When I first returned to Paris after an absence of more than 10 years, I had a wonderful time amid the excitement of revisiting the city; exploring it with my young family and through my children's eyes.
However, with everything to love about sitting and eating in a cafe in Paris, the coffee being served was not, and became my one great disappointment on that trip. It seemed that 'good coffee' and 'Paris' did not want to be in the same sentence.
|'Flat white' at Kooka Boora|
On starting my little business, and therefore making more regular trips, I decided to be a lot more prepared and did some online research before I headed off again.
Well, I am certainly not the only one in the blogosphere to have been politely trying all sorts of combinations of un café, un café crème, un crème or un express to find out what seems most like the Australian 'flat white' or 'latte' (for an technical explanation see here). As it turned out there were many like-minded individuals saying: the French are great at so many things but 'what the ...?' when it came to Parisian coffee!
|Kooka Boora Café|
Here are my absolute and favourite top two that are definitely worth going out of your way to find:
|KB Café Shop|
(aka Kooka Boora Café, KB Café)
When travelling I love to live like a local, and rarely visit 'expat enclaves'. Here I make a major exception. Excellent coffee, excellent choice of coffee, fast friendly service. Ceiling high windows, loads of lovely light. And an atmosphere that is a hybrid of Australian-relaxed and Paris-hip, rolled into one. Good speed on the free wifi too, if you are in need of some of that also.
|Coutume Café image via riccolo|
2. Coutume Café, 47 rue de Babylone, 7th
A little out of the way unless you are staying in the 7th, and coincidentally also Australian part-owned, Coutume Cafe has been winning awards for its coffee since it opened in 2011. It roasts it's own great blend, which is bought and served by other cafes! To get your bearings: it's around the corner from arguably the best department store in Paris, Le Bon Marché, and 20 minutes walk in one direction is Musée d'Orsay, and about 20 minutes walk in another is the Champ de Mars and La Tour Eiffel. In a quiet streeet, but the cafe has it's own vibey atmosphere. A great pit stop if you are planning one of those lovely walks in Paris! Excellent food and free wifi also.
(I love working my way through David Lebowitz's recommendations on anything food related!)
** my starting point and have worked my way through most of this list
Good Coffee in Paris
*latest ones to check out while you're there
Hope you have as much fun exploring these as I did!