Travel 3 minutes 26 February 2024

The Best Places for Coffee & Hot Chocolate in Paris

From cutting-edge speciality micro-roasters to cosy historical haunts, here are The MICHELIN Guide's favourite spots

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Café Nuances

Housed in what was once a dairy shop, this café's original (and attractive) Art Deco sign greets you on the façade while attracting a great deal of attention. Standing out from the crowd for its excellent coffees, sourced from plantations globally, along with their original blends (featuring notes of fruit, flowers, chocolate and caramel), the founders (and brothers) Charles and Raphaël Corot wanted to give their space a contemporary feel contrasting the tearooms of yesteryear. Floor mosaics, brightly coloured panels, bar stools and gleaming metal counters make for an eye-catching and Insta-friendly interior. A resounding success!

25, rue Danielle Casanova, 75001 Paris

© Café Nuances Paris
© Café Nuances Paris

La Manufacture de Café Alain Ducasse
Alain Ducasse has a taste for top-notch ingredients, and coffee is no exception. After opening his Manufacture dedicated to chocolate, the legendary chef launched his newest proposition – an 'haute cuisine' take on coffee. To this end, Ducasse has teamed up with the Italian roasters of 1895, a speciality coffee brand launched by Turin-based Lavazza, which sources its coffees from exceptional and environmentally friendly small-scale producers. The roasting area is in full view of visitors, who are then welcome to take time out to enjoy a cup of house coffee prepared in time-honoured tradition by one of the establishment's expert baristas, dubbed 'cafeliers'.

12, rue St Sabin, 75011 Paris

In the rue Saint-Martin, a stone's throw from the Centre Pompidou, this artisanal coffee shop is busy from morning to closing time. It sources its beans from the world's best coffee plantations and roasts them in its own workshop. With a rustic vibe – think exposed bricks, metal columns and a dark counter – the neo-industrial setting is indisputably reminiscent of Brooklyn. Linger here with your coffee, or move to the terrace, where you can savour your drink in the company of a loyal clientele of regulars. Their selection of single origin coffees and blends is available to buy, so you can try more at home.

36, rue de Turbigo, 75003 Paris

© Georges Karam/Partisans
© Georges Karam/Partisans

Ten Belles Bread
Both a roaster and a bakery, this sustainably minded and socially responsible speciality coffee company focuses on small-scale producers whose beans are roasted just outside of Paris. The branch in the 11th arrondissement is their largest and most comfortable, with a pleasant seating area stretching far back and a lovely terrace giving onto a quiet garden – the ideal spot in which to sample the various Couture coffees in the sunshine. If you are peckish, choose from the delicious breads, pastries and cakes made on-site with their own sourdough. A real treat!

17-19, rue Bréguet, 75011 Paris

Café Coutume
Tucked away in the rue de Babylone, just a few minutes' walk from Le Bon Marché, this trendy coffee shop uses exceptional speciality coffee beans to prepare espresso (with a gleaming La Marzocco machine) or for different filter methods such as AeroPress and Chemex. The sleek interior is pleasantly contemporary with unfinished walls, tiled counters and floor-to-ceiling windows. Your coffee will go down a treat as part of the delicious brunch, or with a pancake or a pastry, such as a financier or banana bread.

47, rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris

© Instagram/Café Coutume
© Instagram/Café Coutume

Café Kitsuné Vertbois
Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki, founders of the Maison Kitsuné fashion house, have long been interested in coffee and have a handful of cafés in some of the hippest corners of Tokyo, Seoul, Los Angeles and Paris. Close to the Haut Marais area, its Parisian coffee shop and roasting workshop is a sleek and pleasant space in which to savour the company's freshly roasted beans – served by its baristas every which way, from espresso to macchiato to flat white. Another great option is the matcha latte, which goes down easy especially when coupled with a treat like a financier, a cookie or a biscuit in the shape of a fox – the 'kitsuné' that is the namesake and emblem of the French-Japanese brand.

30, rue du Vertbois, 75003 Paris

Terres de Café
Founded by Christophe Servell, this renowned roaster is a pioneer in the world of Parisian coffee. He was one of the first to serve a genuine speciality coffee made from 100% entirely traceable beans from sustainable plantations, whose farmers are fairly paid. There is an excellent selection of aromas, from fruity to floral, to more woody and spicy. The rue des Blancs Manteaux café, one of the brand's first, is frequented by droves of coffee lovers, who go wild for its carefully curated menu of beans and expertly prepared coffees.

36, rue des Blancs-Manteaux, 75004 Paris

© Francis Amiand/Terres de Café
© Francis Amiand/Terres de Café

It is impossible not to mention this Parisian institution on rue de Rivoli, which has been open for over 120 years. Its legendary tearoom sports a Belle Époque decor that has not aged a day and remains an exceptional setting for a coffee break or afternoon tea. Angelina serves a wide selection of French pastries – such as Mont Blanc, the chestnut showstopper invented here by founder Anton Rumpelmayer – to accompany not only coffees, but also hot chocolate, the house's great speciality. It is made by combining different cocoa beans from Africa, then topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

226, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

© Café Angelina Paris Rivoli
© Café Angelina Paris Rivoli
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