I would never describe myself as a coffee snob as frankly I’m usually fine with whatever caffeine is put in my cup but Paris is probably my favorite place to truly enjoy coffee. As the founder of Paris, Perfected I am in Paris often scoping out new places but I also always am sure to carve out time to really enjoy a good café terrace with a coffee in front of me.
They have so many wonderful spots and I typically make a habit of visiting lots of them on every trip.
No matter how you like to enjoy your coffee or what your preferred cup is – today I am sharing the best coffee shops in Paris for you to enjoy.
The Best Coffee Shops in Paris
A good thing to note about coffee culture in Paris – the coffee shops are not like they are in many spots in America when they open with the sun rising. Many don’t open till 9! I can’t tell you how many times I have set out to have a coffee before a 9AM meeting only to find a place closed. As always with Paris, opening hours are a guessing game, so I always recommend that you look at a place’s opening hours before you head there and expect them to be open.
This popular spot started as a hole in the wall within the interior courtyard of the Palais Royal but has expanded to several other locations in the same neighborhood that boast more seating but I am still partial to the original in Palais Royal.
They have darling takeaway cups that have become Instagram famous and also serve up tea cakes and cookies.
The location just outside the gates of the Palais Royal also has a good public restroom.
Fan of cycling? I’ve got the perfect coffee shop for you. This charming spot in a location just off Ile Saint Louis and near the Marais caters to cycling culture but also brews a good cup in a sunny and welcoming spot.
This tiny spot is a gem in Le Marais and I love their beautifully tiled floors. They serve a small menu of food in addition to delicious pastries and a very kind staff along with free wifi.
A new hole in the wall spot for takeaway coffee on a favorite street of mine in the Marais. Perfect to grab coffee before or after a visit to Place des Vosges or the Picasso museum nearby.
Another great Marais option, fringe is an espresso bar and photography space that serves single origin specialty coffee, tea and chocolat chaud alongside simple, healthy food.
In one of my favorite neighborhoods that boasts more locals than tourists, this is a great spot to enjoy your coffee outside before or after you head up the hill to Montmartre. Rue des Martyrs is also very worth a stroll.
Telescope offers some of the best coffee in Paris and is tucked away on a little street a stone’s throw away from popular sites like Le Louvre and Palais Royale. There’s plenty of seating so it is a great spot to get together with friends for a pick me up.
A newcomer in the 4th arrondissement and just steps away from the Seine, this bright and airy coffee shop also sells some pieces of art and offers some charming benches outside to enjoy your coffee en plein air.
I adore this spot in Le Marais that is housed in a former cobbler’s shop. There’s only about 3 seats so prepare to take your coffee to go.
Nearby Boot is also Yellow Tucan. Just near Place des Vosges, Yellow Tucan is a sunny spot serving specialty coffees, pressed juices & pastries.
Tucked away in the Haut Marais this spot has some tables outside that are perfect to enjoy your coffee on a sunny day. If you’ve ever been to Fragments before it closed, you’ll know this spot. I.O took over the former Fragments space.
Once you’ve enjoyed your coffee, head down the street to OFR Bookshop – one of my favorites.
A newer hole in the wall coffee shop you could easily miss while walking by but worth the takeaway cup if you can’t nab one of a few seats.
A hole in the wall spot in Saint Germain this place is a charming spot to take a rest and grab a good coffee.
Cuppa’s sister cafe is easily spotted usually due to the line out the door. The spot is super cozy and therefore usually has a wait for their pancakes, yogurt bowls, avo toast and of course their coffees.
This is a big and beautiful cafe in the 7eme and great for either a quick coffee or breakfast or lunch. Head to Le Bon Marche and La Grand Epicerie to browse before or after.
Not going to the Left Bank? You can still enjoy Coutume’s coffee by popping by their outpost just off Rue Saint Honore.
If you plan to go to the hipster and artsy 10eme arrondisement, hit up Ten Belles which is one of the best known coffee shops in Paris. The coffee is excellent and so are the pastries. Wander along the Canal Saint Martin while you sip or head to brunch at HolyBelly afterwards.
Alternatively, the brand has expanded and now offers locations in the 6eme as well as other arrondissements.
With a charming store front and just below the Montmartre neighborhood, check out this cute spot for a good cup next time you’re in the northern 9eme.
Coffee roasters since 2010 and sourcing beans from all around the world, this spot in the 9th serves up a great cup and has some seating outside if you luck out with a sunny day.
From the team at KB, this is a newer spot that’s great for a coffee date thanks to ample seating. The space is so light and airy and the staff friendly.
I always pop into Passager when I am visiting the 11eme arronidsement to go to Promenade Plantée and Rue Cremieux. It has the coolest vibe and I will also always remember it as the place I nearly forgot to pay! Unlike the U.S., this spot serves you your coffee to enjoy and then has you pay before you depart. Well, one time I forgot this only to step one foot out the door and realize. I turned around apologetically to some very shocked faces on the baristas – ha! This spot is nearby several of my favorite hidden gems in Paris.
Located in one of Paris’ oldest and most charming passageways this is a great spot for a little takeaway coffee. They’ve since expanded past their original passage location and you’ll find other Arabica spots in the city.
This bright and airy spot in Montmartre is one one of my favorite streets in La Butte and has great pastries alongside coffee.
Motors opened in a spot in the 1st that I don’t totally love (Les Halles) but often find myself in given its proximity to so much. I’m happy to have a reliable spot now for a takeaway coffee! They serve specialty coffees & baked goods in industrial-chic vibes.
I’d be lying if I said I went to this store for the cups more than anything else. But how chic, non? It’s a literal hole in the wall around the corner from the brand’s Saint Honore flagship store.
A newer spot in a great location nestled in Paris’s 1st arrondissement – this is a chic place with great speciality coffee. Their beans come in beautiful bags, too which I think makes for a fun souvenir to bring home.
Update: They have also now added a small outpost in the 8eme arrondissement.
This spot has been making home-roasted & single-origin coffees and teas since 1880. Located on the famous Rue Saint Honoré, this spot is home to cozy tables as well where you can order hot chocolate, have tea service or enjoy other simple dishes.
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