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COFFEE

For a long time the general consensus was that coffee in Paris was terrible. Fortunately, thanks to a handful of passionate individuals in the city that narrative is changing. In the last few years countless speciality coffee shops have opened across Paris, each one brining its own unique element to a movement that was, and still is, sweeping the city.  

5 cafes to visit in Pairs 

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BOOT CAFE

An old cobblers shop turned cafe, Boot is one of the most charming cafes in the city. Full of character with great coffee to match, the cafe has become a fixture of the 3rd arrondissement. Measuring 4 sq m and with only three tables inside, Boot’s happy customers often spill onto the footpath sipping coffee on the cafe’s colourful stools making for a lively scene outside. 

Address: 19 Rue DU Pont AU Chox 75003
HOURS: Mon–Sun 10am–5pm
METRO: Saint-Sébastien–Froissart (line 8)

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La Fontaine De Belleville

Serving up specialty coffee in a traditional Parisian café that has occupied its corner on rue Juliette Dodu for more than 100 years, La Fontaine de Belleville’s well‐preserved decor adds a layer of history and sophistication to the city’s specialty coffee movement. From the team behind Paris’ well‐known roaster Belleville Brûlerie, the coffee here is outstanding.

ADDRESS: 31-33 rue Juliette Dodu, 75020
HOURS: Daily 8am–10pm
METRO: Colonel Fabien (line 2)

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KB CAFE

Wrapped around a corner at the top of foodie haven rue des Martyrs, KB has long been a neighbourhood favourite. One of the first speciality cafes in the city, it has been the 9th arrondissement’s flagship haunt since it opened in 2010. Using their own beans, KB consistently serves up great coffee. Its expansive street side terrace, makes it a great spot for warmer months. 

Address:  53 Avenue Trudaine, 75009 Paris
HOURS: Sat - Sun 7:45am–6:30pm,
Mon–Fri 9am–6:30pm
Metro: PIGALLE

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FRAGMENTS 

Tucked in the back streets of the Marais, this coffee purveyor has a strong focus on craftsmanship and quality. Behind the hand‐painted counter a crew of talented baristas serve up some of Paris’ best coffee. The café’s all‐black façade blends discreetly into the street and inside, an oversized bruce lee posted and exposed brick transport you to New York.

Address: 76 rue des Tournelles, 75003
HOURS: Mon–SUN 8am–6pm
METRO: Chemin Vert (line 8)

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NEIGHBOURS

Nestled amongst shops between Bastille and République, Neighbours is an intimate haunt serving excellent coffee from international roasters. From the Australian‐English couple behind Honor (an outdoor café in a semi‐permanent space off high‐end shopping street rue Saint‐Honoré), Neighbours serves top notch coffee  from a range of unique roasters.

Address: 89 boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003
HOURS: Sat–Sun 9:30am–6pm, Mon, THURS AND Fri 8:30am–5pm
METRO: Saint-Sébastien - Froissart (LINE 8)

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COCKTAILS 

Savouring wine in wicker chairs on street side terraces is a longstanding Parisian pastime. While this tradition is still widely embraces, the Parisian bar scene has quietly been evolving thanks to invent native mixologists and bar owners creating exciting new experiences.

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LITTLE RED DOOR

This speakeasy-style cocktail bar in the heart of the Marais offers a cosy atmosphere and some of Paris’ best hospitality.Don’t be fooled by the little red door tucked into a wall on rue Charlot – you’ll gain entry to Little Red Door through the discreet black-and-white-striped one to the left, arriving in a dimly lit cocktail-lover’s dream.  Order a cocktail from the unique menu or ask one of the knowledgeable bartenders to create something bespoke. 

Address:  53 Avenue Trudaine, 75009 Paris
HOURS: Sat - Sun 7:45am–6:30pm,
Mon–Fri 9am–6:30pm
Metro: PIGALLE


BEST WINE BAR

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LA BUVETTE

This is a hidden gem is a wine shop-cum bar on an an assuming street in the heart of the 11th arrondissement with warm service and plenty of charm.  Opened in 2012 by one-woman powerhouse Camille Fourmont, La Buvette draws a regular crowd that huddles around the oak bar each evening to drink bottles pulled from the carefully curated selection. Ask Camille for her recommendation.

ADDRESS: 67 rue saint maur
OPENING TIMES: SAT–Sun 12pm - 10pm
WED–FRI 6pm–11:45pm
METRO: rue saint maur (line 3)

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CANDELARIA

The first venue from the team behind Parisian favourites like Le Mary Celeste, Hero, Glass and Le Grand Verres,  Candelaria is a pared-back Mexican taqueria in the heart of the Marais with a speakeasy hidden behind the back door.  Consistently dubbed a must-visit venue on global ‘best of’ bar lists, Candelaria’s lively ambience pulls in a packed, diverse crowd of devotees who come for the great cocktails and authentic atmosphere. 

Address:  52 rue de Saintonge
14 rue Crespin du Gast (original location), 75011
HOURS: MON-SUN 6pm–2am (bar)
METRO: Filles du Calvaire (line 8) 


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Photo credit: Boot Cafe - FAYE Bullock, Fragments - YASMIN ZEINAB, La Fontaine de Belleville - ALBIN DURAND, Neighbours, KB Cafe, Little Red Door and La Buvette - ALISTAIR WHEELER, CANDELARIA - DIANE YOON