The Best Coffee Shops in Paris

More than a decade in the making, the Paris specialty coffee scene is percolating at full blast.

Discover more than a dozen Paris coffee shops where you can drink seriously good flat whites instead of overpriced muddy water.

We include a bonus pick if you like to pair specialty coffee with pancakes.

Substance Café


Though only open since the previous Bastille Day, this cafe earned an enviable reputation in a relatively short time due to owner Joachim Morceau’s intense coffee obsession.

La Caféothèque

La Caféothèque gets credit for being the very first specialty coffee shop not just in Paris but in all of France.



Not only is owner Jeff Hargrove a professional photographer and third-wave coffee Aficionado, but he also bakes delightfully addictive cookies – thick, earthy, chocolatey cylinders of yum.


Café Loustic

A specialty coffee shop that doesn’t have flat whites on its menu. Instead, the cafe crafts ‘café crèmes’ for those who want two shots in their milky espresso drinks.


Hexagone Café

Hexagon-shaped mirrors decorate the walls of Hexagone Café. Though this decoration is fun, you’ll want to head to this left bank cafe foremost for the cafe’s excellent coffee.