There's no better way to spend a Paris afternoon than people watching with a delicious cup of coffee. So do as the Parisians do: grab a seat, bring a book (or a friend), and chill like there's nowhere else you have to be. But first, check out the cafés where we love to sit, sip and people-watch.
You can't miss this bright blue nook tucked in the Marais. A former cobbler's shop, and still donning the original "Cordonnerie" sign, Boot Café was opened in 2014 by expat, Phil Euell. Of course there's top-notch coffee-- barista Melodie Knight won 2014 AeroPress competition-- but this little space is also beautifully lit and super cool with its postcard lined walls. With just a few tables and some chairs out front, you'll be lucky if you can grab a place to sit. But if not, don't fret. As the front window reads: "these coffees are made for walking."
Head on over to the Bassin de la Villette and look for the brightly painted Pavilion des Canaux, an old two-story house turned café, restaurant, and bar. Grab a seat in their garden facing the water or look for a cozy corner inside. The funky, fun interior has lots of secret spots and the food is sure to please. Go for lunch and grab a soup, salad, or slice of quiche, and don't forget to chat up the super-friendly staff. One last thing: in a city known for its espresso, this is one place you've got to try the chai tea.
Real Parisians go to the Canal Saint-Martin. When you do, pop into the constantly-packed and popular, Ten Belles. Sit on the pavement or grab a chair inside, where you'll be sure to tap your foot to whatever's coming through the speakers. The perfect spot for a light lunch or snack- you can't leave without trying a cookie, cupcake, sandwich, or soup. The menu changes every day, so be sure to grab your favorites while you can. Add perfect coffee to the equation, and it's no wonder 10 Belles is a favorite. One sip in, and you'll know why their sign reads, "drinking good coffee is sexy."
Last but not least is Paris's first outdoor coffee shop, Honor Café. A small wood and glass cube nestled in the Comme des Garcons courtyard- you might miss it if you aren't looking hard enough. Their coffee and fresh juices will knock your socks off. Regulars are always stopping by to chat up the Brit-Aussie barista team and to get their daily fix. We give two thumbs up to their daily sandwiches and quinoa salads... and so must everyone else because they disappear quickly!