French Fridays: Yes, you can get a decent coffee in Paris

This year marks 20 years since I left home and moved to Paris where I ended up staying over 5 years.  Since I left in 2000, I have had the good fortune to have visited the city  fairly regularly and one of the things I have noticed, especially over the past few years is how the coffee scene has changed.  When I moved to Paris in early 1995, decent coffee was nowhere to be found. the whole idea of the “café culture” sounded so romantic yet the reality was that whilst sitting on a café terrace people watching for a few hours was a great way to pass the time, the coffee that accompanied this activity was sub-par (and that’s putting it niucely).  Coming from Australia where we I the good fortune to have grown up with a great coffee culture, (thanks to the huge influx of Europeans migrants in the 1950s who brought good quality coffee (espresso) to the country), I had been spoiled. As a high school student, I felt so sophisticated when, on a Friday afternoon, I would gather with my girlfriends at the now defunct Al Fresco Café  on Rundle Street (which opened in 1980 and was one of the first in Adelaide to introduce the patio people-watching culture, sadly closing its doors in 2012) and order a cappuccino.  We all felt SO sophisticated!

Needless to say, arriving in Paris in 1995 I was a little lost without my daily coffee fix but over the past few years, thanks to some of the newer coffee drinking establishments – often owned and operated by Australians! – I have able to order fabulous coffee – there is so much choice these days and it seems that a new place is popping up every week. No matter where you are staying, you aren’t too far from a decent cortado or flat white.

Here, in no particular order (and this is a work in progress and obviously not an exhaustive list) are some of my favourite places to enjoy my java in Paris:

La Caféothèque de Paris

Cafeotheque in Paris on Iced coffee at Cafeotheque in Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comLa Caféothèque de Paris
52, rue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville
75004 Paris


Cortado at Ob La Di in Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comOb-La-Di
54 Rue de Saintonge,
75003 Paris

Fondation Café

Fondation Cafe in Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comFondation Café
16 Rue Dupetit-Thouars,
75003 Paris


HolyBelly in Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comHolyBelly
19 Rue Lucien Sampaix,
75010 Paris

Café Kitsuné

#cafekitsune in Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comCafé Kitsuné
51 Galerie de Montpensier,
75001 Paris


Telescope Cafe in Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comTélescope
5 Rue Villedo,
75001 Paris


Lousitc in Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comLoustic
40 Rue Chapon,
75003 Paris

Folks and Sparrows

Folks and Sparrows in Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comFolks and Sparrows
14 Rue Saint-Sébastien,
75011 Paris


Merci cafe in Paris on Tabletop at Merci in Paris on Cafe au lait at Merci in Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comMerci
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais,
75003 Paris

Boot Café

Banana bread and cortado at Boot Cafe in Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comBoot Café
19 Rue du Pont aux Choux,
75003 Paris

Ten Belles

Ten Belles in Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comTen Belles
10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles,
75010 Paris

Café Craft

Cafe Craft in Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comCafé Craft
24 Rue des Vinaigriers,
75010 Paris

You might also enjoy:

Good Coffee in Paris
The best coffee in Paris via Time Out (March 2015)
Paris by Mouth’s guide to decent coffee
Lindsey’s ever-evolving guide to Paris coffee on Lost in Cheeseland

8 thoughts on “French Fridays: Yes, you can get a decent coffee in Paris”

  1. I’ve always been a tea drinker, but moving into an Italian neighbourhood in my youth gave me an appreciation for good coffee, too. Your list must have been an awful lot of fun to compile.

  2. Mardi, I love this post. As an Aussie who is truly spoilt for coffee, travelling seems to often disappoint on the coffee front. I am going to put this post in my Paris Planning list. I am also going to give you a little bonus surprise for this contribution to Paris in July. drop me an email with your address and I’ll send you a gift.. Thanks so much.


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