People-watching in Paris. It’s practically a national pastime. But where is the best place to get in on the action? Here we present our list of the best cafés in Paris to enjoy an espresso and watch the world go by.
Made famous by the movie Amélie, this café is a popular spot with tourists and locals. With a good selection of food and drinks, a particular highlight is the Goûter d’Amélie, offering you a choice of coffee (black or with milk), hot chocolate or tea and a crème brûlée. Because of its location in a non-touristy area of Montmartre, you can immerse yourself in French culture and, if you like, take a selfie next to a large poster of Amélie.
At the top of Parc de Belleville, this is the perfect place to relax on a sunny day. From the outdoor terrace you can get a fantastic view of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower. With cheap drinks and an excellent brunch, there are also regular live music events. The local area is full of boutiques and studios, and is perfect for an afternoon stroll.
A favourite for locals, this little café on the Rue de l’Hôtel de Ville is famous for its impressive selection of coffee from around the world. Grab a comfy seat, choose your coffee blend and admire Notre Dame as the sun sets.
Do you love hot chocolate? Then Angelina, on the Rue de Rivoli, is the place to go. Serving delicious classic tea-room food and their famous chocolat chaud, it’s not hard to see why this is one of the best cafés in Paris!
Nestled in the heart of Le Marais, this retro café is tiny. With only about 15 seats, it’s also always busy. If you manage to get a place to sit, then you’re in a for a treat. The café is popular with bloggers, photographers and those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Paris. The avocado toast is highly recommended!
One of the oldest cafés in Paris, Les Deux Magots has welcomed a host of literary figures and artists over the years, from Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, to James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, Bertolt Brecht and Ernest Hemingway. Close to the Church of Saint-Germain des Près, this café has a traditional bistro ambience.
Away from the tourist areas, this café in the Latin quarter is popular with a younger crowd. The homemade desserts make this place famous and, with exposed stone work, wooden beams and huge window, this is the perfect place to while away a few hours.
On the Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, Berthillon is the place to go for ice cream and sorbet. With some seating, the café also offers a to-go counter. Although relatively expensive, the quality of the ice cream is evident, as shown by the queues of people that wait outside every day.
With its impressive menu, each visit to this café is truly special. Located on the Rue Saint Dominique, Café Constant has a traditional French bistro ambiance. The menu fixe is reasonably priced and after lunch, the nearby Rue Cler is an amazing pedestrian street where you can buy fresh local produce.
Serving some of the best vegetarian food in Paris, this affordable café is located by the Canal Saint Martin. It’s a cosy place with an amazing vibe and delicious menu. If you’re just after a coffee, the latte is creamy and delicious.
With so many places to enjoy a coffee, you’re sure to find a gem or two. We hope our list of the best cafés in Paris gives you some inspiration and offers you some relaxation during your visit to France’s buzzing capital city. Have a great trip!