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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!

The Broken Arm Coffee Shop in Le Marais, Paris, France

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!

Cute Cafés and coffee shops in Paris, France. Here's your complete guide to the best of French cafes in the City of Light, France

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.

A Visit to Shakespeare & Company Cafe on the Left Bank in the Latin Quarter, Paris, France

Le Tambour

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 Tambour Cafe in Paris, France

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 Consulat Café, Paris, France: your ultimate guide to the best of cute Parisian cafés in the French capital city

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

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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.

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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.

Maison Kayser, Paris, France

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.

The Broken Arm Coffee Shop in Le Marais, Paris, France

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.

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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.

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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.

Jozi Café, Latin Quarter, Paris, France

KB CaféShop

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.

KB CaféShop South Pigalle, Paris, France

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.

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Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!


  • Wandering Jones
    16th October 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Such great memories. Paris cafe culture is like no other place in the world! Excellent suggestions by the way.

  • Wandering Jones
    13th September 2018 at 6:39 am

    There’s nothing better than enjoying an afternoon in a Parisian cafe. I keep hearing about Odette, but have never been. I’ll put that on my list for next time!

    • Sophie Nadeau
      17th September 2018 at 8:05 pm

      Totally true 🙂 I definitely recommend going to Odette as it’s adorable!

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  • Sunil Chawla
    9th April 2018 at 8:39 am

    Lovely Blog

  • Maryam Lola
    22nd February 2018 at 6:55 am

    Very informative and helpful.

  • Gearoid McSweeney
    21st October 2017 at 2:35 pm

    The problem with Paris is that there is just so much to see and do. If I got started on the cafés, I wouldn’t visit anything else. Last time, I checked out the Third Wave café scene, so I might well go back and check out the cute cafés sometime soon.

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  • veronica white
    8th May 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I too love Paris. The quaint cafes and almost everything about the city. Please visit my blog. I just current blogged about Paris and London. The most recent posts are “I wish I were spending April In Paris” and “How Can I Soar, If I’m Afraid of Heights?”

  • Cheryl;
    10th April 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Sophie,
    Your photos are incredible and really make me wish I was sitting at one of the charming cafes on this Monday morning! I pinning it right not to add to our travel bucket list. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.


  • Brooke
    13th September 2016 at 8:27 pm

    absolutely lovely charming photos- there are just TOO many cute cafes all over France one cannot begin to capture them all! ahahah, I’m waiting for the day they don’t make me say ‘awwww!!!’ in my head anymore but that day hasn’t come. Though I have had my fill of churches and most museums after over-touring Europe I just cannot lose my love for the adorable French cafe. You got these photos in the perfect lighting too 🙂

  • Shane
    13th September 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Paris has the cutest cafes and best coffee in Europe in my opinion. Wish I would’ve had more than 4 8 hours to try them all!

  • Tamshuk
    13th September 2016 at 10:15 am

    Oh these cafes are lovely. Actually these are perfect spots for me to spend the whole day. You are right, we could just sit there sipping coffee and just do nothing!! I am in awe of Le Petit Moulin. It looks the best of the lot.

  • Janine
    13th September 2016 at 4:27 am

    Paris is awesome and you have captured some truly incredible eateries in your piece! I met my hubby in Paris and hope to head back for a future anniversary! Thanks for the great suggestions!

  • Alina Popescu
    12th September 2016 at 3:17 pm

    The cafes look amazing! My dream for when I get to visit Paris is to take my laptop with me and try writing from a few cafes. Now I just want that even more 😀

  • Suanlee
    12th September 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous and stunning photography that brilliantly shows off how vibrant Paris is. These places are gold, I loved walking through Le Marais and stumbling across cute little cafes and holes in the wall on every corner. What a way to spend your days in the sunshine!

  • Indrani
    12th September 2016 at 7:32 am

    Paris for me meant only Eiffel Tower and Disneyland… 😛 🙂
    Seeing now how much I missed. Hope to get an opportunity again to experience these different stuffs too.

  • Stella the Travelerette
    12th September 2016 at 2:51 am

    Your photos are adorable! I agree that you can’t go to Paris without visiting a cafe. The only one of these I’ve been to is Maison Kayser. I love their croissants!

  • Rashmi and Chalukya
    11th September 2016 at 8:15 pm

    We have been to Paris several times and have unfortunately missed these. Wish we would have stumbled upon your post earlier. We have tried on the expresso and the croissants, they are delicious. Le Consulat definitely looks like a cute little place for spending some quality time with a cup of coffee.

  • Ana
    11th September 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for the great list! Every cafe has something unique to explore!

  • verushka
    11th September 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Not hard to fall in love with Paris.These cafes sound amazing each so unique in character.Saving this list for when I visit maybe we can visit a cafe together 🙂

  • Veronica
    11th September 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Saved this post!
    Each of these cafes are so photographic and they look very romantic. When I look at your photos, there is a story in each one of them!

  • Jenn
    11th September 2016 at 12:26 pm

    These little places are beautiful! I usually have a list of nice coffes or restaurants I want to visit in each new destination. I will save yours for the next time I go visiting Paris.

  • Tom
    10th September 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I ran across La Petit Moulin on my own a few weeks ago, and it’s simply brilliant. The exterior alone will pull someone in. Great photos on this post, and a great post subject.

  • Subhadrika
    10th September 2016 at 11:47 am

    I have never been to Paris , but I love taking photographs of cute cafes here and there. they have so much to tell about the people and i love to observe.

  • Ami
    10th September 2016 at 10:01 am

    Sadly time was just not enough for me to enjoy these cafes. I loved them for their open air seating. Also, the few I saw, gave me the sense that you can just relax and see the world go by while sipping on that one coffee. Sigh! Sometime!

  • Ellen
    10th September 2016 at 1:21 am

    I tried a couple of these back in June. Paris is such a daydream!

  • Christina
    9th September 2016 at 6:13 pm

    One of my favorite activities when in Paris is just sitting at a cute cafe watching the world go by with some pastries of course. I will need to keep these places in mind for when I visit this lovely city again.

  • Angelina
    9th September 2016 at 3:12 pm

    loveeeee! They are so cute, I have such a sweet spot for Paris

  • Blair Villanueva
    9th September 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Hello Sophie,

    Thanks for sharing these awesomely cute cafes! I find your selections interesting and each cafes have its own personality. Lovely!

  • Punita
    9th September 2016 at 11:20 am

    Wow, you seem to have been to a lot of cafes in Paris! Which was your favorite? Also curious to know…do you just discover them or do you follow recommendations?

  • Miriam
    8th September 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I absolutely ADORE Paris and its flare and of course one of my favorite things to do is to visit Parisian cafes. Incredible how different the personalities of each place you mentioned are, but all always looking great, can’t wait to go there again and start trying these out!

  • Thuymi
    8th September 2016 at 3:57 am

    Yes!!! Love these coffee guides. Next time you need to make one for the Hipster coffee shops of Paris. Love that type of design inside 🙂

  • Yasmin
    26th August 2016 at 11:56 pm

    I want to visit Paris just to be a cafe connoisseur!

    xx Yasmin


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