So, I stopped in here while on a day trip to Rouen in Normandy and I grabbed this which they called a Mocca Caramel Beurre Salé and I was like "well... that sounds amazing". Amazing it was not. It was good; but it tasted like it came from one of those hospital vending machines.
I don't know hardly anything about the Normandy coffee scene but I heard good things about the French Coffee Shop and Citizen Shop. I did run in to a place called Social Perk which is modeled on the Friends coffee shop called Central Perk. Really it's quite something and has a very comfy college kid vibe. So should you find yourself in Rouen, Normandy my advice is to skip Café Dessiné And head to Social Perk it's quite the experience.
+CB accepted; CB is also accepted at Social Perk.
I started going here because it's about a seven minute walk from the house of the kids that I watch. I then discovered their granola + fromage blanche and am now quite positively hooked.
The atmosphere is very chill, laptops are allowed but only at the four tables to the left side of the room. (There are signs.) While they serve delicious smelling food (*cough* try the huge quiche *cough* it comes with a salad *cough* ) you do feel that it is a coffee shop first and foremost. There is a friendly bilingual staff. The walls are tiled with small black squares which gives off a cool sort of gallery like vibe.
Now for the drinks I've had here:
+CB accepted, free wifi
This place is my go to get-work-done space. I have started coming on Friday's because this is when the weekend starts for me, meaning its the first day of doing the homework/lifework. This place for me is comforting because the esthetics are nice, white walls offset by the mellow dark yellow of the metal chairs and the intricate design of the tiled floors. The major reason I like coming here though is for the staff, they are nice and native English speakers so when I come in I get a "Hi" instead of a "Bonjour" which when you're an native English speaking expat living in France, you need sometimes.
Additionally they offer bike tours around Paris which I have heard great things about so that's cool.
Things I've had here:
+ Free wifi, nice people, ability to work on a laptop without feeling judged, outlets, english spoken.
-- Cash only.
The vibe here is very, let's brunch on a Sunday, and not so much, let's study. This isn't necessarily a bad thing and I did enjoy the dirty chai latte, but it wasn't particularly worth the 5€. Mostly that is because the chai and espresso wasn't as strong as I normally like them to be which made the drink taste like lightly spiced and blended warm milk.
Like most cafés in Paris Oberkampf is small, there are four tables and four stools in front of the windows. I suspect that I came at the lunch rush and is not typically this packed. But one did get the feeling that you ought to be eating with friends rather than reading.
Overall, with the plethora of hipster/indie-ish coffee shops in Paris, I'm not sure I'd go back to Oberkampf solely for the coffee or to study/read. Especially when in this general area there is Folks & Sparrows, Strada, and Boots.
+ CB accepted