The Best Coffee Shops in Paris

March 5, 2019

Best Paris Coffee Shops I wit & whimsy

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

Best Paris Coffee Shops I wit & whimsy

Best Paris Coffee Shops I wit & whimsy

Best Paris Coffee Shops I wit & whimsy

Best Coffee in Paris I wit & whimsy

Cafe Kitsune

 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.

Best Coffee in Paris I wit & whimsy

Ob La Di

 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.

Best Coffee in Paris I wit & whimsy

KB Cafeshop

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 Coffee

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).

Best Coffee Shops in Paris I wit & whimsy

Boot Cafe

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.

Best Coffee in Paris I wit & whimsy

Dreamin Man

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.

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Coutume Cafe

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.

Ten Belles

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.

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Back in Black

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.

Best Coffee Shops in Paris I wit & whimsy

Cafe Oberkampf

 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.

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Arabica Paris

Located in one of Paris’ oldest and most charming passageways this is a great spot for a little takeaway coffee.


p.s. where to stay in Paris and 3 perfect days in Paris.

12 comments on “The Best Coffee Shops in Paris”

  1. So envious but in the nicest way! I’m Canadian and looking out at 6 feet of snow, it started snowing in early November and today’s temperature is -20C (-4 Fahrenheit) . Loved the Cherry Tree blooms in London ( my favourite city). Also, love your pink dress. Can you really wear that in Paris and not be cold??. Also like your coffee shop run down. Keep on enjoying!

  2. Love this list! And going to add Hardware Societe opposite the Sacre Coeur (just checked and it’s still open) for the best iced lattes and brunch, and Cafe Marly for the best view overlooking the pyramide du Louvre (and the resident cat, Richelieu, who likes to sunbathe on the wall there).

    But seriously, how soon can we go back??

    Briony xox

  3. I have been following you on Instagram for a while. My daughter lived in NYC right out of college and has since moved back to Alabama, but it was fun to find spots on your blog to share your adventures with her. My husband and I are going to Paris for our 30th wedding anniversary at the end of March. I have traveled many places, but never to Paris. Your blog has helped me in planning my itinerary. I love all of your great suggestions for where to go, eat and stay! I am getting excited as my trip drawers near. A few questions for you – I love your wardrobe, but I have read that Paris is around 50-60 degrees (our trip is 3/29-4-6). I am wondering if the clothes you have on this week will work for me. While I love your red sleeveless dress, is this typical of the weather or is it more a sweater with a leather jacket? Also, I want to squeeze in as many of your recommendations for the charming places to eat, but since it is my first visit I also want to see as many of the sites as possible without feeling to rushed. I have heard dinner is a long process, but would love to eat a bit early and do something afterward like see the Eiffel Tower or take a cruise on the Seine. What time would you recommend having dinner to allow us time afterwards and not get caught in the experience of a French dinner. We will do this once or twice, but not every night. Do you recommend reservations for most of the restaurants you have recommended? Enjoy your trip!!! I can’t wait to get there myself.

    1. Hi Pam – how fun you’re going to Paris for the first time – I am so excited for you! It will be rather cold still. I’ve been in May and still been in layers so I would recommend a good winter coat and some nice sweaters. These photos I’m sharing have all been taken at different times of year amidst my various travels to Paris. I would say as long as you go to dinner on the earlier side it won’t be that long of an affair. I typically eat around 7 whereas Parisians are more so around 8:30 or 9. The cruise along the Seine is one of my favorite experiences! I do recommend reservations for dinner when you can get them as it makes for a smoother dining experience. Have the best time!

  4. All your travel posts of London and Paris are making me want to book a flight to Europe as soon as possible. There really is nothing quite like sitting in a cafe in Paris drinking coffee and watching the world go by! I still find myself wishing I could find somewhere in the states that mirrors that feeling.

    1. I hope you get to go soon, Caitlin! And so agree about mirroring the experience here. I do take myself out to lunch occasionally (and always on my birthday!) but it’s not the same as the cafe scene!

      1. I will be visiting Paris next week and was therefore reading this post. It is funny that ”abroad” always feels more special and hard to mirror that feeling somewhere nearby. I live in Europe and Paris is a 5-hour drive for me, but I have only been there twice before.. But when friends go to the States or Asia, it seems more special. Reading this makes me appreciates that I’m surrounded by so many beautiful countries here!! 🙂 And thanks for all the helpful tips, Meghan!

        1. Well this comment totally made my day! You’re so right that it is easy to forget to cherish our every day surroundings – I know I do sometimes living in NYC! Thank YOU for this little reminder 🙂 I’m so glad to have you as a reader of wit & whimsy.

  5. I used some of your recommendations when I was in Paris for a few days over new year – thank you! It was partly your writing on solo travel & being single in your thirties that made me decide to be brave & treat myself to a solo trip ? I also had the best dinner at the bar at Ober Mama!

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