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The Best Cafés in Paris

La Maison Rose is in Montmartre
La Maison Rose is in Montmartre | © Chuck Pefley / Alamy Stock Photo
Paris and cafés go hand in hand, with a wide variety to be found throughout the city. Whether you’re in the mood for a trendy spot, a classic venue or somewhere with a quirky feel, you’ll never be short of options in the French capital.

Café Méricourt

Cafe, French, $$$
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Looking for a café with a minimalist decor? While the bright venue oozes simplicity, its menu is always exciting. Try its shakshuka for a filling meal or go for its avocado on toast if you’re in the mood for something light. Regardless, if you’re visiting for breakfast or its favoured brunch, you’re bound to leave filled up and content.
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Sun:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Loustic

Cafe, French, $$$
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Located between the neighbourhoods of Le Sentier and Le Marais, this tucked-away café can be difficult to spot. From its tiles and decrepit walls to the wicker furniture and vibrant wallpaper, the authenticity found at Loustic creates a special atmosphere. Despite its small size, Loustic’s espresso bar attracts tonnes of coffee lovers!
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Sun:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon:
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Le Pavillon des Canaux

Cafe, French, $$$
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Located in the heart of the Bassin de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement, the Pavillon des Canaux has sparked the interest and curiosity of many Parisians. It may be due to the fact that it resembles a large doll’s house where you can dine in any room, including the colourful bathroom. Order your preferred beverage with a plate of avocado on toast or enjoy a full brunch plate during the weekend at this quirky café located by the river.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Tue:
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Wed:
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Fri:
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun:
10:00 am - 1:00 am

Treize au Jardin

Cafe, French, $$$
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In the 6th arrondissement lies a little corner of the southern part of the United States, nestled in a lovely café. The charming venue, which is conveniently located next to the Jardin du Luxembourg, has an outdoor seating area decorated with flowers complementing its white furniture. It’s difficult to not fall in love with Treize au Jardin – from its all-week lunch and brunch menu to its personalised versions of classic drinks. Try its french toast and chicken served with infused honey or its grilled apple, bacon and cheese salad.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

KB Café Shop

Cafe, French, $$$
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Nestled in the 9th arrondissement, this Australian-run coffee shop offers hot drinks and delicacies for an ideal afternoon break in the heart of Paris. You can spot the venue from afar thanks to its bright blue outdoor seating area. True coffee lovers can indulge in beans from Brazil, Kenya, Costa Rica or Ethiopia while enjoying cookies, cakes and pastries. KB Café Shop is also vegetarian-friendly, offering a selection of meals such as its popular roast vegetable rocket baguette.
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Sun:
9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Mon:
7:45 am - 6:30 pm
Tue:
7:45 am - 6:30 pm
Wed:
7:45 am - 6:30 pm
Thu:
7:45 am - 6:30 pm
Fri:
7:45 am - 6:30 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 6:30 pm

Paul et Rimbaud

Cafe, French, $$$
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Paul et Rimbaud is a literary café offering coffee, pastries and a good read. Here, a mother and daughter duo, both baristas specialising in fine coffees, will treat your taste buds while sharing their extensive knowledge. Though a simple café, guests can read beautiful poems in the large library or enjoy occasional live music.
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Sun:
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

La Maison Rose

Cafe, French, $$$
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This very Instagrammable café is a popular place among locals and tourists. Located on the corner of Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre, the pink venue stands out among the white buildings surrounding it, making it an unmissable sight. While it was originally established in 1905, it became The Pink House people have come to know in 2017. La Maison Rose offers traditional French dishes such as smoked trout with potatoes and poached eggs, smoked burrata with carrots and beets, and mussels with tarragon vinaigrette.
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Sun:
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Mon:
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Jour de Vélo

Cafe, French
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In case you’re wondering if this spot is filled with bikes, the answer is yes. Step into this alternative space that allows cyclists to repair their bikes while relaxing at a café – all under one roof. While a mechanic is present every day, one can also make a quick stop at Jour de vélo for coffee or tea.
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Mon:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Le Moustache Café

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If you want fluffy sofas, old-fashioned hot chocolate, a light-filled glass roof and cats to pet, Le Moustache Café is your afternoon place to visit. Home to 10 cats, the café welcomes guests, including children over four, to an animal-friendly space where sandwiches and coffee are on the menu.
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Sun:
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 7:30 pm