Here, find our picks for the most charming French cafés and coffee shops where you can grab a cup, take a seat, and plan to linger.
Coffee ‘N Co, Île de Ré
La Flotte is one of Île de Ré’s oldest and most charming villages, with a sunny harbour, authentic atmosphere, and markets selling appetising local produce. Beside the Village’s medieval market, lies Coffee ‘N Co where the café crème is serious - beans are ground momentarily for the freshest taste this side of La Rochelle. The owner of this Cafe is extremely knowledgeable on the caffeine front - ask him to recommend you the best stove-pot so you can brew your own.
Cafe Marche, Nice
Tucked away down a charming cobblestone lane in the refined French Riverera Capital lies the hidden treasure that is Cafe Marche. This quaint and quintessentially French looking cafe serves local, fresh and seasonal food that is all homemade. With splendid coffee and a delicious, ever changing menu based on authentic produce, this unassuming cafe really is a must when visiting this fantastic city soaked in sunlight and sophistication.
Café Oberkampf, Paris
This tiny neighbourhood cafe is home to cozy corners and hushed chatter. The Café Oberkampf crowd consists of local coffee connoisseurs, freelancers, students and travelers, all paying a visit to linger over conversation or sit quietly and read or write whilst enjoying a cup of coffee made with beans from a rotating roster of french roasters. Try the filter, piccolo latte, or cappuccino; non-coffee-drinkers, the hot chocolate or chai latte.
Choopy’s Cupcakes and Coffee Shop, Antibes
Amongst the most popular cafes in Antibes is Choopy’s Cupcakes & Coffee Shop This cozy spot lies in the beating heart of this bustling town and offers an array of home baked cupcakes laced with brightly coloured icing and toppings. Their fresh bakery produce perfectly accompanies their delicious creamy coffee made with the finest freshly ground beans. There is an extensive list of hot drinks to choose from, all presented with delightful latte art.
A pastry chef opened La Durée in the 1800’s as a tea room selling macarons and pastries in Paris. They now have lots of branches over France, but the one in St Tropez is our favourite. Quaint and delicious, head here for an amazing cup of tea and a freshly baked croissant, and take away some of their delicious pastries to indulge in later in the day.
Boot Café, Paris
Set in a former cobbler's workshop, the aptly named Boot Café is a cozy coffee wonderland has an atmosphere that is authentic and bustling. Due to the fact that it only seats eight people there's often a line snaking around the shopfront for to-go cups. The general crowd that frequent Boot are a millenial and international cohort of coffee connoisseurs. They're here for pour overs by Chemex (versus already prepared filter coffee), flat whites, expertly pulled shots of espresso, and an indulgent hot chocolate.
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