Coffee in Paris sucks! Where to find good coffee in Paris

Coffee in Paris sucks! Where to find good coffee in Paris

This is the contradiction, I live in Paris the city of cafe society, but the coffee well and truly sucks.  For this caffeine addict this is a huge disappointment. Paris does bad coffee. But things are starting to change, and you can now find good coffee in Paris.

In most cafes in Paris you will see people nursing a shot of espresso, I prefer to have this with a shot of hot milk, cafe noisette. If you after something more milky, ask for a cafe creme or a petit creme, but you will get a weak, milky, wholly unsatisfying cup of coffee. If you love americanos, then ask for a cafe allonge.

But this caffeine addict, has done her homework has selected a few choice places where you can enjoy good coffee in Paris:

Where can you find good coffee in Paris?

Le Poutch

Le Poutch can be found in the trendy Canal St Martin area of Paris. You can come here and enjoy a good cup of coffee, along with homemade pastries and cakes and fresh juices. They also serve brunches and lunches.
13 rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris


Just down the road from Le Poutch is Holybelly, it’s bit of a legend in Paris. Holybelly brings Australian cafe culture, more specifically, a Melbourne style cafe to Paris. It’s menu changes monthly, it’s worth checking out what’s on offer. All the staff at Holybelly speak English.
19 Rue Lucien Sampaix 75010 Paris


Matamata is owned by the French /New Zealand couple Gaël and Leigh Soucasse and together they have created a chilled vibe. I recently had a lovely lunch sitting sipping my coffee watching the world go by. What’s great about this place, it’s central, right in the heart of the tourist district.  A great stopping off point after a hard day’s shopping at Forum des Halles.
58 Rue d’Argout, 75002 Paris

Poppy’s Cafe

Poppy’s is a real find.  A great place if you want a hearty Sunday brunch. As well as great coffee, you get fresh juices, a selection of breads and brioches, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and granola with fruit compote and yoghurt. Delicious.
23 rue de Montreuil,  75011 Paris

Cafe Loustic

Cafe Loustic is a lovely little place in the centre of Paris, serving up fantastic coffee. The owner is a serious coffee aficionado (just don’t mention flat white), with coffee beans roasted by Caffeination, in Antwerp Belgium. The people at Cafe Loustic take their coffee very seriously.
40 Rue Chapon, 75003 Paris


Honor is a seriously cute place. It’s a tiny, outdoor cafe (the only one in Paris), and if it’s a little chilly, you can grab a seat inside the glass framed structured. Honor was opened by its English and Australian owners Daniel Warburton and Angelle Boucher who serve dreamy,  rich and creamy flat whites and espressos. Sit amongst Paris’ beautiful people before hitting the designers stores on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
54 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris

Coutume Instituutti, Insitut Finlandias

If you’re looking for Nordic cool then head to Coutume Instituuti, which is in the Institut Finlandias. This cafe serves a great cup of coffee, and delicious Finnish pastries, such as cinnamon buns, prepared by Finnish caterers, Leivonen.
60 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris

And not far from the Eiffel Tower is Cafe Coutume. If you’re hankering after a great cup of coffee after sight seeing at the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides and or the Rodin Museum, head here to rest and recuperate with a superb cappuccino.
47 rue de Babylone 75007

Frenchie To Go

As well as great coffee, Frenchie To Go is a brilliant place for breakfast and lunch. The pulled pork bun is sublime and breakfast is served all day. Be prepared to queue, this place is very popular! And if you love it, come back in the evening and try the Frenchie Wine Bar and Restaurant, just down the road.
9 rue de Nil, 75002 Paris




    • Tooting Mama
      March 30, 2018 / 7:41 am

      Thanks! You really do need to know where to get coffee in Paris!

    • Tooting Mama
      December 20, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      Thank you!

  1. October 30, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    irrespective of the place… my general rule for good coffee is the one with its grounds not older than two weeks.

    • Tooting Mama
      October 30, 2017 / 7:04 pm

      I love that rule! Thank you!

  2. October 17, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    This is a very helpful post. I love coffee but I am not a I’m not a huge fan of the strong French expresso with no room for milk (and the strange looks I get when I ask for it) so these places that do good flat whites would definitely get my custom! #citytripping
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    • Tooting Mama
      October 17, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      Oh the French do love their espressos. It’s been great to find places where you can get a good flat white or a decent cappuccino in the morning.

  3. October 13, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Now this is the kind of post I need in my life – I love good coffee (and get a bit tetchy without even bad coffee) but I agree that Paris does cafes much better than it does the coffee. Next time, I am planning my trip around these! Thanks for linking up with #citytripping
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    • Tooting Mama
      October 14, 2016 / 8:43 am

      So glad I can be of help! Thankfully Paris is getting into good coffee culture, but sometimes it’s great to sit in belle époque cafe and just watch the world go by (regardless of the coffee!).

  4. October 12, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    Great post! I am planning a trip to Paris soon so I will definitely be checking out these places.
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    • Tooting Mama
      October 17, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      Great, and I can’t wait to read your posts, have a great time when you get here!

    • Tooting Mama
      October 17, 2016 / 7:47 pm

      I completely agree with you about the coffee. I hope you have a great time in Paris when you get here.

  5. October 11, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Gosh, I wouldn’t have thought of Paris as being a place where it is difficult to find good coffee, but I am certainly paying close attention to this! Highly useful! Wonder why they don’t. Is bad coffee usual in other parts of France?

    • Tooting Mama
      October 11, 2016 / 8:19 pm

      I know, gourmet cafe culture is only just starting to hit Paris. Paris is a city that doesn’t like change!

    • Tooting Mama
      October 11, 2016 / 6:18 pm

      Brilliant, thank you!

    • Tooting Mama
      October 11, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      I hope she enjoys her trip to Paris.

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