PARIS > CAFÉ & TEA
Along the right bank of the Seine is the 1st, home to Paris’ most important museums and cafes, including a third of our recommendations. Equally as dotted on our cafe map of Paris is the Marais district. We spiraled out, featuring at least one top cafe in each of the inner arrondissements, till we reached the 10th and then recoiled as our hearts had already been stolen by our inner spiral discoveries.
1. Cafe de Flore
Cafe de Flore reminds us we’re just like our heroes. Picasso and the like wandered in for breakfast and were serviced, just as you are, because they had good money not because they were famous.
2. Ten Belles
It’s places like Ten Belles that have given Paris, the city that’s otherwise full of high culture, its coffee culture.
3. Cafe Kitsune
Whether you find Mr. Fox eating a fox shaped biscuit questionable you won’t question the food served at Cafe Kitsune as products are as local as local can get.
4. Telescope Cafe
Bring your VTC bags for former fashion photographer and cafe owner to savour, and while he reminisces about his old art you can savour cups of his new art.
5. Cafe Coutume
More like a winebar than cafe in its scientific approach to the coffee it serves, Cafe Coutume stands out among the other bobo cafes that comprise Paris’ new coffee scene.
Two musings on the new Parisian coffee scene: your coffee to-go cup is meant to be instagrammed and bonjour and g’day are interchangeable as the cafe is likely run by Aussies.
7. Ob La Di
Avocado toasts and iced lattes - Ob La Di is the sort of place where everything becomes you, where you don’t leave till you’ve drafted plans for the redesign of your room and jotted down recipes for gourmet toasts.
8. Boot Cafe
Top rated, this cafe spotlights two other shared attributes among Paris’ trendy cafes – the desire to expand to a Tokyo address and cool backstories to the often centuries old shop they occupy.
9. Cafe Pinson
Feel like you’ve been given an unsolvable puzzle when you’re put in charge of finding a “healthy” cafe? When the menu consists of soft boiled eggs with caviar on a bed of nori algae you and your bon viveur friends know you’re in good hands.
10. L’Improbable Café
While accustomed to seeing French boulangeries in Brussels it’s not often you find that the center of attention at a popular Parisian cafe to be a Belgian baked good– the pistolet bread roll, used as the canvas for creations like “Tintin II”, a sandwich with smoked Haddock tartare and beets!
11. Used Book Cafe Merci
What did we say earlier about Parisian cafes having prologues? Once a wallpaper factory the cafe, whose walls are covered from floor-to-ceiling with bookshelves, has one overarching preamble but also thousands of prefaces (each from one of its books of course).
12. A Priori The
Are you the type that doesn’t settle with the first place you pass even if it’s gorgeous and keep browsing till you’re satisfied in knowing the first was the best? How a posteriori of you! Sitting beneath the glass roof at the stunning Galerie Vivienne is an experience we won’t even try talking ourselves out of an afternoon at A Priori The!
13. Le Nemours
The favorite haunt of Comédie-Française actors and film location for intimate dialogue scenes in dramedies, patrons can sit and order a cafe and gateau just as stars of the stage and screen do – we are all equals in the eyes of a Parisian waiter.
14. Cafes Verlet
By virtue of the fact Cafes Verlet is where top chefs get their coffee, one could say that the coffee here is the reason good food exists across Paris.