Coffee Break: Paris
I am a self-proclaimed coffee addict. I am always on the lookout for a good café, and have been to quite a lot of coffee shops over the years. Each city has its own unique coffee culture, and the Parisian café landscape has become one of my favorites.
I would consider myself a true New Yorker in the sense that I love my black coffee to-go, and you will often see me enter a room with a coffee in that paper cup and sleeve (I stay away from bodega coffee, though). Parisian cafés are the antithesis of this, valuing the slow sip of a drink while sitting to people watch. Whether alone or with others, coffee is meant to provide a break during the day, not just a jolt of caffeine to get you through it.
While in Paris, I had my share of quiet sit-downs and rushed caffeine runs, and I believe exploring coffee shops was one of the ways I got to know the city better. My coffee break series features a quick shortlist of the cafés and restaurants I would recommend on a whim's notice, in different cities. Unfortunately, I didn't document every café experience I had during my trip, so you could say this list is incomplete, but keep an eye out for another, more thorough list when I visit again in the near future. If you're ever around Paris one day looking for a good place to grab a warm drink, try this handful of places I enjoyed during my time here.
For a quick espresso break after a long walk.
For a chic pre-shopping latte (Maison Kitsuné, one of my favorite clothing boutiques in Paris, is right upstairs).
For those on-the-go (Paul also has locations in a couple of US cities).
And, for those who would rather have hot chocolate.
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