More Great Coffee in Paris?!? It’s Too Good to Be True
We can’t believe it either. Paris—once notorious for its watery, tasteless java—now has little coffee shops manned by hip, talented baristas popping up on every corner.
We previously told you about three new places to visit in the French capital that were some of the first in this Parisian coffee revolution, and within the last six months, even more great shops have opened.
A new favorite, Fondation Café, is owned by Australian barista Chris Nielsen, whose passion comes through in the final product. (You might also recognize him from behind the bar at Ten Belles). You’ll find it in the northern part of the Marais, not too far from Place de la République. There isn’t a lot of space here, but when the coffee is this good, who really cares? Grab a seat outside and, while you’re at it, order some delicious banana bread with salted butter. Fondation Café, 16 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Paris. Métro: Temple.
We haven’t seen many (good) new coffee shops in the 5th arrondissement, until now. Dose—or Dose – Dealer de Café, as they call it—is tucked away on Rue Mouffetard. The owners have gone against the Parisian norm and offer coffee to go through a “drive-through” window facing the street. If cobblestone streets plus a hot cup of coffee sounds too challenging, you’re welcome to take a seat inside. Dose – Dealer de Café, 73 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris. Métro: Place Monge.
The other coffee hot spot that has opened in the 5th arrondissement is Coutume Instituutti, inside the Finland Institute (hence the name). This is the second Coutume location in Paris, and one of the few coffee shops that actually has more than two little stools for its customers. Word’s already out on its wealth of space: Seats are often occupied by Parisians typing away on their laptops. Coutume Instituutti, 60 Rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris. Métro: Cluny – La Sorbonne.
Kitsuné, already a record label and fashion label, can now add ”barista” to its resume. Café Kitsuné is located right in the Jardin du Palais-Royal and competes for one of the nicest cafe spots in Paris. The space is tiny without any seating, which would be a problem if it didn’t have that beautiful park right outside. Café Kitsuné also serves Bob’s Cold Press juices and gluten-free treats from NOGLU. Café Kitsuné, 51 Galerie de Montpensier 75001 Paris. Métro: Palais-Royal.