Cafe Marlette was once a bread-and-pastries-only brand run by sisters Margaux and Scarlette, but has recently branched out to serve more organic specialties beyond scones and cakes. Stop by on a Sunday for brunch to taste their gourmet honey and walnut oil sandwich, quiche, Beillevaire cheeses and filtered coffee from the Maison Coutume. The minimal lighting and relaxed vibe of the café make for a comfy spot to spend the weekend among friends, and is a favorite of many Parisians.
Walk up the Rue de Martyrs towards Pigalle and you’ll run into Beans on Fire, otherwise known as KB Café. They take their beans seriously here with a different daily filter featuring coffee ranging from Kenya and Miramar to Costa Rica.The café has plenty of outdoor seating, but on colder days, finding a seat for two on the long picnic tables inside may be tough during peak hours.
Wander off from the Marcadet-Poissoniers metro stop past the graffiti-covered walls to the jewel that is Café Lomi. This warehouse turned industrial coffee shop houses a visible laboratory, with coffee machines and grinders testing their beans from El Salvador and Ethiopia. The vast coffee menu and seriousness of the crowd, a mix of businessmen and coffee fanatics, might be intimidating when ordering, but you can sign up for a tasting class here if you’re keen on learning more about the art of coffee.
Set off for the familiar cobblestone streets of Rue Lepic where the historic Café des Deux Moulins still stands, between flower shops and memories of the curious Amélie Poulain. Though a common ground for film fans and Moulin Rouge tourists, the red booths of the interior café and its traditional French brasserie menu are a must for the experience of coffee-drinking and people-watching at a typical Parisian café.