France is no stranger to great coffee, and the trendy Southern French city of Montpellier has not been exempt from the world’s sudden love affair with all things coffee. Within the narrow, winding streets of the city’s Old Town you’ll find an abundance of wonderful cafés, and there’s more great coffee shops if you venture a little further out. Here we show you the 10 best places for the perfect cup of coffee in the city.
This coffee shop à l’américaine is a French take on the classic American coffee house chains. Here, you’ll find freshly ground coffee, lattes and cappuccinos inspired by the seasons and a wide variety of teas to enjoy while munching on one of the homemade house pastries (we did say it was a French take), sweet or savory pancakes, or the special Brunch option if you’re there on a Sunday. The location is great too, Fairview Coffee is just a couple of streets away from the beautiful Place de la Comédie.
Address & telephone number: 6, rue Loys, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 9 80 56 39 39
Just in front of the spectacular Town Hall and near to the River Lez running through the center of the city, Spicy Coffee is situated in the most newly developed part of Montpellier. Its simple exterior and modern interior reflect the minimalist style of the area. The ever-changing menu has three main meals and three desserts, all home-made with fresh local ingredients, and there’s a wide selection of coffees and other drinks to go along with your meal. The ample seating, both indoors and out, mean that you can relax and enjoy your coffee in style in this trendy location.
Address and telephone number: 80, place Georges Frêche, 34070 Montpellier, France, +33 4 67 22 24 26
Although this Montpellier café chain specializes in bagels (as the name might suggest), Bagel’Store Fac is also a great place to sit down with a tasty cup of coffee. Situated just a few minutes away from one of Montpellier’s biggest university campuses, this coffee house is frequented by a young, laid-back crowd, giving it a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. They serve all the classic coffee house drinks and a selection of delicious, homemade desserts.
Address and telephone number: 26, avenue du Docteur Pezet, 34090 Montpellier, France, +33 4 67 67 08 23
Nook Café brings the best of tea and coffee to the people of Montpellier. With its simple but comfy decor, plentiful indoor and outdoor seating and free Wi-Fi, this is a great place to set up for a relaxing but productive afternoon. The large selection of cakes and other desserts (some gluten free, all of them delicious) are an added bonus, and a great accompaniment to your iced latte, mocha, filter coffee or fruit tea. The first-class service from the attentive owners is the icing on the cake.
Address & telephone number: 2, rue de l’Ancien Courrier, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 4 99 65 61 94
Café Solo is one of the oldest and most well-loved coffee shops in Montpellier. Buried deep within the labyrinth that is Montpellier’s old town, this isn’t the easiest café to find, but it’s definitely worth the effort. Here, you will be warmly welcomed by the knowledgeable and passionate staff and, immediately on entering, be greeted by that full, aromatic coffee smell, thanks to Café Solo’s home-roasted coffee beans. This quaint little café with a wide selection of coffees, teas, juices and smoothies, plus the all-important sweet treats, is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Address & telephone number: 30, rue Saint-Guilhem, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 4 67 60 36 48