My boyfriend: “Why have you booked and apartment in the 6th arrondissement if we cross the Seine and come to the 10th every day just to have coffee?”
Me: “Because in the 10th they have the best coffee, while the most beautiful buildings in Paris are in the 6th!”
And isn`t it true? You haven`t seen pure Parisian architectural beauty until you`ve walked the streets of the 6th arrondissement, just as you haven`t tasted pure coffee until you`ve had a cup at Ten Belles (my personal favourite), in the 10th. It`s as simple as that.
Talking about coffee (and other treats), here is a list of those places we totally fell in love with while in Paris:
Ten Belles | 10 rue de la Grange aux Belles, 10th arrondissement:
What I can say about the coffee they serve at Ten Belles is that it is absolutely amazing. I`ve never known coffee could taste so good. Just have a cup and everything will become a matter of before and after Ten Belles. 🙂
Coutume Café | 47 rue de Babylone, 7th arrondissement:
OK, their coffee was good and I particularly liked the laboratory air of the interior and tableware, but what actually impressed me was the food. The breakfast I had here was sensational: petals of roses on poached eggs on a layer of spinach on a savoury pancake on a sauce made of melted butter plus garlic? Wow!! The bowl granola was also extremely tasty.
Holy Belly | 19 rue Lucien Sampaix, 10th arrondissement:
Where should I start about Holy Belly? I wanted to go to this place ever since I read about it. It was basically mentioned everywhere and it was at the top of all lists made about the best places to have brunch and coffee in Paris. But, although there are also other places mentioned in these lists, none of them seemed to have such a human, transparent and totally honest approach as Holy Belly. Just read the story of this place and you will love it before even setting foot inside or having the first bite of their delicious food. Then go to Holy Belly`s website, facebook, instagram or to their personal websites and you will not only find info about the place, menu etc., but you will instantly feel that you simply love these people! And you will see how many others share the same feelings. And, lastly, when in Paris, go to see them, eat their food and drink their coffee (did I mention they use the same beans as Ten Belles?!). They will receive you as a friend, call you on your name when they come outside to tell you a table is finally free for you (yes, there is quite a waiting line, but can you blame anyone?) and you will almost not want to go away (but you`ll have to, as others are waiting and you want to be generous). The pancake plus fried egg plus pancake plus fried egg (yes, that much in one serving) – all sunk in a rich maple syrup and seasoned with various other goodies such as beans or mushrooms or bacon etc. – are to die for. Never before had I eaten such a consistent and tasty brunch! I just know I`ll never go to Paris again without paying a visit to Holy Belly.
Tuck Shop | 13 rue Lucien Sampaix, 10th arrondissement:
Le Pain Quotidien | 5 rue des Petits Champs, 1st arrondissement:
Du Pain et des Idées | 34 rue Yves Toudic, 10th arrondissement:
This is the place to pick up some very nice croissants, a pistachio escargot (to only name my favourite) or a pain au chocolat and then head towards the nearby Canal St. Martin, sit down by the water and enjoy your treat. There are many patisseries in Paris, but this one really stands out through the high quality of their products.
Pierre Hermé | 72 rue de Bonaparte, 6th arrondissement:
Are you still with me or you`ve run to the kitchen by now? 🙂 I kept Pierre Hermé for the end of this post to conclude in the sweetest way possible. This is definitely one of the best pastry shops in Paris (if not in the whole world) and I had to queue for 15 minutes to get a coffee tart, a tart au citron and a mille feuilles. My boyfriend ran out of the store after the first five minutes, as the people waiting in the line (both tourists and locals) looked so anxious to get their sweets , that you could actually feel a tension floating in the air. 🙂 Delicious everything, I will return!
I hope you will drop by to some of these places while visiting Paris. You will not regret it.