The image of Paris remains inseparable from the quaint cafés along cobbled streets, coffee shop music playing softly in the background… it’s not just a cliché! From the most trendy to the most stereotypical, here are the 10 most beautiful cafés in Paris to enjoy typical Parisian charm.
Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole
With vines winding up the building front and bright purple chairs sat outside, this charming café is the perfect place to have a glass of rosé on a hot summer’s day, or a comforting café latte during the winter. Favourite amongst tourists and locals alike, don’t miss this one out!
Address: 25 rue Chanoinesse, Paris 75004
Merci Used Book Café
In the trendy district of the Marais, discover this cosy little corner. Relax in its comfort, choose one of the 10 000 books available in its library and enjoy a boiled egg or luxurious scones, their most popular dishes.
Address: 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris 75003
Amongst boutiques and quirky restaurants, this café might seem a bit out of place. Le Tambour stands proudly in the middle of the typical Parisian Haussmannien buildings, its chairs along the pavement so as to make the most out of the enchantment of central Paris.
Address: 41 rue Montmartre, Paris 75002
One of Paris’ smallest cafés is housed in an old shoe repair shop which kept the façade, just renovating the interior. Today it is the perfect spot to pick up a pastry and coffee to go. A second café is now open but the original is still the most quirky!
Address: 19 rue du Pont aux Choux, Paris 75003
La Maison Rose
After having overcome the millions of steps and hills in Montmartre you will, without a doubt, be in need of a coffee while you catch your breath. Why not do this in a café that found its success thanks to the painter Maurice Utrillo, and his painting called “La Petite Maison Rose.” The vibrant colour of this house and the undeniable charm of Montmartre will remain in your heart forever.
Address: 2 rue de l’Abreuvoir, Paris 75018
Shakespeare and Company Café
Partner to the famous anglo-saxone bookshop, at Shakespeare and Company Café you will find everything 100% organic. You can pick up a salad, bagels, crumpets and of course- English Breakfast Tea. Head on in with your new Shakespeare and Company purchase and enjoy English literature along with a chai latte.
Address: 37 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 75005
Like everywhere in Montmartre, Le Consulat was frequented by famous artists. It’s even on rue Norvins, which is associated with Vincent Van Gogh. Very famous, it’s best to go early in the morning, or better yet, during the week. This café, which is just next to the Sacré-Cœur, has maintained its vintage charm and is a great out of the ordinary spot.
Address: 18 rue Norvins, Paris 75018
One word to describe this café, one of the first tea rooms in the capital, found in the 8th arrondissement: breathtaking. Their speciality is pastries, and more specifically macarons. Ladurée macaron boxes are well known for their aesthetic appeal and emblematic colour. The macarons have a glossy finish, the boxes a chic and minimalist design. Everything in this café will have you rushing home to redecorate in its image.
Address: 16-18 rue Royale, Paris 75008
Les Deux Magots
Don’t be shocked if you head into this café and find yourself face to face with a famous politician, artist, or writer sat out on the terrace or in the great hall. The waiters are dressed in black tie, the “deux magots,” which is to say the two Chinese figurines, adorn the hall; this café is reminiscent of a bygone era. Don’t miss out on the beauty of this café!
Address: 6 Place Saint-Germain des Près, Paris 75006
Le Petit Moulin
A small bistrot which aims to preserve the heart and soul of the “village” feel, which is the key to Montrmarte. By purchasing from the local marketplace and serving dishes created with French produce this café is nostalgic of family dinner. Sat on the corner of two streets, this café is a charming spot not to miss.
Address: 17 rue Tholozé, Paris 75018