Where to Get Coffee à Paris

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.

 

Boot Café

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."

Boot Cafe, Paris, France

Pavilion des Canaux

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.

Pavilion des Canaux

Ten Belles

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."

 

Honor Café

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!