Find the perfect cup of coffee with these eternally chic cafés hidden among Paris’ sprawling streets. You can forget your coat thanks to Paris’ alternative yet stylish options for staying in the warm this winter.
Located inside the second largest Hermès store in Paris, this café is built inside the once frequented pool of the nearby Lutetia Hotel. With its original tile walls and viewing galleries circling the interior, the store itself is an architectural feat. On the upper level, you'll find the first ever 30-seat Hermes café and tea house, Le Plongeoir, or the diving board, offering a bistro menu of club sandwiches, rare teas and homemade pastries served on an incredible selection of Hermes porcelain and silver spoons for all.
LUXOS Recommends: Afternoon tea and shopping
At the petite Télescope Café it's all about quality vs. quantity. In this tucked-away coffee shop 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 take a break in Paris.
LUXOS Recommends: A filtered coffee and a cookie
Opened just last year by coffee guru Chris Nielson, this café tucked away in the Marais is just as it's name says – a foundation of coffee, in Paris. The little café with a handful of tables outside offers hand-selected beans roasted to perfection and brewed or frothed with organic milk. Proudly, Fondation Café masters a Kees van der Westen Spirit coffee machine, which is the first of its kind in Paris. They also offer a range of teas, and plenty of education to help you choose the perfect beverage.
LUXOS Recommends: A strong espresso
Step into this temple to luxury inside the five-star Shangri La Hotel in Paris and you'll be transported to an exotic world in the Far East. La Bauhinia offers a daily tea service with influences from Asia and France, and is one of the most luxurious settings in the city to enjoy afternoon tea. On the menu, tea services like 'Tea Time Classic' and 'Tea for Two' or a Champagne-themed teatime come with an assortment of pastries and finger sandwiches, and an incredible array of rare and fine teas.
LUXOS Recommends: Afternoon Tea for Two in the lounge
In the heart of the 9th arrondissement, on a charming market-lined street, is this new tea salon, café and bakery, Marlette. Throughout the day, Marlette is open to those looking for a place to take a break with a nice treat and a warm coffee, or catching up on emails with their free Wi-Fi and comfortable chairs. Marlette also offers an extensive line of baking ingredients and ready-made mixes, after which the café is named. Head here for breakfast, lunch or for an afternoon pick me up, and enjoy a walk up to Montmartre after.
LUXOS Recommends: Tea and a pastry to go while walking
Rose Bakery Tea Room
Newly installed in the luxury left-bank department store Le Bon Marché is the new Rose Bakery Tea Room. A must-stop spot after a long day of shopping around the boutiques and luxury stores in the area, the tearoom serves specialty teas from around the world, as well as artisanal lemonades and freshly frothed lattés. Created in collaboration with Jean-Charles Carrarini, Rose Bakery Tea Room is all about fresh, natural ingredients and gourmet flavours, in a welcome, luxurious setting for all.
LUXOS Recommends: Shopping followed by a tea or coffee break