Guide: Specialty Coffeeshops in Paris
Specialty Coffeeshops in Paris
Today there are well over a hundred specialty coffeeshops in Paris. There wasn’t when I first lived in the city back in 2012. I’ve followed the specialty coffee scene in Paris rather closely since I was first introduced to La Caféothèque by a friend when I lived in Paris a couple of years ago. It’s one of my favorite coffee scenes, along with the ones in Berlin and New York, and I love that every time I visit the city, a handful of new coffeeshops have popped up! I thought it was about time I put together this little “guide” to the very best specialty coffeeshops in the french capital, so without further ado…
La Caféothèque was my introduction to specialty coffee. Or coffee in general. I didn’t drink nor like coffee before I moved to Paris and a friend of mine took me to La Caféothèque, saying “this is where you’ll have the best cup of coffee!” And La Caféothèque certainly does serve a hell of a (excuse the language) good cuppa! It remains of my favorite coffeeshops, and I cannot go to Paris and not go to La Caféothèque. The coffee is one thing, but the atmosphere makes it one of my favorite spots in the city as well. Also, La Caféothèque was actually the beginning of specialty coffee in Paris! Awesome, right? La Caféothèque import and roast their own coffee from over 20 countries worldwide.
La Caféothéque, 52 Rue de l’Hôtel de ville
KB Caféshop is one of my all-time favorites as well. It’s located on the top of the foodie-street, Rue des Martyrs (another reason to go – this street is magic! But beware, your wallet might suffer from your cravings after walking past the many pâttiseries, bakeries, restaurants and fromageries!) Never the less, KB Caféshop is where you’ll find the cool crowd of Pigalle working on their laptops, aaand it’s also the perfect place to sit outside and people-watch while sipping your cortado! KB Caféshop roast their own coffee, but also have guest roasts (I hear they have beans from danish The Coffee Collective sometimes!)
KB Caféshop, 53 Avenue Trudaine
Thomas Lehoux (founder of Ten Belles) and David Flynn (co-founder of Télescope) are behind the roastery Belleville Brûlerie and the Parisian-style coffeeshop/café La Fontaine de Belleville located in an old jazz-café/bar on a quiet corner close by the Canal Saint-Martin. The coffeeshop is the perfect mix of specialty coffeeshop and traditional, parisian sidewalk café. It attracts the international, coffee-loving cool kids as well as locals who just want to chill by the counter while having their espresso! (and you can have wine and beer there, too!) Can you imagine anything better? La Fontaine de Belleville serve their coffee on beans from – uhm, obviously – Belleville Brûlerie!
La Fontaine de Belleville, 31-33 Rue Juliette Dodu
Holybelly is my go-to brunch spot in Paris. There I’m guaranteed the best pancakes I’ve ever tasted out of the US + amazing coffee (beans from the pals over at Belleville Brûlerie on the other side of the canal). Holybelly just opened their new space, which is somewhat larger, making the weekend queue a little shorter. The service is top-notch and the people working there are the nicest!
Holybelly, 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix
Coutume Café is amongst the roasteries/coffeeshops that are most active in developing the specialty coffee scene in Paris. From day one, Tom Clark and Antoine Nétien (the founders) have had a clear goal in mind: to improve the quality of the coffee consumed in the french capital. Halleluja! Coutume Café is located in the more quiet 7th arrondissement, and the space is bright and spacious! I used to come here and work, but unfortunately they don’t allow laptops in the café anymore.
Coutume Café, 47 Rue de Babylone
You’ve probably stumbled upon a ton of photos of Fragment’s facade on Instagram – It’s pretty darn cute! Out front the coffeeshop has put little benches, bikes and plants, so it’s really quite nice to look at. It’s not all about the looks though, is it – Fragments serve tasty coffee and (almost) equally as tasty bites – I can recommend their avocado toast, and their cinnamon buns are yum too! Fragments serve beans from different roasteries – sometimes Coutume, sometimes Belleville Brûlerie etc.
Fragments, 76 Rue des Tournelles
Familiar with Maison Kitsuné? It’s a trés chic fashion brand (and electronic record company apparently?) and they have a beautiful, petit coffeeshop in the garden of the Palais Royal (seriously the best location!) I love sitting in this particular garden as you’re practically in the city centre, yet it’s always super quiet. Kitsuné serves coffee on beans from London-based Workshop Coffee!
Café Kitsuné, 51 Galerie de Montpensier
Honor is the perfect coffeeshop on sunny, warm days. Why, you ask? Because it’s Paris’ first – and so far only – outdoor specialty coffeeshop! It’s nestled between parisian buildings in a little yard off of Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré. Fancy, right? Honor has their own espresso blend roasted by Coutume, but they also run guest coffee on espresso and aeropress from acclaimed, european roasters. Definitely check this one out on your next visit to Paris!
Honor Café, 54 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Many of Paris’ best specialty coffeeshops are located around the 10th arrondissement and Place de la République. So is this one. Here you’ll find mexican food, Parisian café-vibes and good coffee. Republique of Coffee serves (delicious!) coffee on beans from the Paris roaster The Beans on Fire.
Republique of Coffee, 2 Boulevard Saint-Martin
I wrote a separate post about this one, ’cause, well, it’s just too cute. The owner, Clementine, chose to combine two lovely things in her shop: flowers and specialty coffee! Can you think of a better combination? The place is pink and pretty, and Clementine serves coffee on beans from Coutume. If you follow Peonies on Instagram you’ll also see the beautiful, sweet creations (cake) that her chef makes for the café! Oh my god… Too delicious..
Peonies, 81 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis
Hip concept store combining fashion and specialty coffee! What’s not to like? It’s situated on a quiet corner in the 3rd arrondissement with beautiful, scandinavian-inspired interior. They get their coffee from a norwegian supplier, but it’s none the less delicious. Oh, and apparently the barista used to work at KB!
The Broken Arm, 12 Rue Perrée
Café Oberkampf is where you go brunchin’ with your best homiesss. Here you’ll find a quality meal at a fair price – dressed up by specialty coffee, of course. If you’re as big of a fan of avocados as I am, you’ll want to try the avocado tartine d’avocat, ricotta et gingembre which is plain delicious! Also check out the new littlebrother of Café Oberkampf, Café Mericourt, not too far, in Rue de la Folie Méricourt. Oberkampf get their beans from Coutume and various guest roasters (including Belleville Brûlerie).
Café Oberkampf, 3 Rue Neuve Popincourt
I remember my first visit to Ten Belles – it was with a friend of mine, and we were discussing how cool it would be to some day open our own, little coffeeshop in Paris! I guess that’ll always be a little dream of mine. Never the less, like mentioned earlier in this post, Ten Belles was founded by Thomas Lehoux in 2012. He did, however, sell his share about a year ago so that he could focus on Belleville, which is understandable. Ten Belles is a teeny tiny coffeeshop with a very international clientele – super different from La Fontaine de Belleville further up the road. Belleville Brûlerie does, of course, supply the coffeeshop with their beans!
Ten Belles, 10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles
Yet another tiny specialty coffeeshop. David Flynn opened this one with Nicolas Clerc when Thomas Lehoux was busy with Ten Belles. It attracts both tourists and locals who appreciate a nice cuppa. The last time I was there they didn’t have wifi – I read somewhere that David Flynn wanted to keep the technology out of the café, so that people would instead chat and enjoy each others company over good coffee! Which is a nice thought of course.
Télescope, 5 Rue Villedo
.. Another coffee shop that seems to like danish coffee roasters. When I visited I was surprised to find out that they served coffee from the city of Aarhus! I’ve stumbled upon Coffee Collective numerous times in different cities, including Paris, but never from Aarhus-based La Cabra. 5 Pailles hasn’t been open for much longer than half a year, and is located right next to PEONIES in Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis. It’s perfect for hiding in the back room with your laptop, enjoying a beautifully made latte!
5 Pailles, 79 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis
I lived for about six months in the 6th arrondissement of Paris (on the border to the 5th), so I was close by Rue Monge, where Strada is located. Unfortunately, for whatever reason I can’t possibly think of, I never visited. I wasn’t until after I had moved (to a different area of Paris or to Denmark – I don’t remember) that I finally made my way to Strada. The coffee is top-notch, and there’s plenty of room for coffee loving guests!
Strada, 24 Rue Monge
The coffeeshop Fringe is owned by Jeff Hargrove who co-wrote/published the book “Paris Coffee Revolution”, so I’ve had the pleasure of talking to Jeff on a few occasions when I had work-related questions about the coffee scene in Paris! He has danish girls working for him in the café, so it’s always fun to pop by and have a chat with a fellow dane 😉 Fringe also serves coffee on beans from danish Coffee Collective from time to time!
Fringe, 106 Rue de Turenne
(I want to include Boot Café and O’Coffee here, but the sad truth is that I haven’t been yet! So it’ll have to wait, I guess) 😉
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