Ah, Paris. The land of delectable pastries, world class restaurants dishes and… quite often… fairly unimpressive coffee.
But never fear! Following our Paris Countdown series – where we explored all 20 Paris districts for a full day – we can confidently recommend a great cafe in every single neighbourhood. Our explorations inspired this list, let us know what we missed in the comments below.
A note: almost all these places serve specialty coffee, where a typically cappuccino would cost around five euros.
This coffee shop opened up in 2021 in the middle of the Palais-Royal, and provides the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing half-hour on a nearby park bench. @bonjour_palais_royale Address: 30 Gal de Montpensier, 75001
Long-time friends of the show, the team at Boneshaker opened a second, bigger space in 2021, just down the road from their original spot. Pop in for great coffee, legendary donuts, and enough space to sit down and enjoy it. @boneshakerparis Address: 86 Rue d’Aboukir, 75002
4th: Le Peloton Café
This cafe is a very dear location to many, including all of us here at The Earful Tower. One of the owners, Paul Barron, featured on our podcast talking about his cafe and the 4th district itself, be sure to say hi from us if you make it in. @lepelotoncafe Address: 17 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004
5th: Le Loulou
6th: Cafe de Flore
Let’s face it: If you want to visit the most Parisian of all Parisian cafes, you’ll have to choose between Cafe de Flore or Les Deux Magots next door. During our visit of the 6th district, we chose Cafe de Flore and it didn’t disappoint. Since it opened in 1887, pretty much every famous person who has been in Paris has visited. Their website looks like it was written by Google Translate, but you can get a good idea of the history on the link above. Go for the terrace, and watch Parisians at play. Note: The coffee will not win any awards, this one is all about the setting. @lecafedeflore Address: 172 Bd Saint-Germain, 75006
7th: Coutume Cafe
8th: Iwi Coffee
If you’re after a friendly spot with great coffee, head to Iwi and say hello to Gabriel who also featured on our podcast all about the 8th district. The place is tiny, probably best you grab a takeaway. Note: “Iwi” means tribe in Te Reo Maori; the French owner spent a few years in Auckland, New Zealand. @iwicoffee Address: 6 Rue la Boétie, 75008
9th: KB CaféShop
10th: Ten Belles – Paris 10
This place has recently reopened after a serious makeover. It’s twice as big as before and even more lovely. Perfect place to grab a takeaway coffee to drink beside the canal. @tenbelles Address: 10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010
11th: Cafe Mericourt
There are loads of cafes in this neighbourhood but none match Cafe Mericourt, run by Guy Griffin. This place is an Earful Tower favourite, we have been coming here since before it opened. In fact, one of the first ever live videos was Guy showing us the facade of this cafe the same day he got the keys to it five years ago. Killer coffee and brunch options in a beautiful setting. @cafemericourt Address: 22 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011
12th: Cafe CC
This charming little spot near the Aligre Markets is the perfect place to grab a coffee before taking on the markets. They make their own cakes too. @cafecc_paris Address: 6 Rue Théophile Roussel, 75012 Paris
13th: Café Cayo
Check out the new kid on the block! This coffeeshop opened in 2022 and has friendly staff, great speciality coffee and a selection of cakes by the counter that hit the spot. Grab the lemon cake, you’ll be in for a real treat. @cayo_coffee_roasters Address: 9 rue du Chevaleret, 75013
14th: Hexagone Café
Good coffee on a quiet street – and they roast it too. Take a coffee to go and visit the exceptional nearby church called Église Notre-Dame-du-Travail. @hexagonecafe Address: 121 Rue du Château, 75014
15th: Good News Coffee Shop
This place is run by an Australian by the name of Fox: That’s him in the cap, below, and you can hear his voice our podcast episode about the 15th district. His cafe, Good News, is a beautiful spot for lunch and/or a flat white coffee. @good_news_coffeeshop Address: 27 bis Rue Mademoiselle, 75015
16th: Noir: Victor Hugo
Be sure to pop into this funky cafe for some good coffee and their generously sized cookies. They opened up in 2022 and are already a ‘must stop coffee spot’ in the 16th. @noir_coffeeshop Address: 32 rue Gustave Courbet, 75116
17th: Dose Café
Lovely little place with a brilliant location, right by the Square des Batignolles. Sit on the sunny terrace or take your coffee to go and stroll in the park. Address: 82 Place du Dr Félix Lobligeois, 75017 @dose.paris
This team already has a great cafe in the 11th, exciting to see they expanded in 2021 with this cute spot in Montmartre. When you’re done here, stroll up rue Androuet, which was made famous (at least in our books) for getting frozen as the setting for a 1942 movie. @thebeansonfire Address: 61 Rue des Trois Frères, 75018
19th: Kaffebar 19
20th: The Dancing Goat
That’s all for now! Happy exploring – now with a good cup of coffee in hand! 🙂
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