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Where To Get Australian-Grade Coffee In Paris

When it comes to coffee consumption while travelling, quality is one thing that should never be sacrificed.

Although we believe that good coffee is essential no matter where you are in the world, when it comes to adjusting to a new city’s time zone (especially while planning jam-packed days of sightseeing and exploring), starting the day with a great cup of coffee is absolutely non-negotiable.

Unfortunately, Paris hasn’t always had the best reputation when it comes to roasting beans. While known for its impeccable pastries, savory treats, and small takeaway items, high-quality coffee has remained rather low on most cafés’ priority lists – that is, until now.

Thankfully, Paris is finally seeing a renaissance in their world of caffeinated beverages, yet knowing where to go is key.

Looking to start your day off on the right foot? Check out these eight unmissable Paris cafés for finding Australian-grade roasts on your next jaunt to France. Because life’s too short to drink bad coffee.

La Fontaine de Belleville

Located just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Canal Saint-Martin sits La Fontaine de Belleville, one of the city’s best cafés for getting your caffeine fix on. All products used at La Fontaine de Belleville are sourced from local purveyors, and numerous vegetarian options are available.

For an unforgettable music-filled ambiance, stop by the café on Saturdays from 4:30-6:30PM for free live jazz concerts held on-site. Loved the coffee you drank? Snag a bag of beans to brew for yourself at home.

31-33 Rue Juliette Dodu

Matamata

Hidden amongst a slew of tourist traps just off rue Montorgueil lies Matamata, an authentic gem among Paris cafés. This Southern Hemisphere-inspired café was founded by two longtime friends who brewed up their business plan while on holiday in Australia.

Matamata roasts their beans from Café Lomi, which they serve alongside a handful of sweet and savoury Aussie-influenced snacks (hello, avocado toast). Cakes, snacks, and simple lunch items change regularly and are based on seasonally available ingredients.

The café is equipped with WiFi and has ample seating downstairs, though we recommend sticking around and chatting with the always smiling owners, Gael and Gérard (English and French spoken), who are eager to welcome you to their establishment. Grab a flat white and feel right at home.

58 Rue d’Argout

KB Coffee Roasters

‘Roasters, brewers, cake makers.’ Need we say more? Located on the corner of a picturesque place in the heart of Pigalle, this cosy coffee shop KB Coffee Roasters offers ideal people-watching experiences from both from inside the café and on the XL-sized terrace.

Grab your coffee to stay or simply take your beans to go (at-home coffee brewing equipment is also available for purchase). Smoothies, snacks and small sandwiches are also sold throughout the day.

53 Avenue Trudaine

Hexagone Café

Hexagone Café embodies the true heart of what it means to have a pause café. This quaint café in Paris’ residential 14th arrondissement proudly boasts a no-wifi sign upon entering for the sake of keeping the classic coffee shop ambiance alive and well.

Arrive with a book, a journal, or simply sit with your thoughts for a moment and disconnect from the bustle of the city around you. Homemade pound cakes and cookies are the perfect accompaniment to the café’s signature filter coffee, though we’re also suckers for their deliciously luscuious cappuccino.

121 Rue du Château

Comets Café & Disques

Image: Comets Café & Disques / Facebook

Old school music lovers, this one’s for you. Comets Café & Disques is tucked away on rue Léon Frot in Paris’ happening 11th arrondissement, though this coffee shop provides a serious refuge from the noise of the many surrounding bars and restaurants.

Homemade juices, flat whites and cold brew (a rarity in Paris) are served year-round, and their basic filter coffee is one of the best in Paris. Light indie rock emanates from the record player, and the consistent smell of freshly baked cakes fills the air. Gluten-free treats are also available, as are vegetarian quiches and lunch items.

Pop open your laptop and post-up on one of the many couches, or come with a friend and catch up at the communal ‘laptop-free’ table in the center of the space.

38 Rue Léon Frot

Nomade

Quasi café, quasi speakeasy style tattoo shop? That’s right. Located on the infamous rue Paul Bert, Nomade café’s ambiance is perhaps one of the chicest and most inviting in all of Paris. Plush couches, swinging chairs, and sleek golden accents line the room at this cozy 11th based café. Small patisseries, toasts, and pound cakes are available, though the coffee here is really the star of the show.

Wash your caffeine down with a hand-pressed orange juice or juice of the day, which changes daily. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, take a quick pop into Les Levres Rouges, the hidden tattoo shop located in the back corner of the café.

8 Rue Paul Bert

Mokonuts

Image: Vicki Denig

Aussie-grade coffee and the best cookies in Paris? Sign us up. Founded by Omar Koreitem and Moko Hirayama, Mokonuts is an unmissable stop for those with a serious sweet tooth. Grab a creamy noisette (that’s espresso with a dollop of steamed milk) and pair it with one of the café’s many homemade cookies, with options ranging from chocolate multigrain, miso sesame, tahini, peanut butter milk chocolate, and more.

For a savory snack, the labné tartine and sourdough English muffins are top choices. Refreshing hibiscus iced teas, orange blossom lemonade, and strawberry shiso juices are also available.

Lunch and dinner are served at Mokonuts Monday through Friday, though plan to make your reservation at least a couple of weeks out.

5 Rue Saint-Bernard

The Beans on Fire

‘Coffee played like jazz’ is the motto at The Beans on Fire, located on the corner of the neighborhood’s infamous garden park, Square Maurice Gardette. Beans are sourced from various locations around the world and are roasted on site to preserve maximum freshness.

The café hosts multiple hour-long roasting sessions for those looking to practice or perfect their own personal art of roasting. And for more serious coffee brewers, four to five-week-long apprentice sessions are also available. Best of all, Beans on Fire delivers to private homes and offices daily, making sipping Aussie-grade coffee as easy as ever.

7 Rue du Général Blaise

(Lead image: KB Roasters / supplied)

Published 02 March, 2020