La Caféothèque is the best coffee in Paris. We stayed in Ile St Louis and hit La Caféothèque daily. We even bought several bags of beans to take home to the states.
During our stay in Paris I was surprised at how bitter and burnt tasting most of the coffee is. La Caféothèque made us very happy :)
I first heard of La Caféothèque from the New York Times article tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.… about the low quality of coffee in Paris ("Why does the coffee in Paris suck so bad?"). After downing some truly nasty drink in Lausanne, Montpellier and Paris, I was ready for the big action.
I was in no way disappointed. Sipping my macchiato was a great pleasure. Maybe my coffee wasn't as good as those at your local Intelligentsia or Blue Bottle, but it was head and shoulders above the normal Paris fare. I left with a 250 gram bag of the coffee of the day, which is from Burundi. I look forward to drinking that coffee with breakfast tomorrow.
La Caféothèque's prices for espresso drinks are high relative to those at comparable US places; for example, consuming a cap on site will set you back 5 euros. On the other hand, the prices for coffee beans are perfectly in line with those in the US.
The Caféothèque has a "yelp nous aime" sticker on the door. It's well deserved.
Great selection of coffee (to sit and drink or buy the beans).
Passionate owner who seems to have explored South America for his beans.
Come and sit and stay awhile!
This place tries - coffee was good (but not the best I've had in Paris) and atmosphere was relaxed, composed mainly of old couches reminiscent of Stateside coffeehouses of old. Location is a bit neither here nor there so one has to make the trip over or at least plan to walk by.
La Cafeotheque built a bit of a name for itself since it helped bring back better coffee to Paris and held coffee tastings. With new places having opened, it's a bit passe but still up there.
This place feels like an old-school American coffeehouse, where you can just chill for hours. The barista is real friendly and can pull some decent drinks.
I'm giving four stars because it's one of the better coffee experiences I had in France. However, as good as La Cafeotheque is, it's disturbing that in California I can walk into any Peet's and have a better cup for half the price. Or if I'm feeling really ritzy I can stop in at Blue Bottle or Portola for a superior experience. Do we really have it that good in the States?
One thing I find comical about life in Paris, as an American, is that people love to talk to me about how bad American coffee is. (Don't even get my started on American beer misperceptions...) I am also almost certain that half of the people who make the comment have never been to the States and just use it as an icebreaker. ("Hi nice to meet you, I understand your country makes terrible coffee...")
In any case, I have no problem admitting that Dunkin' Donuts coffee is awful and that most "typical" (i.e. crappy) diners serve stale muddy water that may or may not contain some traces of burnt coffee....
However, coffee in Paris is not that great. Ok, they often grind the grains in front of you when you order in a bar or if you get your coffee from an automatic machine, you can hear grinding noises inside that make you think your coffee will be "fresh". This, in most cases, is a marketing ploy and a deception. Most cafes get their coffee from a mass-distributor like "Cafes Richard" (if you are lucky) or a crappier one. This means it is produced in gross and that there is likely little attention to the roasting of the coffee grains, their origin, the "fairness" of the trade involved, and most importantly the taste. Just because the coffee is not watery, does not mean it is good....Sorry Parisians.
The Italians make the best coffee. BUT...Good American coffee bars make great coffee and are EASIER to come across that their French cousins.
I was home visiting family in the US and enjoying a GREAT coffee in Washington, DC. There I made the comment that it is nearly impossible to find an authentic cappuccino in Paris (the drink most places call a cappuccino is not one - they put chocolate powder on it). In any case, I was swiftly advised to go to La Caféothèque.
This place is awesome and they roast their own coffee. It used to be really small so if you were there when they were roasting it could get a little smokey. However, they expanded recently and have a lot of space to hang out, study, etc. and there are two bars to order drinks and one to order coffee beans (whole or ground to your specifications).
One cool fact that I learned is the owner apparently negotiates directly with small producers to get his stock and thus the trade is more fair than "fair trade" because he cuts out the middle man and pays the farmers more than is considered "fair". It would appear that smaller producers like the ones they go to often cannot afford to get certified.
Anyways, long story short, they make a great cappuccino (or however you like your Joe for that matter: espresso, drip, iced, how ever you want!). I buy my coffee there regularly and the cool thing is that you can try the coffee you want before you purchase. They have an extensive menu and they can help you arrive at a coffee that is right for you. I have other sources for good coffee in the city but this place is my #1.
Finally a coffee place I don't have to be ashamed of as a French guy who lived in the States 7 years and knows that 99% of French cafés sell crappy coffee that leaves American, Australian and Italian tourists puzzled about the so-called "country of the cafés".
Nice atmosphere, good service, awesome coffee.
They also have baked goods (savoury and sweet). Of course, prices are high but you get what you pay for.
yes 5 euro for a cappuccino is steep, but this is a super cool american style "coffee house" because you really feel warm and comfortable here with the kitsch decor and pungent smell of high quality coffee beans :)
I hear lots of international languages here, as well as french. i actually come here quite frequently to linger over a delicious caffeinated beverage and work on my french homework :) it gets pretty busy around 4/5p but in the mornings its chill.
they have some passteries and a pretty extensive drink list if you ask for the menu, but i always stick with a cappuccino or double espresso.
They also have to go coffee!
Lovely place, great environment.
Also, PACKED & NO WI-FI.
This multi-leveled coffee shop is beautiful, it has themed rooms and a very homey, rustic, classy former-hipster-who-has-kids-and-a-job feel. You have to order in one place, pay in another, and tell them where you're sitting (if you are fortunate enough to find a seat) so they can bring it to you.
The coffee is soo delicious. The cheesecake is the best I've had in Paris so far (that's saying a lot). The guys working there are all very friendly, good-looking, playful (explain in a second), and helpful.
There is a room up the stairs and to the right. A magical room. But there are no laptops allowed. My friend was typing away on her Mac, and the waiter asked us to leave: we didn't see the sign that said no computers. Whoops! The rest of the guys were joking around with us and being extra nice (free pastries and sushi, random, I know) to make up for it I think.
Great place to study. Very relaxed vibe. Major downside is the lack of wi-fi - or else I'd be here all the time.
Historically I really liked La Cafeotheque. It was the first solid coffee shop in Paris making American-esque "Artisinal" coffee. The space was small, the decor was great, and the staff very friendly.
Sadly, that description no longer applies. The business has recently taken over the building next door, more than doubling their size. This has had some negative impacts on the business.
First, prices have gone up. A cafe latte (sur place, not to go) costs 5 euros. This is a bit excessive in my mind. Competitive quality coffee shops in town only cost 4 euro or less. In addition, most of their coffees range from 9 - 13 euro for 250 grams. It is the case that the owner has connections to great coffee plantations throughout S. and C. America, but equally good coffee at Coutume usually ranges 6-9 euro.
Second, the service has gone down. When I arrived on Saturday, the cafe was not too busy, maybe at 1/2 capacity. A guy came buy right when we arrived to bus our table, and I mentioned that we had not yet ordered. He never returned. After about 10 minutes a guy brought our menus. He only returned about 15 min later to take our order. Every 15 minutes or so I went to check on our order. After the third visit (45 minutes waiting), I realized we were not getting our drinks. Low-and-behold, the barista who took our order was outside chatting up girls (after chatting up girls inside) and never actually made our drinks, so we left.
Though it's way out of the way for me, I think I'll take my business to Coutume in the future, for better prices and better service.
Very friendly service here for this American coffee nerd in Paris. They (apparently, despite the presence of two V60s on the shelf) only do espresso drinks, so no pour-over/filter coffees here. However, the espresso (from Guatemala but I don't remember the precise origin) was tasty. The Guatemalan was roasted a little darker than I'm used to, but the whole beans that I brought home were roasted with a light touch (a very fruity Ethiopian Harar dry process and a Finca Don Jimenez from the DR). They were only serving the Guatemalan when I visited, so I didn't get to compare at the store.
The beans that I brought home are making some excellent coffee.
The location isn't bad either, so if your S.O./traveling partner doesn't care about coffee, you still might be able to fool them into coming here on the way to Notre Dame or a stroll on the Seine.
I had a lot of coffee in my brief visit to Paris, but this was the best.
What a wonderful, quaint coffee shop. It was a rainy afternoon in Paris and our French friend took us to her favorite study/hangout spot.
The barista can come to your table, or if it's busy, you should go up to the counter to order. I ordered a latte. It had a nice froth on top and comes with Michel Cluizel chocolate. It's so cozy you can touch the people at the table next to you, but it was just such a great experience. The place has an organic and rustic feel; the atmosphere is none like I've had before. You just have to go there.
Sorry, but it puts Starbucks to shame. Just sayin.
Amazing latte just across the Seine from our apt. No syrups, no soya milk!! I'm lactose intolerant but never had a problem with their regular milk! :))) Their latte is super smooth and on the weaker side so get an extra shot. They roast their beans on site and this machine started smoking up the whole place and it smelled amazing. Service is top notch -- very friendly.
An awesome cafe in Paris. It's definitely one of the top espresso stops in a country where espresso is ubiquitous, but almost never great. They roast on site, and they are one of two cafes that use a Strada from La Marzocco.
The barista was quite pleasant, and knowledgable about coffees. The location is absolutely wonderful as well. The espresso is full bodied, and quite tasty. The drink was a touch hot, but the texture was great. The art was also quite nice.
I would definitely come back.
Best coffee shop we found in Paris. Brought beans with us back to the states. We will definitely return to this cafe on our next trip to Paris.
Simply the business as far as coffee is concerned in Paris, and the pioneer of the third wave coffee movement in Paris since 2005. Why?
°SINGLE ORIGIN ONLY
°La Marzocco FB80 3-group plus a baby GS3
°Mazzer grinders x 2
°Properly trained baristas
Gloria, who runs the place with her hubby Bernard is the Godmother of coffee in France and has been a WBC judge. Cafés like this where they roast on site are the future - and they started 5 years ago !
Service with a smile. Check.
Large armchairs in which to enjoy all the flavors of your cup of muddy love.
If you ask any questions, and sometimes not, expect to get schooled where you coffee comes from, the quality of the soil, roasting process, and the layers of flavors you should expect to taste. Check. Check. Check. Check. Check.
It's a little pricer than your average cuppa, but well worth going out of my way.
Yep. Bragging again :-)
Shona found a blog about "real coffee in Paris" - and when we were there we went and visited two of the places on the list as "the best". This certainly lived up to the hype. Small, really funky and homemade style vibe to the place, but clearly a temple of coffee, where they roast their own, they grind to order, and there's feck-all to eat (cheesecake or cupcakes served with coffee). What there is though, is 50+ varieties of coffee, served in all the nerd-tastic ways you could ever wish to try, complete with a degustation tasting of coffee if you really want to geek out. Excellent.
Expensive, but delicious coffee of the day. A great plant wall and a nice big window for people watching.
Having lived in Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles means that I expect a good cup of coffee. I think that Intelligentisa in LA, Four Barrel and Blue Bottle in San Francisco, and Vivace and Stumptown in Seattle pull a good shot.
We asked a bunch of people that have impeccable taste in coffee where to go in Paris and this is the place that was most highly recommended. We appreciated the knowledgable and friendly baristas and their care in making and presenting the coffee.
Unfortunately we did not like the beans that we purchased for making coffee at home. They were roasted too dark and the coffee tasted like burnt wood to me.
Bought coffee beans there to bring back to San Francisco. San Francsico is full of great coffee choices, but I would rank Caféothèque up there with the best. Really delicious coffee.
Being from New York I have always had amazing coffee options. You begin to take this for granted whenever you leave. Paris is full of coffee albeit not the best coffee. I was pleasantly surprised to find La Cafeotheque. I like how they concentrate on single origin coffees as well as roast onsite. You can really smell it from around the corner. It was also interesting to see so many coffees from uncommon parts of the world in terms of where you would normally think good coffee comes from.
User Channa G. puts it best as far as this charming little place is concerned. I just give it 4 stars because the stools at the bar are incredibly uncomfortable. I also don't like the register in one area and bar in the other. I am neurotic though. I need to pay first in almost all situations so it makes it kind of confusing.
fantastic passion toward coffee
really cool ambience
A latte Americans will appreciate. As you know, ordering a "cafe" in Paris usually gets you little more than a shot of espresso, which is fine and usually great! This was the only place other than Starbucks where I found a full sized latte. The building is very cool and old (If you want that ambiance) and it's right by the magnificent Hotel de Ville.
Cafeotheque is great. I had been looking for a great cup and I thought maybe the jet lag was affecting my taste cuz the coffee I was finding was from terrible to just okay. Coming here I found the coffee I was looking for. Very good beans brewed by very good baristas. They are also very knowledgeable, Gloria (the owner) is doing her hardest to lick start a coffee culture here and is very passionate about it. Thomas there, really knows his stuff and I have a feeling that he has a WBC title in his future. For the rest of my stay here in Paris, I will definitely be going here on the daily.
Fantastic coffee and a beautiful atmosphere. Went there twice during my last visit to Paris. It's a bit pricey but for me it was worth the money :) Would come back during my next visit.
A friend recommended this place and yes it has very good coffee. Espresso shots are served with a little chocolate. Hot chocolate was also super! Prices are more than that in US but this is Paris! Is it a lot better than a few places I like in the bay area? Maybe not! I was surprised that I have as good if not better coffee near my house (Chromatic coffee)!
A delightful cafe that takes their coffee very seriously. Such a great place to pass the time or stop in for a quick pick-me-up. We had a mocha and latte and both were superb. We also shared a piece of cheescake and, while I don't think it was made on site, it was delectable! I definitely recommend La Caféothèque!
After having multiple versions of what the French call a cup of coffee - or even a "cafe au lait", it was a nice change to find this coffee shop just outside Le Marais that offers up amazing lattes/cappucinos - using fancy Italian espresso machines. They go all out with the latte art as well - they do it right, here! You also get a small glass of water and a piece of chocolate served alongside your coffee which is a nice touch. The atmosphere is quite cozy and reminds you of coffee shops in the states... you don't feel rushed to drink your coffee in 3 sips and leave. I wish I hadn't discovered what a "cafe gourmand" is until after we had left... because I would've tried that for sure! It was the first place I'd seen cupcakes in Paris. If I was staying closer to this place, I think we would've gone in here every morning!
Actual coffee shops in paris are hard to come by. I love drinking an espresso at a café terrace but sometimes I really just want that coffee shop atmosphere and a high quality cappucino. This is the place. It's great to go in and sit and talk with a friend or read for a while. They have quite a bit of seating but it was fairly crowded the day I went. As far as I saw the barista was fairly friendly (especially for Paris) and the service was quick. They also have desserts and although I didn't try it the cheesecake looked delicious. If you are an american in paris a bit homesick for a real cup of coffee this is the place to go. They even roast their own beans and you can buy them whole or ground in the front of the shop. If I still lived in Paris this would definitely be a regular spot for me.
Solid espresso drinks, good selection of beans.
My first visit . . .
Their server told me where to sit. What? Can't I choose myself? What am I in some authoritarian country?
First interaction with the barista, he makes a McDonalds joke to my face because I'm American.
I decide to stay to try the coffee since I'm here already. I order an espresso. It tastes so acidic you can melt coins in it.
Is this the best Paris has to offer? I've never been to a city where the vast majority of places serves up low-quality coffee. It's a disgrace.
Anyone who gives this coffee cafe a one star review can't have been to the same place! We deliberately sought out this location, having researched great coffee in Paris before our trip, and consider ourselves discerning espresso drinkers.
We actually made four visits to this coffee shop during our week in Paris and each and every time were welcomed warmly, never told where to sit, and treated with respect. I do attempt my limited French, which I think is appreciated anywhere, but they also speak very passable English and don't mind doing so.
We ordered noisettes, which are the equivalent of macchiatos anywhere else - espresso sized servings with a dollop of foam and a dusting of chocolate. They were sheer silky perfection, with such care and attention taken to the artistic foam designs that my husband and I were very impressed.
It is interesting that prices here, and at other places in Paris, are less expensive if you sit at the bar, than at a table. Personally, we preferred the bar, where we could interact with the barrista and were very comfortable.
really fantastic coffee spot along the seine right by hôtel de ville. cute and rustic-looking inside. they were quite friendly, and my guatemalan espresso was delicious. more than what you'd pay for a cup of the typical parisian swill, but they buy fair-trade beans and support independent coffee-growers.
Paris is not really famous for having excellent coffee shops specially in the tourist spots it's sometimes a bit a challengeif you are in this area, give it a try!
La Caféothèque was mentioned on a German coffee board and so I tried it while I was in Paris. The cappuchino tasted like hot milk flavoured with a slight coffee taste...and the café was running through the coffee machine as there would be no tomorrow. 5EUR was even for Paris much over the top for this brown milk!
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