When you have a crazy itinerary like my sister and I, there’s nothing more rewarding than resting your tired feet in a café and sipping a delicate cappuccino. Although, I’ve been told that Parisians do not really drink cappuccinos (most preferring a strong espresso). I don’t understand why because cappuccinos in Paris are amaaaazing! With their chocolaty taste, it warms my heart up like listening to Oh Wonder singing Midnight Moon.
While my sister has been to Paris a lot of times, owing to the fact that her husband is French, we discovered these cafés purely by chance. I guess there are many secrets in Paris that even a seasoned Paris traveler or Parisian have not uncovered yet.
Going back to the task at hand… Here are the four cafés in Paris worth visiting!
A hidden café in a refurbished warehouse in Le Marais, l’improbable interior features mismatched furniture, hanging wall plants, re-purposed crates, vintage posters and a food truck.
Warm service by three girls who are also assembling chairs, Ikea style. Cheers for girl power!
While they do serve coffee, I decided to get a lemonade and one of their huge chocolate chip cookies. Their lemonade is not what I expected at all! It’s called limonade, and is basically lemon sparkling soda. They offer various syrup flavors which you can mix with it though. I chose grenadine ’cause that’s the only one I’m familiar with.
L’improbable is located in 5 Rue des Guillemites, usually open from 12 noon to 11 in the evenings, except from Sunday to Wednesday when they open from 11 am until 9 pm.
La Baraque A.
On our way to Canal Saint-Martin for some Pink Flamingo Pizza, this weird pastel wonderland goodness caught our eye. Wanting some dessert to bring to our picnic, we decided to stop by.
It’s just as cute inside as it is on the exterior! French people really know how to style different patterns and colors, and make it look well curated. I especially liked the filing case cabinet with dozens of books stacked on top of each other. Plus, this café has a lovely cat just hanging out in the space all the time.
Isn’t this little kitty just the most adorable thing ever?
(That’s my sister and her husband. I’m pretty much their personal photographer.)
La Baraque A. is located in 31 Rue Juliette Dodu. Open from 8 am until 6 pm, except on Saturdays and Sundays when they open at 11 am to 5 pm.
Shakespeare & Company Café
After you browse through Shakespeare and Co., take your time to visit their café. They have picnic tables outside that’s perfect for big groups, or you can sit by the window and enjoy watching people pass by.
Menus are written on the mirror in front of the counter and on the hanging clipboards. Pretty cute handwriting! You can also easily browse their pastry and drink selections because they’re contained in glass cabinets.
The café also sells secondhand books, tote bags and some paper crafts.
Shakespeare & Co. Café is located in 37 Rue de la Bûcherie. Open everyday from 10 am to 11 pm. Hours on holidays may differ.
Lily of the Valley
Feels like an ordinary Parisian café on the outside… until you catch a sight of a garden hanging on the ceiling. Found it fascinating that the people who were running the place at that time were two guys, a sharp contrast to the women in the grungy warehouse café, l’improbable.
The kitschy fabric on the banquette and the curtain adds to the homey feeling… kind of like being in your grandmother’s living room. I think this is a perfect place for a girls’ afternoon tea or coffee. They also offer salad and quiche for those who are looking for a more substantial meal.
Lily of the Valley is located in Rue Dupetit-Thouars, open from 8:30 am until 6:30 pm from Mondays to Fridays and 11 am until 7 pm during the weekend.
If you think I missed featuring something or have any other suggestions, share and comment below! Would love to come back to Paris and visit them!