The French have long stayed faithful to their darkly roasted, robusta-bean espressos, but the past few years have seen unprecedented ripples of change in Parisian café culture. A number of independent coffee houses have sprung up throughout the city, catering to those who favour a subtler aroma. Their menus present an exciting variety of coffees and filtering methods, using beans carefully sourced from the world’s best coffee regions and roasted locally or on-site, with baristas meticulously trained to ensure a perfect extraction every time. Join the coffee revolution at one of our five favourite cafés the next time you visit Paris.
One of the earliest new-wave coffee houses to open in Paris, Coutume certainly succeeded in its mission to ‘ignite a new coffee culture within Paris’, and introduce Parisians to freshly roasted, speciality coffees. Coffee creation is a technical affair here, and the café’s interior proudly displays an array of apparatus and paraphernalia. A firm favourite with aficionados, Coutume has become the benchmark against which all new independent coffee shops are compared.
Coutume Café, 47 rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris, +33 (0)1 4551 5047
Holybelly burst onto the scene in October 2013, injecting Paris’s seventh arrondissement with some caffeine-infused attitude, and quickly claiming its place in the new-wave café movement. Using beans from local coffee roaster Belleville Brûlerie, which adapts its roasting methods to bring out the unique flavour of each bean, it goes without saying that Holybelly’s coffee is top-notch. What’s especially appealing about Holybelly, however, is its equally great food menu. Simple dishes made from seasonal ingredients are freshly prepared on-site every day. We recommend the eggs and sides as the perfect accompaniment to your Belleville brew.
Holybelly, 19 rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris, +33 (0)97360 136410
This charming little café in Canal Saint-Martin is owned by Thomas Lehoux, one of the founders of Bellevue Brûlerie. Frequented by off-duty baristas, Ten Belles offers some of the smoothest and most delicious filter coffee in the city. If you usually order a café au lait, this is the perfect place to try your first café noir.
Ten Belles, 10 rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 Paris, +33 (0)1 4240 9078
Perfectly positioned to perk you up on arrival in Paris, Café Lomi is situated just a couple of minutes from the Gare du Nord. Originating as a roasting house, it sells and serves a variety of single-origin beans from Central America and Africa, in addition to a small selection of house blends and micro-lots. Café Lomi is one of the few places in Paris offering the Chemex brewing method which produces a rich, sediment-free coffee.
Café Lomi, 3 ter rue Marcadet, 75018 Paris, +33 (0)9803 95624
KB Caféshop hosts a rotating selection of coffees from Europe’s top roasters; including London’s Square Mile, Berlin’s Five Elephant and Paris’s Belleville. Along with Coutume, it was one of the earliest cafés to offer speciality coffees in the city from its ideal spot on the corner of rue des Martyrs and avenue Trudaine in Pigalle. This café ticks all our boxes as, while the choice of beans and brewing methods may be evolving, it honours the traditions at the heart of Paris café culture: to sit, sip and people watch.
KB Caféshop, 62 rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris, +33 (0)1 5692 1241