Places to Visit: Paris

Get a coffee, take an arm, and flâner along these embankments of slanted stone. 

Where to Get Coffee

*opening times may have been impacted by COVID


An illustration of La Caféothèque, Paris by Adrian Macho (seasidespirit) for Standart magazine.
La Caféothèque
52 Rue de l’Hôtel de ville

Considered by many to be Paris’s first specialty coffee shop, spacious yet cosy La Caféothèque transports visitors back across the coffee supply chain, with maps and infographics explaining various coffee origins on the walls, old jute bags lining the sofas, and the smell of coffee always in the air, carried over from the on-site roastery.

8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Illustration of La Fontaine de Belleville, Paris by Adrian Macho (seasidespirit) for Standart magazine.
La Fontaine de Belleville
31-33 Rue Juliette Dodu

In this cheery, casual, and very Parisian brasserie-café, you’ll find not only home-roasted coffee (the place is owned by the Belleville Brûlerie people), but also a good, frequently changing menu for lunch, wine, and beer in the evening, live jazz every Saturday, and a fun ambiance at any time of day. It’s also ideally located between the Belleville neighbourhood and the Canal Saint-Martin.

8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Illustration of Lomi, Paris by Adrian Macho (seasidespirit) for Standart magazine.
3 ter Rue Marcadet

Having expanded from a tiny roastery to a vast space that includes a coffee shop and training centre, Lomi still exudes a chill and laid-back vibe. With its brick walls and huge windows, it feels like a Brooklyn loft or workshop that fits in perfectly with its graffiti-clad surroundings.

Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


KB Caféshop
KB Caféshop
53 Avenue Trudaine

Featuring one of Paris’s best terraces and a stellar location, KB is one of the best places in Paris to sip an espresso in the sun. KB has also managed to maintain an ‘it-place’ vibe since opening in 2010 and develop a diverse selection of quality coffee, currently roasted at Beans on Fire (an- other competitor for the title of best terrace in the city).

Monday–Friday: 7:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
9 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.



Illustration of Terres de Café, Paris by Adrian Macho (seasidespirit) for Standart magazine.
Terres de Café
36 Rue des Blancs-Manteaux

Located at the heart of the historical Marais neighbourhood, Terres de Café has a stylish, Parisian-salon look, a vast array of coffees from which to choose (including capsules), and a very knowledgeable and friendly staff with whom you can chat over an espresso at their zinc bar.

Monday–Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
: 10 a.m. to 7. p.m.



Illustration of Coutume Institut, Paris by Adrian Macho (seasidespirit) for Standart magazine.
Coutume Institut
60 Rue des Écoles

Coutume means ‘custom’ in French, and this roastery and its six coffee shops offer an innovative take on tradition, with their laboratory-meets- Parisian-chic feel. While the historic location in Rue de Babylone is probably the best place to appreciate their coffee because it has the most brewing methods available, we prefer the luminous and minimalist Coutume Institut, located inside the Finnish Institute.

Tuesday–Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6. p.m.



Illustration of Hexagone Café, Paris by Adrian Macho (seasidespirit) for Standart magazine.
Hexagone Café
121 Rue du Château

Hexagone is both a great neighbourhood café and a classy place that offers consistently high-quality coffee. The place has a delicate, welcoming feel to it: a bright and luminous design, respectful and professional service, and French radio playing in the background. All this makes for an excellent escape from the hectic city centre.

Tuesday–Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6. p.m.


Illustration of La Café Alain Ducasse, Paris by Adrian Macho (seasidespirit) for Standart magazine.

La Café Alain Ducasse
12 Rue St Sabin

Michelin-starred chef Ducasse and his team turn coffee into a high-end experience through meticulous attention to detail, bringing specialty coffee into the world of French fine dining. With two beautiful coffee shops and a roastery, Ducasse offers a menu ranging from affordable blends to high-end coffees from Yemen and Réunion to original takes like a whiskey-style cascara. Drinks are prepared by a team of glove-clad cafeliers (coffee sommeliers) and accompanied by fresh madeleines or Ducasse chocolate.

8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
9 a.m. to 6. p.m.

Illustration of specialty coffee shops in Paris by Adrian Macho (seasidespirit) for Standart magazine.

12 hours in Paris

A quick guide to some of its best-kept secrets

You can easily spend a whole day exploring Belleville, sampling one of its numerous Vietnamese or dumpling restaurants (we recommend Ravioles Nord-Est), climbing up the lively Rue de Belleville, and stopping to take in the stunning panoramic view from beautiful Parc de Belleville.

One of the best ways to explore Paris is to flâner, which means to aimlessly stroll around the city. In addition to, like Walter Benjamin, exploring the city’s marvellous arcades (passages), you can go on a more hectic walk around Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, making a detour to Rue des Petites Écuries, where you can choose between Turkish, Kurdish, Italian, and Jamaican restaurants. If you prefer a calmer and greener stroll, head to the Coulée Verte, the inspiration for New-York’s high-line, wander the lesser-known, picturesque Rue des Cascades if you’re near Belleville, or go to the beautiful Rue des Thermopyles on the city’s left bank.

The Canals
Paris’s canals may not be the subject of romantic poems like the River Seine that feeds them, but they’re just as atmospheric. Spend a couple of hours strolling along the Canal Saint-Martin, stop for brunch at Holly Belly, coffee at Craft or Ten Bells, or a rum cocktail at Le Comptoir Général. Then, continue to the Canal de l’Ourq, where you can grab a beer, dip your feet, and watch the bar lights reflected in the cool water.

The Markets
The city’s luxurious department stores are beautiful, but oh so crowded! We prefer strolling the city’s outdoors markets. Marché d’Aligre is a food market dotted with wine bars and small cafés where you can sip mint tea and people-watch for hours. On weekend mornings, head to the Vernaison part of the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen flea market to admire gorgeous antiques you can’t afford and small picturesque alleyways.

Contemporary Art
Although rightfully known for its classical art museums, Paris also sports a fantastic contemporary art scene. Fondation Louis Vuitton’s architecture is worth a detour in its own right, as are its well-curated exhibitions. Fondation Cartier’s selection rarely disappoints, with an added bonus of a transparent exterior and a lovely garden. At the little-known Halle Saint-Pierre, you can discover the fascinating genre of ‘outsider art’, while it’s always a good idea to check what’s on at the Grand Palais.

Wine Bars
Paris also stands out for its fantastic wine bars. Some of our favourites are Le Comptoir du Canal, where you can savour high-quality cheese platters; Fulgurances-en Face for gastronomic plates to share; trendy La Cave de Belleville; and Le Baron Rouge for a surreal, old-times, all-day-drunk vibe and unbeatable prices.

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