Paris

My favourite spots in the Marais – Coffee places

Café Ob-la-di

It’s been a long time that I wanted to share my favourite spots in Paris with you. This will be the start of a new series, where I will regularly post some of my favourite spots, be it coffee places, restaurants or just nice locations to discover in the city. Today I’ll start off the series with with my favourite places to have a coffee in the Marais.

Ob-La-Di
54 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris

Café Ob-la-di
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It’s not only a well-known Beatles song but also one of the coffee hotspots of the Marais. You have probably already seen a detail shot of a great avocado toast with their iconic tiles on Instagram. Ob-La-Di is a little gem in the upper part of the Marais. It’s not one of the biggest places, but it stands out for the great interior design, the iconic blue-white tiles and great coffee. It’s one of the few Influencers hotspots of the Marais. They serve a great avocado toast and granola bowl. Quick reminder: they are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays, but open on Sundays. This one is high on my recommendation list.

Biglove Caffè
30 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris

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A new player in the neighbourhood. One of the latest creations of BigMamaGroup (known for OberMama, East Mama and another new hotspot Popolare) Biglove Caffé is an italian brunch and dinner spot. I never went there for dinner actually, but going there for a great pancake and coffee brunch should always be on your to-do list when you are in Paris. It tends to get very busy there for lunch and in the afternoon (they close at 15h30 and then open again at 19h), I recommend going there in the mornings when it’s a bit more quiet and you don’t have to wait to get a table. They also probably have to most instagramable food and tableware, so bring your phone or camera.

The Broken Arm
12 Rue Perrée, 75003 Paris

The perfect place to enjoy a sunny afternoon with great cooffée and food. Situated close the park “Square du Temple” The Broken Arm is a mix of a concept store for high fashion brands and café. The interior is bright and spacious and they also have a great terrace, on which you can enjoy the sunny summer days all afternoon long. (the last 2 weeks they were doing renovations, so I’ll post some new pics as soon as they re-open again.). Their food, coffee and fresh juices are always on point and it’s also one of my favourite spots for lunch, as the food is really good. They are usually closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Fondation Café
16 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Paris

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Fondation Café is another smaller coffee spot behind the Square du Temple. They offer great coffee (they get the beans from Brulerie Belleville) and a selection of sweets from Emperor Norton. They have a few tables inside, but on sunny days you probably gonna sit outside on their nice terrace  enjoying their famous “flat whites” and soaking up the sun. The only downside for this place is that they don’t have their own toilettes, so in case of “urgency” you have to go to one of the places next to them. They are open very day until 18h.

Lily of the Valley
12 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Paris

Lily of the Valley Paris

If you are a lover of tea and pastries then Lily of the Valley is your place to go. Behind the Square du Temple and just next to Foundation Café is a cute little place. You might not see it at first but you once you go inside you will be impressed. They are specialised in tea and also have very tasty selection of cakes and cookies. Their terrace is another great spot to soak up the sun during summer days. They tend to have an hour or two more sun than Fondation Café (where the building in front of it will throw a shadow on it in the late afternoon). They are open very day and in the weekends until 19h, which is another plus. 

Republique of Coffee
2 Boulevard Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris

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Republique of Coffee is another rather new spot in the neighbourhood. Their are located right off the Place de la Republiqué and feature a modern design with neon lights, vintage TVs and showing old video games, classic Eames chairs and a lot of space to enjoy your coffee and talk to your bff about the latest gossip. They are open every day and their big advantage is that they close at 19h. Most other coffee places close at 18h even during summer, which can be a bummer some times, when you just want to enjoy a late coffee with your friends.

Fragments
76 rue des Tournelles, 75003 Paris

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Fragments is an Insider tip, because it’s not one of the coffee places that you just stumble upon. It’s kind of hidden in a small street close to Place des Vosges, but on sunny days you probably always notice a crowd standing outside the café chatting and enjoying their coffees. The interior is a bit darker, but compared to Ob-La-Di or Fondation Café they have more space and choice. All their food is homemade and they also offer a great selection of coffee. They are open every day from 8am on (weekends from 10am) and prices are normal for parisian standards. It tends to get very busy there on weekends especially around brunch time. 

Boot Café
19 Rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003 Paris
Boot Café Paris

Boot Café is probably the tiniest café in Paris. Set up in an ancient shoe repair shop. Luckily they kept the old facade. The fact that their surface is quite small makes it rather a good spot to grab your to-go coffee. Maybe if you are lucky, you might get a spot at the 3 tables they have or even a chair outside, but don’t count on it. They offer a small selection of food like granola bowls, omelette and some pastries. Open 7/7 from 10h-18h 

This is the start of a series of hotspots in Paris. I’ll try to keep you updated about all the cool things that are happening in the city and share with you all my favourite spots.
If you know some other cool places in this area, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and share your findings with me!

xx
Kristi