Last Updated on 11th January 2020 by Sophie Nadeau
Live in Paris? Looking to visit Paris? Or maybe you’re just sat with a cup of coffee, daydreaming about the city of love (something that happened to me on numerous occasions before I moved to Paris!)… And so, if you are thinking about Paris, then here is a guide to some of the most beautiful Parisian cafes! After all, between speciality lattés, vegan treats, and traditional coffee shops, there’s no shortage of cute Parisian cafes in the French capital city!
With wide boulevards encompassing even wider pavements, the streets of Paris provide the perfect backdrop for open-air terraces and golden cups of coffee. Maybe Paris isn’t just the city of lights, but also the city of coffee?
Besides, what could possibly be more Parisian than sitting in a café while sipping on an expresso, munching on a croissant and watching the world go by? Countless writers, painters and screenplay producers have been enchanted by the magic of Paris; many of their magical artworks coming to life on sheaves of paper, inspired by the people they see
When wandering the streets of Paris, you’re likely to spy a quaint café or coffee shop on almost every street corner. After all, from breakfast in Paris, right up until the early hours of the morning, the cafés of Paris never really sleep. So here’s a guide to some of the very best cafés the city has to offer- and you won’t want to visit the city of lights and miss seeing these cute Parisian cafes!
Shakespeare and Company Café
Address | 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
Located on the left bank and ever so prestigious, the Shakespeare and Company bookshop is easily one of the most famous stores in the City of Love. It’s current incarnation is named for a bookstore which all of the acclaimed writers of 1920s Paris hung out in and has been in operation since the 1950s. Since 2015, the bibliophile’s heaven has also hosted a literary café in collaboration with Bob’s Bake Shop. Discover more about how to visit the Shakespeare and Co book café here.
Address | 8 Rue de la Jussienne, 75002 Paris, France
Out of every Paris café, this may well be my favourite! Looking slightly out of place at an intersection between rows of iconic Haussmann buildings, le Tambour café and restaurant has maintained all of its unique Parisian charm throughout the ages.
Situated in the very heart of the 2e arrondissement of the city, the café is surrounded by boutique shops and quirky eateries. Unlike many of the Paris cafés on this list, it’s worth noting that, while not as well-reviewed as some of the other establishments, Le Tambour is open 24 hours a day, meaning that you can get coffee at any time of the day (or night!) You can visit their Facebook site here.
Le Consulat Restaurant, Montmartre
Address | 18 Rue Norvins, 75018 Paris, France
The cute Paris café of Le Consulat is situated close to the Sacré-Coeur in the heart of Montmartre, i.e. the 18th arrondissement of the city. A coffee house, bistro, and restaurant that may well be one of the most photographed in the city, barely a day goes by when I don’t find this iconic café popping up on my Instagram feed!
Though a little more touristic than some of the other coffee shops on this list of the best cute Parisian cafés, head to Le Consulat to sit back, relax, and watch the world go by, all the while sipping on your Parisian espresso. Nearby, the oldest street in Montmartre offers one of the best views of the Sacré-Coeur, while hidden gems of the 18th arrondissement are to be found in abundance, if only you know where to look…
Le Petit Moulin, Montmartre
Address| 17 Rue Tholozé, 75018 Paris
Though this pretty French café is situated in Montmartre, it’s located muchcloser to Pigalle than the Sacré-Coeur. Le Petit Moulin is much like Le Tambour Café in that it seems to be at odds with the surrounding architecture and is reminiscent of Montmartre of old. The quirky interior is matched only by the unique outside decor and if you explore enough nearby, you’ll soon discover the lost windmills of Paris.
Le Petit Moulin itself seats few people indoors and tables scatter out onto the nearby pavement. The atmosphere is friendly and the vibe laid back. Apart from traditional French cuisine and wine, there are also plenty of charcuterie platters and cheese dishes if you’re looking for a lighter snack in between exploring the 18th arrondissement…
Odette, Latin Quarter
Address | 77 Rue Galande, 75005 Paris, France
Sitting in one of the oldest arrondissements of Paris, the Latin Quarter, the Odette tea rooms are cited by many as being their favourite café in Paris. After all, close to quaint bookshops such as the Abbey Bookshop and the ever-s0-famous Shakespeare and Co., this coffee shop and patisserie is easily one of the most instagrammable locations in Paris.
And it’s not hard to see why; the little tea room, although founded much later than many of its other Parisian coffee shop counterparts, is a dream for sweet lovers everywhere. Named after the creator Frederic Berthy’s Grandma, Odette, the café specialises in Choux Pastries. You can visit the official site here.
Maison Kayser, Latin Quarter
Address | 14 rue Monge, 75005 Paris, France
The other day, wandering around the Latin Quarter of the city, I stumbled upon this café. If I’m honest, I can’t believe I’ve never noticed it before. Situated in the very heart of a Haussmann building, this café was too cute not to capture.
This bakery is now a multi-national chain, with multiple stores across countries such as Japan and the U.K. Although the original store stood on Rue Monge, there are boutiques and cafés to be now found all over the French capital city. You can visit their official site here.
The Broken Arm, Le Marais
Address | 12 Rue Perrée, 75003 Paris
Pastries and speciality coffees are to be found in abundance should you opt to visit the Broken Arm café in Le Marais. Steps away from the Mairie of the 3rd arrondissement, this concept store is half café and half shop selling all kinds of clothing and interior essentials. The coffee is particularly good and if you want to know more about this Parisian café, you can read more in my full The Broken Arm review.
Wild & The Moon
Address | 55 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
For those who are in search of vegan sweets and treats in Paris, Wild & The Moon is an absolute must. Serving everything from speciality lattés (rose lattes, bulletproof coffee, charcoal latte, and more flavours than you could even dream of) to goods you can take home and use in the kitchen, there’s no shortage of delicious eats to be found in this coffee shop.
Located across three locations dotted around Le Marais, just know that the place can get pretty busy, especially on weekends when you’ll struggle to find a place to sit and drink coffee with your friends if you arrive later in the day. For more vegan inspiration, check out my vegetarian guide to Paris.
Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole, Île de la Cité
Address | 24 Rue Chanoinesse, 75004 Paris, France
Of all the cute Parisian cafes, I doubt that any manage to top Au Vuex Paris d’Arcole! With its winding wisteria and colourful chair ensemble, it’s not hard to see why the café at 24 Rue Chanoinesse is ever popular with locals and tourists alike. A stone’s throw away from Notre Dame on Île de la Cité, the café is a perfect place to enjoy a glass of rosé on a Summer’s day.
Right next to this café, located behind the maroon door of Number 26, you’ll find the gravestone courtyard. Elsewhere on the Île de la Cité area of Paris, you’ll soon discover plenty of hidden gems, such as Paris Point Zero (i.e. the location from which all places in Paris are measured) and the location where Heloïse and Abelard and alleged to have lived. You can visit their official website here.
Jozi Café, Latin Quarter
Address | 3 Rue Valette, 75005 Paris
If you’re looking for a quaint café that serves speciality coffee just steps away from the Paris Panthéon, then be sure to head to the ever-so-quaint Jozi Café. Serving a selection of light refreshments and more filling meals, there are less than ten tables inside and plenty of plants! Please note that while the WiFi is speedy, a note on each table says that laptops are not allowed to be used during lunchtime.
Address | 53 Avenue Trudaine, 75009 Paris
Situated in SoPi (South Pigalle), KB CaféShop is an über cool venue that’s perfect for both hanging out with friends as well as catching up on a spot of work, or even simply hanging out and watching the world go by. Serving a variety of speciality coffees at reasonable prices, there are also cakes and homemade juices and smoothies on the menu. In the summer months, the Parisian café is particularly pleasant owing to its sprawling outdoor terrace spaces, with plenty of lovely places to sit.
Deli-Cieux, Printemps (CLOSED)
Address | 64 Boulevard Haussmann
When the WiFi isn’t working in my flat, I often find myself heading to the grand department store of Printemps to work. There’s a café on the very top floor of the department store with 360-degree panoramic views over the city- perfect working inspiration.
However, what makes the café at Printemps so special is not its decoration, but its charming view. Pick up an expresso here for as little as €2. You can visit their official website here. Nearby, one of the best free views to be found anywhere in Paris is to be located in the form of the Galeries Lafayette rooftop terrace.