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☕️ The Best Coffee Shops in Paris for Specialty Coffee

Specialty coffee has been on the rise in Paris in recent years, as more and more coffee lovers seek out unique, high-quality coffee experiences. This growing demand has sparked the emergence of numerous specialty coffee shops throughout the city, each offering its own unique take on the traditional café experience. From small, cozy shops serving up expertly crafted espresso drinks to large, bustling cafés offering a wide variety of specialty coffee drinks and beans, Paris has something to offer for coffee lovers of all stripes. In this article, we will delve into the exciting world of specialty coffee in Paris, by exploring 6 of my favorite cafés.

Specialty Coffee: What’s the Deal?

Specialty coffee has emerged as a new trend in France, and especially in Paris, where all you could get until recently was average espresso or “café crème” in one of the numerous hybrid beverage suppliers around the capital. Some places though were above average, but they offered very traditional European-style coffee. A few years ago, some newcomers got the Parisians acquainted with third-wave coffee. And now, you can finally sip a proper caffeinated drink in Paris if you know where to get it from!

Wait, what are we really talking about when referring to ‘specialty coffee’? And are all the places using a La Marzocco coffee machine worth trying?

In fact, there are standards in the coffee universe, and they’ve been established by the Specialty Coffee Association, aka the SCA. According to various criteria (such as flavors, acidity, or balance), the SCA protocol rates the quality of the coffee beans out of 100 points. If a coffee has a rating of 80/100 or higher, it is considered specialty coffee.

Where to Drink Specialty Coffee in Paris

The beans aren’t the only guarantee of a tasty cup, the roasting process and the preparation are also decisive to magnify the original product. If you are down for café hopping, this article might help you to find your way around Paris’ best coffee places.

Select all the options you want for your coffee experience
🍪 Food
🥤 Take-away
🪑 Seat-in
🥛 Dairy-free option
💻 Laptops allowed

I/O Café 🍪🥤🪑🥛
paris io cafe
👌 Flat white + rocher coco
🕘 Mon-Fri: 08:30 – 18:00, Sat-Sun: 10:00 – 18:00
📍 16 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, Paris 3

Dreamin’ Man 🍪🥤🪑🥛
paris dreamin man café
👌 Filter + daily special
🕘 Paris 11: Mon-Sat 8:30 – 16:00, Paris 3: Tue-Sat 9:00 – 18:00
📍 Paris 11, Paris 3 (inside The Broken Arm)
📸 @dreaminman_paris

paris recto verso café
👌 Café crème + Basque cheesecake
🕘 Wed-Fri: 09:30 – 18:00, Sat-Sun: 10:00 – 18:30
📍 6 Rue Portefoin, Paris 3
📸 @rectoversocafe

Typica 🍪🥤🪑🥛
paris typica cafe
👌 Latte + cookie
🕘 Mon-Fri: 08:30 – 16:30, Sat-Sun: 09:00 – 17:30
📍 8 Rue des Filles du Calvaire, Paris 3
📸 @typicaparis

Clove Coffee Shop 🍪🥤🪑🥛
paris clove coffee shop
👌 Cappucino + cinnamon roll
🕘 Fri-Tue: 09:30 – 17:30
📍 14 Rue Chappe, Paris 18
📸 @clovecoffeeshop

Kawa 🥤🪑🥛💻
paris kawa cafe
👌 Filter + treat from Gramme
🕘 Mon-Fri: 09:00 – 11:30 / 12:00 – 17:00, Sat-Sun: 10:00 – 17:30
📍 96 Rue des Archives, Paris 3


Although it might not be your most typical Parisian experience, I personally love sitting at Dreamin’ Man. The owners really bring something special to the experience by baking their own stuff, and the coffee is always perfect. If you are lucky enough to be able to go on a weekday and sit outside in the quiet Amelot street, you’ll probably have a very pleasurable experience. Be careful, you could easily become a regular and spend all your money on coffee!

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