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 enjoy coffee. They have so many wonderful spots and I typically make a habit of visiting lots of them on every trip. Today’s Paris Week post is a look at my favorite spots to enjoy a cafe au lait or une noisette.
The Best Coffee Shops in Paris
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.
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.
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. (It’s also right around the corner from my favorite hotel Hotel Therese).
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.
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.
This chic coffee shop and cafe serves breakfast all day and is super popular with locals. It’s close to one of my favorite shops Merci so be sure to hit both up.
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 before or after.
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.
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.
Not only is this a cute and bright spot for coffee but I also have dreams about their toasted banana bread (seen above). Maybe one of the best baked goods I’ve ever had. It is a bit further out from where you may be spending your time in Central Paris but it is well worth the trek.
Located in one of Paris’ oldest and most charming passageways this is a great spot for a little takeaway coffee.