgueil just around the corner. Address: 58 rue d’Argout.
3rd: Cafe Louistic
Tucked away on a side street near the Pompidou museum, this place offers strong banter from the owner Channa, but much stronger coffee. Address: 40 Rue Chapon
4th: Le Peloton
This place is regularly mentioned on The Earful Tower and for good reason: They’re the friendliest baristas in Paris and their filter coffee is worth having twice. Address: 17 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe
5th: Shakespeare and Co cafe
You’d be mad not to grab a coffee here after you’ve checked out the books on offer next door. Sit outside and enjoy an unparalleled view of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Address: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie
6th: The Café Procope
It’s the oldest still-running café in France, founded in 1686, and offers unmissable French revolution memorabilia upstairs. You can even see Napoleon’s hat. Address: 13 Rue de l’Ancienne Comédie
This place is simply the Godfather of the Paris coffee scene. It, alone, is worth the trip across the River Seine. Address: 47 rue de Babylone.
And imagine this, the Aussie behind Coutume was one of the first ever guests on this podcast. Wow, that seems like a lifetime ago.
8th: The Café du Petit Palais
It’s free to access the interior courtyard of the Petit Palais art museum. The cafe’s coffee might not win any awards, the setting is a real treat. Address: Avenue Winston Churchill
This coffee shop is a top spot for people-watching over a flat white. Address: 53 avenue Trudaine
10th: Ten Belles
It may look little from the outside, but pop inside and enjoy a hot coffee served by warm-hearted baristas. Address: 10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles
11th: Cafe Méricourt
The freshest spot on the Paris coffee scene, this place is filled with natural light from the huge windows and from the guy who runs the place, Guy. Address: 22 Rue de la Folie Méricourt
He was on The Earful Tower podcast talking about whether hipsters are ruining Paris here.
12th: Café Aouba
This tiny little spot is hidden by the Aligre Markets and is the perfect place to grab a coffee before taking on the markets. And they roast their own beans too. Address: 30 rue d’Aligre
13th: L’arobase cafe
Someone in the coffee industry told me that the 13th arrondissement is a “wasteland for good coffee”. Seems true to me, this area was the hardest to find a good coffee shop. But L’arobase will tide you over and their cakes get great reviews. Address: 101 rue du chevaleret
14th: Hexagone cafe
While it might be a little off the beaten track, these guys know their coffee and it’s worth finding. Address: 121 rue du Château
15th: Good News Coffee Shop
This place is the newest on the list, it opened in April 2018. Fresh, light, and run by an Aussie with a passion for good coffee. Check it out. Address: 27 bis Rue Mademoiselle.
16th: You Decide
You gotta love the name of this cafe. Where shall we go? You Decide. Ha! Anyway, come out here if you’re looking for a little lunch before your coffee too. Address: 152 Avenue Victor Hugo
Cosy setting in the heart of the ever-charming Batignolles area, with friendly staff and tasty coffee. What more do you need? Address: 82 Place du Dr Félix Lobligeois
18th: Cafe Lomi
This place has something quite rare in Paris… a really wide open view through the windowed entry wall. It feels like you’re in Australia with all that space. And the staff make the effort to remember your name. Address: 3 ter Rue Marcadet
Tucked away behind the canal (in the area that’s quickly becoming the new trendy hangout for Parisians) you’ll find Kaffeebar. The perfect way to reward yourself after a long canal stroll. Address: 26B Rue de l’Ourcq
20th: Le Barbouquin
Here’s a neat spot on the most colourful street in Paris. Nice coffees and great ice coffee when it’s hot outside. Address: 1 Rue Denoyez, 75020 Paris
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