Our trip to Paris was nearly over two months ago, and it’s only now the wedding is over that I’ve actually sat down long enough to look back on it. We snuck away for three nights, getting the Eurostar one evening after work, and had a blissful couple of days, doing not a lot other than either drinking coffee (by day) or wine (by night). I’ve never really been much of a fan of French coffee – way too bitter for me normally – but the French coffee scene is clearly benefiting from English and Australian influences, and we found some great speciality coffee in Paris while we were there.
Telescope: this tiny little (and beautifully minimalist) coffee shop is tucked away on Rue Villedo and is a great spot to go and warm up if you’ve been walking around the Jardin de Tuileries. The barista suggested we each tried a different blend (Kenyan for me, Ehtiopian for J), and I have rarely seen someone take such cafe in blending together an aeropress. Loved it.
Ten Belles: just behind the Canal Saint Martin, this felt as though we easily could have been in Shoreditch on a Saturday afternoon. Surrounded by a mix of English and French voices, and with coffee, sandwiches & cakes constantly flying past, it really did feel like a London coffee spot.
Fondation Cafe: this was just around the corner from our airbnb, and while it’s pretty bare bones, it was a great morning stop off for a cafe allonge. I think they had just changed ownership shortly before we visited, but as of September ’16, still great.
Holybelly: the current brunch spot du jour of Paris and it does live up to the hype. Two hour waits apparently aren’t unheard of at the weekend, but we got there 20 minutes after opening on a Friday and had no issues getting a table. Great Australian style coffee and by far the friendliest place I’ve ever been in Paris in terms of service.
Cafe Lomi: the area north of the Gare du Nord has never really had much to recommend it, but having discovered Cafe Lomi I could be prepared to make an exception to return. With beautifully chic black frontage and signage, and a no laptop policy at weekends, this was our last visit before catching our train home – and even at gone 5pm on a Sunday, it was packed full. They roast and blend their own coffee on site, plus you can take away bags of beans with you too, for a drinkable holiday souvenir.