Prendre un petit café. Meeting new and old contacts for coffee is a way of life here; as is sitting solo with a coffee while people-watching for hours. It's a wonder then that most petit cafés are little more than mediocre. Since I'm someone who enjoys coffee for its taste (and not quite as much for its caffeine--I generally prefer green tea in the morning), I've spent the past few months seeking good coffee spots for studying, socializing, and on the rare-but-appreciated occasion, people-watching. Here are my favorite places thus far:
Grinding your own beans isn't as much a thing in Paris as it is, say, in Portland, but it is most definitely first priority at La Caféoth. This multi-room "homey, rustic, classy former-hipser-who-has-kids-and-a-job" café sells a plethora of coffee directly from small producers and serves nearly any well-crafted coffee drink you desire. According to a friend of mine who quedescribed it as such, they also serve a great cheesecake.
I can only speak to last Wednesday's café du jour in the form of une noisette though... and it was amazing. La Caféoth was the perfect environment to get ahead on schoolwork after spending the morning in central Paris. Though the lack of wi-fi may be a deterrent for some, I actually appreciated the lack of distraction it brings. It made for a very productive two hours; so much so, that I didn't feel the least bit guilty when a first meeting with queAnna turned into seemingly endless conversation. She's the coolest, by the way.Onto the next! A few weeks ago, after arriving back, I made plans to catch up with Lara. We met at Opéra (a halfway point between our apartments) and, by chance, wandered up Boulevard Haussmann, into Printemps, and up to the top floor. We were happily surprised to find that not only did Brasserie Printemps serve a delicious cup of coffee in a gorgeous environment, but also did so at a very reasonable price.
Coutume Café, for instance, is fantastic, but you pay for such quality and expertise. The same goes for the wonderful KBCafeShop. Even still, I'll admit, I can hardly help but frequent them more than my budget would like.
Le Bal Café are phenomenal, I simply cannot enjoy them often. If I were to try, the rest of my money would most certainly go towards their incredible scones and, on Sundays, fabulous British brunch (see below).