Top 10 Paris Coffees

Getting a real coffee can be a bit like a treasure hunt in this city — you almost need to plan your day/meeting around it to make sure you get your fix in one of the very few places that know how to make it. There has been a lot of press on the issue recently, and the scene is quickly changing for the better thanks to French-Australian partnerships who are raising the bar, such as Café Lomi who supply most of the places on my list. There is hope, I promise.

Where to get a good Latte / drink real coffee in Paris:

Café Lomi Paris 18eme
Black Market – Paris 18eme
Le Bal Café – Paris 18eme Clichy
KB Café Shop (formerly Kooka Boora) – Paris 9eme
Coutume Café – Paris 7eme
Sugarplum Cakeshop and Café – Paris 5eme
L’inconnu Bar/Café – Paris 10eme
Ten Belles – Paris 10eme
Télescope (great coffee in a central part of town) – Paris 1eme
Vélo Café (mobile coffee cart at Place de la Bourse) – Paris 2eme
Alto Café (mobile coffee cart at Galeries Lafayette and Passage du Havre) – Paris 9eme.

cafe lomi latte

L'art du Cafe at Lomi, Paris. Image © Rachel Bajada


13 Responses to “Top 10 Paris Coffees”

  1. Eve Paris November 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    Great list!!!

  2. Charlie October 22, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    Has Black Market moved or just closed down?

  3. Lindsayy October 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Hey! Merce and the Muse is closing I believe…but don’t forget to add Ten Belles near the Canal!

  4. (@CobbleStay) May 24, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    Great list!

  5. Lynn May 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Great List! Just a quick correction — Le Bal is in the 18eme and KB is in the 9eme. Still need to try Telescope and will await the new Lomi opening 🙂

    • May 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

      Thanks for that Lynn I have corrected the addresses. Yes definitely check out Telescope- a great spot and really central. Yummy cakes too!

  6. Brandie May 23, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    I would also recommend Merce and the Muse for a good latte, not far from République.

    • May 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

      Thanks Brandie that was an oversight on my part- I thought I already had it on the list. It’s there now! 🙂

  7. Nelly May 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    I find It is difficult to enjoy the coffee in Paris, all the coffees taste very strong even with milk and I am missing the variety of a filter coffee or a cold capuccino or even nescafe. Do they only serve us espresso?

    • May 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      Indeed Nelly if you go to a standard café in Paris you will most likely be served a crappy espresso. Thus the list of places that serve the real thing! Enjoy

    • Lynn May 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      Another distinction is that typical cafés in Paris use boxed/shelf-stable milk, whereas the purists on this list would all use fresh milk. (I’m 99% sure they all do) Parisians are just so *used* to drinking an espresso — my boyfriend thinks putting milk or sugar into coffee is deguellasse (needless to say we don’t start our days drinking café au lait out of a bowl, unfortunately!).

    • dstlr May 31, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      KB serves all kinds of drip coffee. It takes a little time because it’s done to order, but it’s great!

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