Travelling can be exhausting. Whether it’s an early train ride to the next city or the third full day of touring the Louvre. Sometimes even non-coffee drinkers need a pick-me up in the form of that caffeinated nectar of the gods.
Ordering coffee in France can sometimes be a bit tricky for travelers. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll find yourself enjoying some of the best stuff on earth. Plus, it can be a rewarding way to make connections with locals. So here’s a brief overview of how to order coffee in Paris.
The coffee in Paris is pretty similar to coffee options in the US. The most common drinks are:
Cafe – Straight strong coffee – think italian espresso
Cafe Creme – Strong coffee with an equal amount of cream
Noisette – Cafe with just a drop of cream turn the coffee a lovely hazelnut color (Noisette means hazelnut)
Cafe Longee – French cafe with an equal amount of hot water added
Cappuccino – Espresso with steamed milk and lots of frothy foam on top
Latte – Espresso with steamed milk and a small amount of foam on top
French Press Coffee – This is your standard black coffee, but instead of using a drip coffee method, cafes in France commonly use a French Press.
If you’re dairy free, most cafes in France will have soy milk available and are happy to use it for any drink. Other dairy alternatives such as almond, coconut, and cashew milk are becoming more popular in specialty coffee shops.
Peloton Cafe – A fun a funky cafe where you can also rent bikes or book a bike tour around Paris (English speaking too!)
KB Cafeshop – There is a sit down cafe and these roasters also sell there coffee to other shops and restaurants around Paris (and France – I first tried their coffee in Bordeaux)
Caféothèque – Quaint little corner coffee shop, warm and cozy with yummy pastries too.
Madame Brasserie – Okay, this spot may not have the best coffee in Paris, but having breakfast overlooking the city from the Eiffel Tower is pretty spectacular.
Sitting in a cafe watching the world go by is one of the best experiences you can have in Paris. For just a few euros you become part of the cultural fabric of the city. If immersing yourself in the Parisian landscape is a dream of yours, let’s chat. Planning the perfect trip to Paris is my specialty, coffee shops and all. Book a spot on my calendar today – I can’t wait to hear about your Paris wishlist. Click here to schedule your call with me.
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