I’m a bit of a coffee kook. Far from a connoisseur, I just enjoy a great cappuccino, café au lait, café con leche etc….. I don’t drink coffee at home as I enjoy the art of “going out for coffee” almost as much as the coffee itself. I know when its good (in my opinion) or not, that’s it. I am quite obsessed as I recently realised when counting how many café’s (coffee shop in French 😉 ) that I had tested and approved in Paris (21 to this day !). Considering I only go to Paris a couple of times of year…. For that reason, if you should see any café’s here that are closed, please let me know !
CLOSE TO HOME (Northern Spain, Basque Country, Béarn)
Sakona San Sebastian, SPAIN : I try to get to San Sebastian every couple of months and if its been that long since I’ve had a decent coffee, this place (and the next on the list) gives me much joy ! The coffee is served with flair (on wooden boards with a glass of water) and the atmosphere is great. The owner Javier Garcia Funez won Spanish Barista championship in 2009 and they roast their own coffee in the nearby city of IRUN on the French border.
Old Town Coffee San Sebastian, SPAIN
Beanz Pau, FRANCE
La Torref’ Anglet, FRANCE : Also a roaster and just a lovely couple that own this place!
PARIS (by arrondissement)
Frenchie to go 2ème : Located on the delicious Rue du Nil, there is also a Frenchie Restaurant and Wine Bar nearby. I recommend the pricey but worth it version of an egg McMuffin !
Loustic 3ème : Nice comfy room in the back.
Caféotheque 4ème : Beautiful space with lots of room in many rooms. BUT a bit over-priced and the service can vary but great coffee so if you are in the neighbourhood….
Le peleton 4ème
Yellow Tucan 4ème : One of my new fave’s on the edge of the Marais district.
Coutume 7ème : On of the first of its kind in Paris and still one of the best.
Printemps du gout 9ème
On the 7th (and 8th) floor of the Department store “Printemps Homme” is this recently opened fancy pancy food halls, a bit like at the Bon Marché. Great for roaming around and drooling over the expensive fine grocery items. Café Lomi18 is present in what may be the great coffee with the BEST VIEW in Paris…. Check it out 🙂
Ten Belle’s 10ème : Very small, try Ten Belles Bread for the same coffee but in an easier space to enjoy it !
Café craft 10ème : Nice place for breakfast.
Hollybelly 10ème : Great atmosphere but victim of their success and hard to get a table sometimes. I don’t like lining up for a coffee. Great for breakfast.
Blackburn café 10ème
Radio days 10ème : One of my husbands faves.
Ten Belle’s bread 11ème : Add pretty amazing bread and baked goods to the delicious coffee.
Spoune 11ème : Other than the cocoa powder panda sprinkled on the top of my coffee (not a fan of cocoa on cappuccino) very nice coffee.
Mokonuts 11ème : BIG time on my list to also have lunch here one day !
Cafe oberkampf 11ème
Cafe mericourt 11eme : Little sister of Café Oberkampf. Try the breakfast sandwich !
Kopi cream 11ème : Say hi to Mimi the little dog whilst sipping your delicious café.
Café lomi 18ème
Sylon 18ème : They get my vote for the lovely decor.
Soul kitchen 18ème