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A Guide to Paris' Best Coffee Shops

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The majority of cafés in Paris, France, still treat coffee as an afterthought: an early-morning caffeine delivery mechanism whose flavor is described solely as "strong" or "mild." It was never supposed to taste good; coffee in Paris was always about the experience of drinking coffee — lingering in a wicker chair with a cigarette and croissant — rather than the flavor of the coffee itself. But these two components, experience and taste, are no longer mutually exclusive. The third-wave explosion is taking over Paris ? and fast. Here's where you can find the best coffee in the city of lights:
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Télescope

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5 rue Villédo, Paris
Île-de-France 75001, France
+33 1 42 61 33 14
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Télescope is a small shop in the 1st arrondissement just adjacent to Palais Royal specializing in drip coffee. It's also one of the few shops in the city doing pour-over on a kalita wave. All the coffee is excellent, and the relaxed atmosphere is distinctly Parisian. [Photo]

2. Coutume Café

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47 rue de Babylone, Paris
Île-de-France 75007, France
+33 1 45 51 50 47
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This was the first real third-wave café to open in Paris, roasting its own beans and serving siphon. Every day here feels like Sunday brunch in New York's SoHo with an English menu full of eggs, sausage, butter, and toast. The coffee and food are both excellent. [Photo]

3. Ten Belles

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10 Rue de La Grange aux Belles, Paris
Île-de-France 75010, France
+33 1 42 40 90 78
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Ten Belles is a charming, light, and airy café in the 10th arrondissement that bakes its own pastries in-house. The baristi here are incredibly friendly and knowledgable. This is the perfect stop before (or after) a stroll along the canal St. Martin. [Photo]

4. Café Lomi

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3 ter rue Marcadet, Paris
Île-de-France 75018, France
+33 9 80 39 56 24
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Café Lomi is a smaller roaster in the 18th arrondissement specializing in chemex pour-over. Be sure to stop by for breakfast and try their house-made granola over fromage blanc. [Photo]

5. The Broken Arm

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12 Rue Perée, Paris
Île-de-France 75003, France
+33 1 44 61 53 60
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Broken Arm is one of the few specialty coffee shops in Paris with outdoor seating in the Marais Nord. This café focuses on espresso, and the baristi are among Paris' most skilled. The space is flooded with light, and the park across the street is perfect for wandering with a cup of coffee (or two). [Photo]

6. Café Craft

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24 Rue des Vinaigriers
75010 Paris, France
+33 1 40 35 90 77
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Café Craft is a shared office space where customers relax and work for hours fueled by excellent coffee, homemade pastries, and wifi. The café is frequently written up for its swanky decor, but rest assured, the espresso is worth a trip as well. [Photo]

7. Le Bal

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6 Impasse de la Défense, Paris
Île-de-France 75018, France
+33 1 44 70 75 51
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Coffee and art mix at this neighborhood café and exhibition space near Place de Clichy. Run by the former French-British chefs of Rose Bakery, Le Bal serves strong English-style breakfasts alongside its coffee. It's also open on Sundays. [Photo]

8. KB Cafeshop

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53 Avenue De Trudaine, Paris
75018, France
+33 1 56 92 12 41
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KB Café is a funky, relaxed, and pretense-free shop near the Sacre Coeur with a strong espresso program. Grab one of the outdoor seats on a nice day. [Photo]

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1. Télescope

5 rue Villédo, Paris, Île-de-France 75001, France
Télescope is a small shop in the 1st arrondissement just adjacent to Palais Royal specializing in drip coffee. It's also one of the few shops in the city doing pour-over on a kalita wave. All the coffee is excellent, and the relaxed atmosphere is distinctly Parisian. [Photo]
5 rue Villédo, Paris
Île-de-France 75001, France

2. Coutume Café

47 rue de Babylone, Paris, Île-de-France 75007, France
This was the first real third-wave café to open in Paris, roasting its own beans and serving siphon. Every day here feels like Sunday brunch in New York's SoHo with an English menu full of eggs, sausage, butter, and toast. The coffee and food are both excellent. [Photo]
47 rue de Babylone, Paris
Île-de-France 75007, France

3. Ten Belles

10 Rue de La Grange aux Belles, Paris, Île-de-France 75010, France
Ten Belles is a charming, light, and airy café in the 10th arrondissement that bakes its own pastries in-house. The baristi here are incredibly friendly and knowledgable. This is the perfect stop before (or after) a stroll along the canal St. Martin. [Photo]
10 Rue de La Grange aux Belles, Paris
Île-de-France 75010, France

4. Café Lomi

3 ter rue Marcadet, Paris, Île-de-France 75018, France
Café Lomi is a smaller roaster in the 18th arrondissement specializing in chemex pour-over. Be sure to stop by for breakfast and try their house-made granola over fromage blanc. [Photo]
3 ter rue Marcadet, Paris
Île-de-France 75018, France

5. The Broken Arm

12 Rue Perée, Paris, Île-de-France 75003, France
Broken Arm is one of the few specialty coffee shops in Paris with outdoor seating in the Marais Nord. This café focuses on espresso, and the baristi are among Paris' most skilled. The space is flooded with light, and the park across the street is perfect for wandering with a cup of coffee (or two). [Photo]
12 Rue Perée, Paris
Île-de-France 75003, France

6. Café Craft

24 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris, France
Café Craft is a shared office space where customers relax and work for hours fueled by excellent coffee, homemade pastries, and wifi. The café is frequently written up for its swanky decor, but rest assured, the espresso is worth a trip as well. [Photo]
24 Rue des Vinaigriers
75010 Paris, France

7. Le Bal

6 Impasse de la Défense, Paris, Île-de-France 75018, France
Coffee and art mix at this neighborhood café and exhibition space near Place de Clichy. Run by the former French-British chefs of Rose Bakery, Le Bal serves strong English-style breakfasts alongside its coffee. It's also open on Sundays. [Photo]
6 Impasse de la Défense, Paris
Île-de-France 75018, France

8. KB Cafeshop

53 Avenue De Trudaine, Paris, 75018, France
KB Café is a funky, relaxed, and pretense-free shop near the Sacre Coeur with a strong espresso program. Grab one of the outdoor seats on a nice day. [Photo]
53 Avenue De Trudaine, Paris
75018, France

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