Choosing Starbucks is acceptable in your hometown. Its quick, easy and familiar. In Paris? Don’t settle for less. Though it is often called “The City Of Lights,” it could just as easily be called “The City of Cafes.” Paris has a reputation for housing the best cafe scene in the entire world, and for good reason. It features a wide range of options including coffee specialists, brunch spots, and bakeries. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, you can’t miss it. Below are our favorite cafes in all of Paris.
Ten Belles is a coffee lovers’ dream and they back it up with a fantastic restaurant and bakery. This is a spot that is loved by locals and tourists, so if you come on a weekend morning, expect some crowds. They offer outdoor seating as well as indoor, making this spot a good pick rain or shine.
This cafe offers not only premium coffee drinks but also fantastic tea options. If you’re hungry, this isn’t the place for you. The menu features some snacks but is mostly drinks. Heads up: There are no computers allowed at the telescope café, so don’t come here if you’re looking for in-depth work.
If you want to accompany your drink with a delicious meal, choose Café Oberkampf. They serve substantial meals like avocado toast and grilled cheese sandwiches to go along with their coffee. This is an especially popular spot for brunch.
If Café Oberkampf is too crowded, check out its sister restaurant, Café Méricourt. It features a similar menu and the same top-notch quality of Oberkampf, but with a slightly different ambiance.
Le Peloton Café
This cafe is quite small, so it is best reserved for a stop in, rather than a few hours sitting down. The New Zealander owners give this cafe a different vibe than the French-owned spots but do not sacrifice quality. A bonus of La Peloton is that they also run bike rentals. If you want to ride the city after your morning cup, this is a one-stop shop.
This upscale shop features an “industrial-chic” design and has the equipment to match. If you want a modern drink you’ve never heard of before, this is the place for you. You probably don’t have to worry about seating here, as the dining room is quite large.
Le Petit Moulin
You won’t have any trouble finding this cafe. Its black and purple paint job makes it stick out from the earth tones that surround it. The interior features a quirkiness that matches the outside. If you want a cafe that is genuinely unique, give Le Petit Moulin a try.
Café de Flore
Café de Flore is likely the most recognizable name on this list. It is one of the oldest coffee houses in all of France, making it the perfect destination for those seeking a vintage vibe. It is known for serving the famous writers and artists of the past. When you visit here, you are sharing the space with the Hemingways and Capotes of history.
If you have a sweet tooth, visit Odette. While their drinks are delicious too, they are best known for their pastries. If you like to munch on something sweet while drinking your coffee, this is the cafe for you.
There are endless activities to do in the beautiful city of Paris, but each day should start with a trip to the cafe. Stick to our list, and you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy!