When you dream of Paris one can’t help but picture Michelin star restaurants, flaky croissants and the Eiffel Tower, but no trip for us is complete without making a few stops at some of the best coffee shops that the city has to offer.
In a city traditionally known for it’s culinary delights, the ever growing coffee scene in Paris means that there are endless options when it comes to discovering that perfect cup of coffee. So whether it’s finding a quiet corner to write some emails or catch up with friends for brunch, Paris has something to offer everyone.
Although we only had 36 hours Paris, we managed to drop into some of our favourite coffee shops in the city. So here is our Paris Coffee Guide!
This was the first coffee shop that we visited and was one of our favourites cafes during our weekend trip to Paris. The cafe is housed in a small but cozy space, in the northern end of Le Marais just a few streets away from the République metro stop.
The cafe has indoor seating for around 6-8 people, and upon entering you definitely notice the local neighbourhood vibe that is present. It’s perfect for a for a one-on-one catch up rather than a big group, and I wouldn’t recommend bringing your laptop here due to the limited table space.
The barista was super friendly and we found out that he was from Melbourne so it was fun speaking about our home town and travel, as well as getting some local recommendations. We both ordered a “crème” which the barista told us is their version of a flat white. The coffee was great, with beans from another local cafe, Cuillier. There is a small selection of pastries, cakes and toast options available too. If we lived in Paris I could see this being our local coffee shop!
Price: Espresso €2.50, Crème €4.00
16 Rue Dupetit-Thouars,
75003 Paris, France
Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Fondation Café Facebook
If you’re after a cafe with food match your coffee then Blackburn is the place to go. Blackburn is the the opposite of Fondation Cafe – it’s bustling with people and on the weekend it was a full house. There is plenty of seating for small groups and the free wifi encouraged people to work away on their laptops while enjoying their coffee.
Despite the limited menu, the food was hearty and delicious. I ate the Shakshuka (no surprises there!) while Andrew had an Oeuf Cocotte, which was a French dish of roasted eggs with cheese and cream. Both were really tasty and came accompanied with salads and bread.
Service was friendly, and the shop seemed to have a good mix of locals and tourists. Andrew ordered a single espresso and it was extracted well with smooth fruity notes that left him wanting another!
Price: Espresso €1.50 (single shot), Flat White €4.00, Shakshuka €12.50, Oeuf Cocotte €11.50
52 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin,
75010 Paris, France
Monday-Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Matamata is a cosy and inviting cafe located a couple of blocks from Les Halles station. They have a small menu of food items but what I liked most about this place was the option to order a set, which works out to be much better value for money. For example, one option they had was to order their avocado toast or toast of the week with any drink for €10.
We both had avocado toast and even though this post is about coffee, the toast deserves an honourable mention. It is one of my favourite avocado toasts since moving to the UK and that’s saying something! The combination was something that I had never had before – smashed avocados mixed with feta cheese, sprinkled with flaked almonds and topped off with a drizzle of honey. The almonds added a crunchy texture while the saltiness of the feta paired perfectly with the sweet honey. Just thinking about it makes me long for another slice!
The baristas are friendly and take pride in their coffee serving beans from Lyon based roaster, Mokxa Coffee and needless to say our oat milk flat whites were delicious. We noticed that oat milk isn’t that common in Paris, so we were excited when we heard that Matamata had it as an option.
Price: Espresso €2.50, Flat White €4.50, Toast + Drink set €10 (get this option if you can!)
Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
We visited the Boot Café during our last visit to Paris and it was so good that we had to make another visit. The barista that we met last year was still working there, and he was excited to hear that we were back at his shop after a year! We found out that he had moved to Paris from Tokyo around 3 years ago, and has been serving up coffee to his loyal customers ever since. We both had cortados and even though it was past the time I usually allow myself to have a coffee I had no regrets. The coffee was as great as we remember it to be!
If you think Fondation Café is small, Boot Café is even smaller! Most people get takeaway coffee but there are two small round tables in the cafe, which can seat around 4 people. Even at 6pm there was a line out the door, but don’t worry, you won’t have to wait long.
Price: Espresso €2.50, Cortado €3.00
We also featured it in our Paris Travel Diary last year.
Monday-Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Boot Cafe Instagram