The coffee scene in Paris is changing. Coffee experts (expat or otherwise) have entered the market steadily over the past two years, and through training and exposure, some French baristas are being recognised as some of the best in the world. If you’re in a brasserie or similar, stick to the espresso. But if you’re hankering for an Australian/New Zealand latte or flat white that we all covet, love and miss when we’re abroad, we’ve uncovered some excellent places. Some we didn’t make it to, but trust us when we say this list is solid.
The Hardware Société Paris
The Hardware Société Paris
The Australian-owned Hardware Societe is the second iteration of the popular cafe established on Hardware Street, Melbourne. They specialise in the best kind of brunch including bircher, soft boiled eggs, pork belly and the mind-blowing mushroom ragu. Creating quite the Instagram buzz when they first hit the scene in 2016, the Montmartre location is a stone’s throw away from Sacré-Cœur, so if you’re on a sightseeing mission, make sure you at least drop in for a coffee. You will hear Australian, British and American accents here, guaranteed.
The Hardware Société Paris | 10 Rue Lamarck, 75018
Settled in the 18th, this little gem may seem like a hike to get to, but the pilgrimage for good coffee is worth it, particularly as they roast their own beans on site. The decor is industrial chic and is a great spot for friends to chill or freelancers to pull out their laptops.
Cafe Lomi | 3 ter Rue Marcadet, 75018
Painfully hip, this minimalist-style cafe serves a smooth espresso and has a delicious-looking brunch menu. We ducked in for the wifi and a French homework session, and the friendly waiters didn’t mind us taking over a few tables in the summer quiet.
Café Coutume | 47 Rue de Babylone, 75007
7th arrondissement, Metro: Saint-francais Xavier
The minimalist Fondation is a boutique caffeine haven and coffee-connoisseur’s delight. Possibly the best lattes we have had in Paris. Maybe we caught the barista on a bad day, but customer service wasn’t exactly up to scratch.
Fondation Cafe | 16 rue Dupetit Thouars, 75003
We spent 6 hours here munching on everything delicious, making new friends and wasting time watching passers by. They serve great lunches, to-die-for desserts (the brownie, agh, amazing) and the coffee is smooth. An Aussie barista works there, but don’t think he’ll throw you a bone when it comes to Aussie chit-chat.
kB Cafeshop | 53 Avenue Trudaine, 75009
9th arrondissement, Metro: Pigalle
Organic, vegan, Marais is all you need to know. Café Pinson knows what’s what when it comes to a decent caffeinated beverage – and those salads are fresh yo! The trendy décor of exposed brick and fluorescent lighting has won our hearts and our bellies.
Cafe Pinson | 6 Rue du Forez, 75003
3rd arrondisement, Metro: Filles de calvaire
A fine dining experience without the stuffy waiters and scary wine list. Instead, you’ll find cool tunes set amidst an intimate setting with staff who are casually knowledgable, explaining each dish and paired wine. There is no a la carte, but instead a delicious seasonal set menu. We devoured potato and cherry tomato tarts, heirloom carrots with coriander flowers and squab with beetroot, cherry and wild greens. Perfect for those looking for a treat night.
Verjus | 2 Rue de Richelieu, 75001
Restaurant Kosher Pitzman
An abundance of falafel restaurants are scattered throughout the vibrant Jewish quarter and highly gentrified area of Le Marais. Tourists and locals alike dine in or takeaway on a messy pita with crispy chickpea falafels, pickled cabbage, hummus, eggplant and cucumber. L’as du Fallafel is the most famous and highly sought after (The New York Times sings its praises), and the queue is usually halfway down the street. But there’s something to be said for being equally parts lazy and interested in avoiding tourists. If so, Restaurant Kosher Pitzman is around the corner, cheaper and just as tasty.
Restaurant Kosher Pitzman | 8 Rue Pavée, 75004
Trend-setters be warned – you will spend hours in Merci eating, browsing and buying beautifully designed items and munching on brunch. A mecca for interior stylists and lovers of finer things, this bookshop/cafe/homewares store will no doubt tickle one of your fancy’s. Try the runny eggs and soldiers, or for brunch a salad plate on the ground floor.
Merci | 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
4th Arrondissment: Le Marais, Metro: Chemin Vert
L’Éclair de Génie
If éclairs were cars, L’Éclair de Génie would be considered the Alpha Romeo of the éclair world. A sweet assault on the senses, this boutique patisserie is worth every expensive euro and twenty minute queue (because you’re worth it). The artistry is second to none, as each perfect puff boasts lightness, flavour and decadence. There’s also a great park nearby that has free wifi, Place de Vosges, where you can sit with your parcel of sweets or indulge in some cheese and wine.
L’Éclair de génie | 32 Rue Notre-Dame des Victoires
4th Arrondissment, Le Marais, Metro: Saint Paul, Pont Marie or Chemin Vert
When in France, you must visit a boulangerie, which are conveniently placed on every corner. You should probably make it your mission to try all of them. They boast a variety of lunch options for the budget traveler (or anyone with taste buds). Indulge in a sandwich, baguette, quiche, pastry or tart, or maybe a salad if you’re partial (but why would you?).
Grande Mosquée de Paris
The tearoom attached to the side of the mosque was recommended to us by our good friend and fellow wanderer Emma Kate. After you breathe in the incredible architecture in the mosque courtyard, take a stroll around the corner for traditional Moroccan cuisine. We sipped on sweet mint tea and baklava.
Grande Mosquée de Paris | 2bis Place du Puits de l’Ermite
5th Arrondissment, Metro: Place Monge