Perhaps more than any other activity in the City, the cafés of Paris offer the visitor a chance to sit back and feel like a real Parisian. And anyway, there's nothing better than being on a sunny terrace, sipping a café crème (milky coffee) and watching the boulevard go by. Most of these places could easily be included on the restaurants page as they serve food throughout the day.

Angelina's cafe, Paris


Angelina‚Äôs opened in 1903 and lately has spawned a few offshoots. But here is the original Belle Époque tearoom where you can find breakfast, lunch and tea. And THE BEST hot chocolate EVER. Be prepared to queue.

226 rue de Rivoli
1st Arrondissement

+ 33 1 42 60 82 00

Métro: Tuileries (line 1)

Cafe de Flore, Paris

Café de Flore

The Flore, which opened in 1885, is the grande dame of St Germain and its Art Deco interior has changed little since World War II. It offers a variety of meals, snacks and drinks, from the break of day until the early hours.

172 bd St-Germain
6th Arrondissement

+ 33 1 45 48 55 26

Métro: St-Germain-des-Prés (line 4)

Deux Magots cafe, Paris

Les Deux Magots

A neighbour and contemporary of the Flore, the room is charming and bright and a wonderful evocation of the Belle Époque. Drop in for a meal, a snack or a drink at any time.

6 place St-Germain-des-Prés
6th Arrondissement

+ 33 1 45 48 55 25

Métro: St-Germain-des-Prés (line 4)

Loir dans la Theire cafe, Paris

Le Loir dans le Théière

If you can get in ... Does great snacks and the best lemon meringue pie.

3 rue des Rosiers
4th Arrondissement

+ 33 1 42 72 90 61

Métro: Saint-Paul (line 1)

Le Dome restaurant cafe, Paris

Le Dôme

Set slightly forward from the grandeur of the restaurant, the café at the Dôme is still a great place to spend a lot of money on a coffee.

108 bd du Montparnasse
14th Arrondissement

+ 33 1 43 35 25 81

Métro: Vavin (line 4)

La Palette cafe, Paris

La Palette

Fancy feeling like a bohemian artist in the Latin Quarter? You've come to the right place. Serves good food but you can also just drop in for a drink.

43 rue de Seine
6th Arrondissement

+ 33 1 43 26 68 15

Métro: Odéon (lines 4 & 10)

Comme a Lisbon best coffee, Paris

Comme a Lisbonne/Tasca

The tiny Comme a Lisbonne sells great coffee and Pasteis (Portuguese pastrys) to take away - unless the two stools are vacant. Next door its café, Tasca, serves lovely Portuguese snacks.

37 rue du Roi de Sicile
4th Arrondissement

+ 33 7 61 23 42 30

Métro: St Paul (line 1)

Métro: Hotel de Ville (lines 1 & 11)

St Regis cafe, Paris

St Regis

One of a wider chain of great cafés that aesthetically combines the classic Parisian bistrot with a New York vibe. The food is consistently good whether it's breakfast or dinner and you can also just drop in for a cocktail.

6 rue du Jean Bellay
4th Arrondissement

+ 33 1 43 54 59 41

Métro: Pont Marie (line 7)

L'Escale cafe, Paris


An authentic local café on the île St Louis.

1 rue des Deux Ponts
4th Arrondissement

+ 33 1 43 54 94 23

Métro: Pont Marie (line 7)

Le Peloton coffee shop, Paris

Le Peloton

A good coffee is harder to find in Paris than you might think. This newish coffee shop, run by charming New Zealander, Paul, serves up excellent coffee and fresh waffles for breakfast. Also, if you're an English speaker and fancy a break from having to speak French, you've come to the right place.

17 rue du Pont Louis Philippe
4th Arrondissement

+ 33 6 21 18 46 93

Métro: Pont Marie (line 7)

Cafe Maure, Grande Mosquee de Paris

Café Maure de la Mosquée

On a warm day, even when crowded, the courtyard of the Grand Mosque is a delightful haven. Drink traditional mint tea under the fig tree and feel as though you've truly travelled.

39 rue Geoffroy St-Hilaire
5th Arrondissement

+ 33 1 43 31 18 14

Métro: Censier - Daubenton (line 7)

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