Paris is known for many things: a rich sense of history from the Louvre to even the cobblestone streets, amazing views of incredible tourist spots, immense levels of PDA (seriously people just stop making out in front of me and control yourselves), and surprisingly some great coffee shops. Now I know my typical coffee tours have your typical coffee shop, but being that this was Paris, the home of some of the worlds best pastries and desserts, I thought I'd add to the mix some dessert spots with impeccable coffee as well to sweeten the experience (get it? sweeten? I am a master of wordplay obviously). So here it is, the Paris coffee tour:
This was the first coffee shop I stopped at. This coffee treasure is hidden away, 5 minutes from Place de la République. It's a small coffee shop with about 10-15 seats available, a bench that seats 3 comfortably outside, and a line up out the door of people ready and waiting to get some amazing coffee. Serving Hexagone roasters coffee (a local coffee roaster), this is a coffee shop that you NEED to stop by and check out.
Neighbours is another local favorite that offer not only some amazing single origins on their bar but also a full breakfast menu. Again, one of the smaller shops with seats available for about 20 people maximum, this shop will guarantee you two things: 1. You will fall in love with the coffee there and 2. you will not be disappointed with the food...seriously I went for the coffee but the breakfast smelled so good I couldn't turn it down.
Ok if the first two shops were small, Boot Café is tiny! With literally three seats around a lone table, this coffee shop brings a new meaning to simplicity. A small espresso machine, a grinder, a single pour over, and a kettle in the back, what this coffee shop lacks in space it makes up for in flavorful coffee. Serving Five Elephant coffee, the pour over I had was immaculately prepared and somehow managed to bring out flavors that I've never expected could come from a coffee...and trust me I've had some amazing coffees.
Café de Flore
Packed is an understatement to describe this old school Parisian café. A local favorite, this old school café serves some high quality coffee and even higher quality desserts. If you go grab yourself their Mille Feuille and a café allongé (espresso with a little bit of added water) and just live your best life.
Oni Coffee Shop
Photo by: @oni_coffeeshop
A quaint little coffee shop, Oni serves up some delicious baked goods, some intriguing menu items and of course some flavorful coffee choices. This full service coffee shop should definitely be on your list for a relaxed breakfast and a great cup of coffee.
Photo by: @foodyriess
Ok for those of you unfamiliar with Pierre Hermé let me paint you a picture. Imagine an endless lineup of different flavored macarons, then next to that is a never ending assortment of chocolates. What else would you need right? Well not only does this amazing dessert spot overlook the famous Champs Elysées, but it also offers amazing coffee to go with their specialty desserts. If you're ready to splurge a bit, definitely stop by and have yourself a treat.
Photo by: @arabica.paris
For those of you unfamiliar with the coffee chain, it is renowned on the eastern hemisphere, and of course it's Paris location is no different. Their Beaupassage Kiosk offers their signature roast and gives you not only the opportunity to really enjoy the coffee being served but the entire environment around you. An open space concept, this shop is well worth the visit.
Bonus: Grab and Go Coffee
This Bakery chain is everywhere in Paris, and for good reason, its amazing. You can get a great coffee on the go and whatever kind of pastry you can think of. It's a perfect stop for that tourist that just needs their croissant and coffee fix before going to visit the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, or to just go explore the wonderful city that is Paris.
So if you ever find yourself in Paris, looking for a good cup of coffee, why not check out one (or all) of these spots!
Bonne consommation de café (happy coffee drinking),
Alfred Drinking Coffee