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The 10 Best Places For Coffee In Montpellier, France
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The 10 Best Places For Coffee In Montpellier, France

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Updated: 9 February 2017
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.
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Home Coffee

Home Coffee aims to be a coffee shop à la maison, and you will definitely feel at home in this cozy café situated in the heart of Écusson. There’s outdoor seating if you want to catch some of Montpellier’s seemingly year-round sunshine, or settle down in one of the comfy armchairs flanked by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. There’s a wide range of drinks to choose from; from cappuccinos, mochas and iced-lattes to delicious fruit smoothies, and everything in between; as well as a selection of salads, sandwiches, wraps and sweet treats.

Address & telephone number: 58, Grand rue Jean Moulin, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 4 67 63 97 81

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Fairview Coffee

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

Fairview Coffee’s Apple Pie | Courtesy of Fairview Coffee
Fairview Coffee’s Apple Pie | Courtesy of Fairview Coffee
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Coffee Club

Great coffee is high on the agenda at this independent coffee shop in the historic center of Montpellier. Coffee Club sources its coffee beans from all over the world (only the finest make the cut) and many are ground locally in the Languedoc Roussillon region. The friendly owners’ passion for freshly ground, full-flavored, great quality coffee is tangible and they are constantly trying to improve their already delicious brews. Coffee Club may be small but it is perfectly formed and the relaxed and enjoyable ambiance definitely packs a punch.

Address & telephone number: 12, rue Saint-Guilhem, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 7 86 17 81 56

Coffee Beans | © NicTaylor/Flickr
Coffee Beans | © NicTaylor/Flickr
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Spicy Coffee

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

Montpellier town hall | © WolfgangStaudt/Flickr
Montpellier town hall | © WolfgangStaudt/Flickr
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Bagel’Store Fac

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

Coffee And A Bagel | © Boemski/Flickr
Coffee And A Bagel | © Boemski/Flickr
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Nook Café

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

Iced Coffees | Courtesy of Nook Café
Iced Coffees | Courtesy of Nook Café
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Kafelin

This coffee shop is like no other in Montpellier; here, the main selling point is not freshly ground coffee or delicious desserts, but rather the chance to meet the café’s cats. A concept which originated in Asia, ‘cat cafés’ are now doing the rounds in many European cities, and Montpellier (a city that is always up to date on all things trendy) has followed suit. As the only one of its kind in the city, animal lovers flock to Kafelin, not only for the novelty of dining among cats (though the feline residents definitely take center stage) but also for their great food and drinks, friendly owners and relaxed atmosphere.

Address & telephone number: 14, rue Durand, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 7 82 31 23 99

Kafelin Exterior | Courtesy of Kafelin Café
Kafelin Exterior | Courtesy of Kafelin Café
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La Coutinelle

This 100% gluten-free café-restaurant, which uses only fresh and locally sourced ingredients, is unique. Everything on La Coutinelle’s menu is homemade, and everything is gluten-free, vegetarian and a lot of it made without milk products, as the owner’s believe everybody should be able to enjoy fresh, tasty, wholesome food. If you follow a gluten-free diet, or even if you just enjoy great homemade food in a calm, relaxed atmosphere, this is the place for you. La Coutinelle also sells many of its products, so you can take a little taste of the café home with you.

Address & telephone number: 25, rue de l’Université, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 4 67 60 95 41

Gluten-free Muffins | © SarahR/Flickr
Gluten-free Muffins | © SarahR/Flickr
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Atys Café

You’ll find this café-restaurant close to the young and hip Port Marianne area of Montpellier, where the stylish young professionals of the city live and work. You can expect service with a smile from the knowledgeable staff, a vast and varied menu with great quality dishes and (most importantly) a great cup of coffee. There’s ample seating indoors but the tables set up just outside are the perfect spot to enjoy your brew with great views of the River Lez and the Old Town of Montpellier in the distance.

Address and telephone number: 5, place de la Révolution Française, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 4 67 85 01 98

River Lez, Port Marianne | © SabinPaulCroce/Flickr
River Lez, Port Marianne | © SabinPaulCroce/Flickr
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Café Solo

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

Home Roasted Coffee Beans | © LexnGer/Flickr
Home Roasted Coffee Beans | © LexnGer/Flickr