The natural light in here kills me! This is a good study place which welcomes laptops. It seems however that the laptops are regulated to the square wooden tables against the wall to the left of the store which is a pretty standard find in Parisian coffee shops Im noticing.
Definitely the selling point of this place is the vibe, with the mirrors large floor to ceiling windows in the front of the café, and the use of wood, speckled marble, and neutral colors the atmosphere is light and relaxing.
Things I've had:
Filtre, it's good. They get their coffee from KB which is another café in Paris. The filter was mellow but tangy.
So, if you're in Paris and you're into the coffee scene chances are you have heard of this tiny coffee shop on the outskirts of the Marais. The coffee shops history is a bit cool as it was once an old cobbling shop. It is today distinguished by its semi-iconic (at least in my opinion) yellow geometric shaped stool things that are placed like calling cards outside.
It's not a work space, as its tiny. I'd recommend if you're looking for good coffee be prepared to get it to-go as there may not be space. If you're not going alone and you get lucky to find space than casual chatting is welcome. I'm not sure I'd recommend this place if you're looking for a coffee shop to read leisurely in. There is Folks & Sparrow and Strada in this general neighborhood though that would be more suited for that. It's great if you need a pick-me-up caffeine to get yourself through the day of Marais wandering and shopping
Things I've had here:
+ Stellar coffee
- Cash only, small space
A bit of a fashion statement place as its featured in magazines like VOGUE and Comso and such, AKA be prepared for the prices. But its location inside a park next to Palais Royal and Yuzu & Honey makes it worth it. The venue is small with a strip of a bar and wooden stools; however, for the instagramers there is wall length mirror with make for good selfies.
Go in the summer or the spring if you are looking to sit at outside tables. It is housed in a park so there are also benches and those green park chairs to be found. This place isn't for studying but it is for reading. I go here on Sunday mornings to start my day with light reading and the Yuzu.
Things I've had here:
+CB accepted with an 8 euro minimum, try the Sable cookie if you're looking for something grainy and buttery or the cake of the day if you're looking for something heavier and sweet.
The Shakespeare & Company have expanded into the Café realm. This is not so much a whip out the laptop and start working place as it is a I want a coffee, possibly some overpriced (but good) Chia pudding and to decompress for a few beats before hitting the Parisian pavements again.
Definitely a touristy (but HIP) vibe to it, which is natural as they are located right next door to a tourist location. But if you're looking for a place that has decent food and a solid latte than why not stop in here to start the book you just bought from Shakespeare & Company.
Things I've had:
-Not a work space, touristy
On a quite street in one of my favorite districts in Paris, Bastille area, is this gem. I stumbled upon this accidentally after discovering that Merci was too full in the late-afternoon to feel comfortable studying in.
The vibe here is very West-Side Los Angeles and by that I mean it is quiet and calm like a coffee shop you'd find on Main Street in Santa Monica or Profetta Espresso in Westwood (on a Sunday).
The hot chocolate is rich, thick, and not too sweet. Overly sweet hot chocolate just misses the point of hot chocolate I think.
Go anytime really if you're looking for a quite place to study/read.
+They take CBs.
- There are no outlets.
This place is quirky. The decorations are colorful and the tables rustic looking. The combination of the two of these decorative aspects makes the coffee shop feel light, playful, and shabby chic.
They start making lunch as soon as they open (10am) and then you simply have to sit with the pleasant waft of savory delicious things in the process of being cooked.
The unique thing about this place is the steamed milk. Now, you may be thinking, this happens at all coffee shops. Well not the way Soul Kitchen does it, they softly boil their milk with freshly and thinly ground hazelnuts and those two things boil together. The result is a soft and warm frothy milk with a naturally sweet hazelnut base and it is superb. Likewise, their hot chocolate is brought to boil and made with chocolate shavings until the mixture of the two is frothy, thick, and velvety smooth.
I'd recommend going here in the morning for the Hazelnut Milk or Hot Chocolate, skip the breakfast and wait around until the Mac-n-Cheese soup/casserole is done.
- No wifi