Cardinal Saint-Germain Café
Le Bistrot du Chai 33
With petits-déjeuners from €2.50 ($3.01) and meals from €10.20 ($12.28), the prices of this place are cheap all round—coffee, of course, is no exception. The menu offers plates of charcuterie, fromages, and conserves de poisson to share, in addition to the usual option of delicious burgers. Little perks include free use of a charger that works on any type of mobile, a TV to watch, lengthy opening hours including weekends, a loyalty card with advantages, and decent free Wi-Fi.
Le Bistrot du Chai 33, 33 Cour Saint-Emilion, Paris, France, +33 01 53 44 01 01
Couleurs Café—le Café Nomade
Serving the streets with perfectly roasted caffeine as they dash to their destinations, the first roaming coffee bike to hit Paris has been on the go since 2011. The least expensive coffee (espresso) starts at €1 for what the owner stresses is ‘premium’ quality coffee from Brazil. ‘All my principal coffees are roasted on Parisian or French soil. The price is important but quality is essential’, Arnaud, the owner, says, ‘I want to sell good coffee at a good price’.
Somewhat off the beaten path in a northern corner of the 18th Arrondissement is a super cool, pop-rock garage bistrot that sells coffee for €1. Not only do they offer cheap coffee, but they’re also one of Paris’ top places for craft beer. There are three rotating taps including two French craft beers and one “bière ordinaire” (Stella Artois or the like), all brewed in France by small producers including Mont Salève, Fleurac, and La Franche. It’s a spot geared towards night owls, as they open at 5 pm.
Le Supercoin, 3 Rue Baudelique, Paris, France, +33 09 50 07 04 90
Le Piston Pelican
Recently opened, this café has been welcoming eager coffee-lovers for the last three months and enticing customers with their €1 coffee offer at the counter. This offer is geared towards the early birds and runs from early dawn until 10 am. It’s particularly for those on their way to the famous Père Lachaise cemetery because once inside the huge cemetery, unsurprisingly, there’s not really anywhere to buy a drink. Stopping by this place before hitting the tombs isn’t a bad call.
Le Piston Pélican, 15 Rue de Bagnolet, Paris, France, +33 01 43 71 15 76