It’s not hard to find great food in Paris. If you’re planning a vacation there, you’ve probably already spent hours online, gawking at photos of elegantly served food and drooling over menus. But have you put any thought into where you can go for a great cup of coffee? If not, don’t fret–we’ve got you covered! From American-style corner coffee shops to upscale coffee-focused cafes, here’s a list of some of Paris’s best places to enjoy a superb espresso, café au lait, or café noisette.

Double Espresso [Photo Credit: Coffeegeek, PublicDomain]

Double Espresso / Coffeegeek / Public Domain

Coutume Café – If you enjoy the science behind creating the perfect cup of coffee, you will enjoy this relatively new coffee shop where patrons can choose from a variety of brewing methods. These guys have literally won awards at major brewing competitions, so you can bet they’re serious about doing things right. You’ll also find plenty of options for a sweet treat to accompany your coffee and can enjoy a full breakfast or tasty lunchtime sandwich here as well.

KBCafeshop – This casual coffee shop is the perfect place to opt for a sweetened coffee-infused drink, settle down into a corner, and watch or chat with the locals–all while putting your French language skills to use, of course. Things really pick up on Sundays here thanks to their decadent brunch platters that offer the perfect balance of salty and sweet.

Soul Kitchen – Friendly staff, inviting decor, and a unique, vegetarian-based menu set this cafe apart from others in the area. You can get a great cup of coffee here, but those looking for a cooler refreshment are sure to enjoy the fresh fruit juices. Kids will like the bright colors and casual atmosphere, while parents can rest easy knowing the whole family is eating a healthy meal.

Le Rocketship – You may come for the coffee, but chances are you’ll leave with a few additional purchases in hand as well. The cafe/boutique has all kinds of trinkets, mugs, and home decor, in addition to a full coffee menu.

American Corner – As you can almost decipher from the name, this is the place to go if you want an American staple–the bagel. But this isn’t any plain old bagel. Opt for any of the dozen or more bagel sandwiches on the menu to accompany your cup of joe and you won’t be disappointed.

Latte Art [Photo Credit: Takeaway, CC BY-SA 3.0]

Latte Art / Takeaway / CC BY-SA 3.0

Café Verlet – Step back in time by paying a visit to this historical cafe that dates back to 1880. While the seating area may be tiny, the exquisite coffee selection–to enjoy there or to take with you in bean form–more than makes up for a lack of space. A menu of cakes and pastries and a daily quiche-and-salad lunch offering make it hard to leave without trying something of a little more substance as well.

If you’re planning a vacation to France, now’s the time to brush up on your French skills. Contact us today to sign up for language lessons and you’ll learn how to order your café and pain au chocolat with confidence in no time at all!