Paris is all about indulgence, so here's our pick of the best places to treat your sweet tooth.
At Télescope Café it’s all about quality vs. quantity. In this coffee shop tucked-away in Paris’ Palais Royal neighbourhood, coffee connoisseurs and novices alike can savour the taste of some of the world’s best coffees. Whether you’re looking for a warm café crème to sip, the zing of a short espresso, or the evolving flavour of a filtered coffee, Télescope’s attention to detail and passion for the art of coffee makes this one of the best places to pause for a cup in Paris.
Télescope Café: 5 Rue Villedo, 75001 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4261 3314, www.telescopecafe.com
Metro: Pyramides, Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
Le Bal Café
Le Bal isn’t just a café, it is also an art gallery and a fabulous neighbourhood brunch spot. Tucked away in northern Paris, Le Bal offers fine roasted coffee from Café Lomi, as well as English teas and specialty sodas. With a distinct Franco-British atmosphere, Le Bal is a great place at which to absorb the charm of the surroundings while sipping a warm coffee. Take a break here after a day exploring the shops of Montmartre, enjoy the art on display in the gallery, or peruse their boutique full of unique art books.
Le Bal: 6 Impasse de la Défense, 75018 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4470 7551, en.le-bal.com
Metro: La Fourche, Place de Clichy
At Coutume Café on Paris’ posh left bank you will find both award-winning baristas and coffees from around the world. Coutume is the new age of coffee making in Paris, with their state-of-the-art in-house roasting machines and careful attention to their ecological impact. After a long day of shopping in Saint Germain’s iconic boutiques or the luxury department store Le Bon Marché, take a pause here over a perfect latte or a freshly roasted and brewed cup of filtered coffee.
Coutume Café, 47 Rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4551 5047, www.facebook.com/Coutume
Metro: Sèvres-Babylone, Saint-François Xavier
Patisseries and American style bakeries
No tea or coffee time is complete without a delightful pastry or sweet treat from one of Paris’ many world-class patisseries. While Paris is famous for its pastries such as macarons, mille-feuilles and financiers, the new wave of Parisian pastry chefs has different delights in mind. While the macaron will never lose its pastry throne, the Paris sweets scene is shifting its focus towards several American-inspired treats.
New bakeries around Paris are opening up with the tagline, American Bakery, meaning they produce things like the classic favourite, cupcakes. The cupcake trend has made its way around the world, and Parisians are finally getting a taste of this sweet, delectable treat.
Other bakeries are reinventing the French classics, such as choux à la crème, or cream puffs. With their light doughy exterior, freshly whipped cream interior and pretty coloured glaze, cream puffs are the perfect tea or coffee time accompaniment.
Here are some of our favourites...
Pierre Hermé, 39 Avenue de l'Opéra, 75002 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4354 4777
Du Pain et des Idées: 34 rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4240 4452, dupainetdesidees.com
Gontran Cherrier, 22 Rue Caulaincourt, 75008 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4606 8266, www.gontrancherrierboulanger.com
Popelini, 29 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4461 3144, popelini.com
Berko Cupcakes, 31 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4262 9412, www.berko.fr
Tea Room Ladurée: 16 Rue Royale, 75008 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4260 2179, www.laduree.com
Sébastien Gaudard: 22 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 7118 2470, sebastiengaudard.fr
Angelina: 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4260 8200, www.angelina-paris.fr
Eric Kayser: 8 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4407 0142, www.maison-kayser.com