La Caféothèque

52 Rue de l'Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris, France
Average: 4.5 / 5 stars, based on 4 reviews.
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Delighted to find a Melbourne style cafe that is serious about coffee. Looks tiny from the outside but has a series of quirky rooms each with their own ambiance. We enjoyed great coffee on cosy lounges - lovely break from long walks to see the sights.

Big call but here goes… Best coffee in Paris. My espresso was delicious, one of the best I’ve had. Drop in after visiting Cathédrale Notre Dame.

Beans are roasted on site, and they have an excellent selection of single origins which they rotate daily. Good vibe to the place, though you will pay a little extra to have your coffee on premises.

I had a fantastic latte using an Ethiopian bean.

La Caféothèque’s recent expansion, which must have (at a minimum) tripled its capacity, is all the evidence you need to conclude that they’ve been doing just about everything right since opening in 2005, well before any of the other speciality coffee shops in Paris.

All of the beans are roasted on site, in three kilo batches, with a machine that sits just inside the original entrance on rue de l’Hôtel de Ville. You can of course buy them to take home and brew yourself, but with baristas like these, my own preference is to become acquainted with the wide array of single origins as they rotate daily at the bar.*

I have just one minor complaint, which is the surcharge for sitting down at a table instead of at the bar. It is a common practice in this city, but then again the same can be said of burnt, stale beans, and UHT milk. Among the new wave of speciality coffee purveyors in Paris, only la Caféothèque maintains such a distinction.

* For a small surcharge you can choose from the whole range of beans on offer instead of having to take the sélection du jour.

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