If you are ever in the 7th arrondissement of Paris and need a break from touristy spots such as the Rodin Museum and Le Bon Marché, look no further than Coutume for a pick-me-up. This spacious place enjoys plenty of natural sunlight, giving it the feel of a Melbourne coffeehouse rather than a gloomy Parisian café.

Opened in 2011 by Frenchman Antoine Netien and his Australian partner Tom Clarke, Coutume isn’t only a café as they also roast their own beans and supply various restaurants, hotels and bars in the city. Regulars don’t only drop by for the specialty coffee; there is also their popular organic menu with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Brunch here can be a relaxing, detox affair (assuming that’s not an oxymoron).

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Located next to La Cité Internationale des Arts, an artists residence in the 4th arrondissement, La Caféothèque is considered a pioneer of specialty coffee scene in Paris. Here you may enjoy some of the best brews in the French capital with picturesque views of the Seine.

This café is a labour of love by Gloria Montenegro, a former Ambassador of Guatemala. Lamenting the lack of good coffee in her adopted city, she started her own café and roastery, and ultimately started her own movement.

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Café Lomi

We must have visited at least ten cafés in Paris (not traditional French cafés serving cups of dark roast but artisanal cafés serving specialty coffee) in the span of a few days. And of these ten, there was only one café which we returned to again, and that’s Café Lomi. Its location in the 18th arrondissement adds colour: here you may find the African district of Goutte d’Or and their ethnic market, Marché Barbès. No Gucci or Louis Vuitton shops here nor the wealthy Chinese…Continue Reading “Café Lomi, Paris”