I started my Monday in Paris this week and of course I had a whole list of coffee shops that I wanted to hit up. Now as this was a birthday present for my wife and also my first time in Paris I wanted to do the typical tourist stuff and see the sights too. I was able to fit in four coffee shops in two days and it was just fantastic.
The first shop that we got to was Fragments. It was around 20 minutes from our Airbnb so it was a nice walk through the Parisian streets. When we got there it was steady enough and we were able to grab a seat just by the door. Fragments is a neat and cosy place, I was able to see my filter being made, the barista pour art on some drinks, I got the whole experience of how they operate. We ordered two filters which were so smooth, and a heated scone with jam and cream. It was a perfect combination. It was a cosy shop with speedy customer service and a chilled atmosphere.
Next we went to Cafe Loustic. Again another great small spot that served a killer filter coffee. We didn’t get any food at this place but they had a ton of treats and sandwiches in their pastry case that looked tasty. Something I really liked about this place was the set up of their tables, it was something I’d never seen before. They were so practical and yet so cosy at the same time. I probably should’ve took a photo of them now that I think of it … I think Cafe Loustic was one of the first coffee shops from Paris that I followed on Instagram so it was really good to finally visit a place i had seen from a far for so long.
The third coffee shop we hit up was Telescope. Julie had just dragged me around the Louvre Museum and it’s safe to say I was so ready for coffee. We walked for around 20 minutes, again, to get there. I could tell this place had staff that knew coffee. We ordered two aeropresses and were given two different single origins, I loved this! The barista took my order and made it into a mini coffee tasting which just made my experience of Telescope even better. Both filters were killer and so smooth to drink. I came across Telescope through a blog post that Coffee NI put up of when they were in Paris, great recommendation!
Last but not least and certainly the most recommended was Holybelly. We got there around 20 minutes before they closed. Again, we got filters, and again, they were incredible. Customer service was great, super friendly and helpful as well. This diner style coffee shop provided such a lovely atmosphere to sit and chat about our day. Great music played in the background and even though they were closing, we didn’t feel pressured to leave. (We did, don’t worry.)
I realise now looking back that we probably should’ve ordered something other than filter coffees but I’m a filter guy, I will pick that over espresso based everytime!
So that’s about it. If you are ever in Paris, check these places out! I would highly recommend every single one of them. And finally, Happy International Coffee Day!
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