You can stand anywhere in Paris, throw a rock in a random direction, and probably hit a coffee shop or café. You’ll have no trouble finding coffee shops in Paris, but it’s a whole other thing entirely to be able to find a coffee shop that has decent WiFi that isn’t just a stale croissant hooked up to two metal cans. Ultimately, I had visited many, many coffee shops in Paris in search of a cool place to work. Unfortunately, the list is smaller than I’d like.
That’s because “cool” and “hipster” aren’t my only requirements. Since my work lives entirely online, I also look for reliable WiFi (which is surprisingly a tall order in Paris), a comfortable working space, outlets, and non-judgmental stares if I stay for a couple of hours. Oh, and good coffee because #coffeesnob. (Yeah, strangely, for as much coffee as French people drink, the coffee in Paris just isn’t good which explains why they dump loads of sugar into it.) Based on those criteria, below is the “Stephanie-approved” list of coffee shops where you can get work done, but also has a few other neat features.
1. Loustic Cafe
Loustic might possibly be my favorite coffee shop in Paris and may very well be the definition of a low-key, hipster coffee shop. I love it. This unassuming coffee shop is also open on Sundays, which is a bonus, because many businesses are closed on Sundays. It’s a bit dark inside, but it’s intimate and always smells heavenly due to the scones and various goods baked in-house. They also actually make good pour-over coffee and lattés. Loustic has a really laid-back environment, but it very quickly gets crowded with locals and tourists alike so get there before 1p.m. on most days.
- Location: 40 Rue Chapon, 75003 Paris, France (Click here to open map.)
- Hours: Closes at 6 p.m. most days
- WiFi: Good
- Coffee: Rawrsome
- Food: Get the biscuit/scone with jam and butter!
- Outlets: Yup
2. Hexagon Café
Hexagon Café is one of the rare third-wave craft coffee shops in Paris. The interior reminds me very much of a similar kind of coffee shop I’d find in San Francisco or Portland, with the hipster turned down considerably. (I’ll leave whether that’s good or bad up to you.) I happened upon Hexagon after a pleasant lunch at Le Creperie de Josseline, which was rated as one of the best crepe places in Paris.
It’s a nice place to knock out a few work tasks, but there isn’t a whole lot of space in there, just a few small tables and a bar along the windows. It’s really chill. I’d like it a lot more if they had outlets. Their pour-over coffee is decent at best, even though they roast their own beans (if I recall correctly). They don’t accept credit card unless you order 10 euro or more.
- Location: 121 Rue du Château, 75014 Paris, France (Click here to open map.)
- Hours: 8a.m. to 6p.m.; on weekends they open at 10a.m.
- WiFi: Works fine enough
- Coffee: S’ok
- Food: A few snacks
- Outlets: Nope
3. KB Coffee Shop
KB Coffee Shop only has that pop-up sign in the front, but it sits right at the corner and is evident by the huge throngs of people sitting outside enjoying their coffee. Based on my understanding, KB Coffee Shop is opened by Australians, so they serve a mean flat white (basically a small latté). Their pour-over was also one of the better cups of coffee in Paris. They have really tasty food and pastries, too, but sadly, the two times I was there their outlets were not working. Not sure if they did this intentionally, but that was kind of a bummer.
As a side note, they’re located really close to one of the best French restaurants called La Pantruche. They open for dinner at 7:30p.m., but are almost always booked. I lucked out and got a table outside by showing up at 7:25.
- Location: 53 Avenue Trudaine, 75009 Paris, France (Click here to view map.)
- Hours: 7:45a.m. to 6:30p.m.; on weekends they open at 9a.m.
- WiFi: Good
- Coffee: Yum!
- Food: Awesome!
- Outlets: They’re there, but didn’t work when I was there.
4. Hubsy Café
Okay, so I’ve never experienced a coworking coffee shop until I came to Hubsy Cafe. I later discovered that coworking coffee shops are pretty commonplace in Paris. I visited two of them, but ended up liking Hubsy better. A coworking space is ideal for nomads because what you’re paying for is the space, the internet, meeting rooms, tables, and unlimited access to coffee and snacks (toast, jam, butter, cereal, cookies, fruit, and cut veggies). You start by getting this card:
And pay by the hour. After a certain number of hours, you pay 20 euro for the whole day. There’s a special “Nomad” membership card you can get, which entitles you to a 15% discount when you use it.
The great thing about coworker coffee shops is that you know you can work there the whole day (they’re open until 10p.m.), have reliable WiFi, and have some basic nourishment to power you through the day. I know some people who just leave the coffee shop to get a real meal and come back, so you could totally do that, too.
The other coworking coffee shop that actually has more branches around Paris is Anticafe (which apparently has branches in other parts of Europe), but it’s a bit more pricey for the same stuff as Hubsy, and at least for the one I went to, the barista was very rude.
- Location: 41 Rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris, France (Click here to open map.)
- Hours: 9a.m. to 10p.m.; on weekends it’s 11a.m. to 8p.m.
- WiFi: Awesome
- Coffee: It’s okay, but unlimited coffee and tea are both a blessing and a curse.
- Food: All-you-can-eat snacks
- Outlets: Yes!
Kozy is aptly named. I mean, there’s no other way to really describe it. They have a solid offering of food along with okay coffee drinks. (All the coffee is from a machine so there’s no barista pulling actual shots or anything.) The WiFi can be spotty if you sit in certain spots, strangely enough, but when it does work the WiFi is good; and they have outlets.
- Location: 79 Avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris, France (Click here to open the map.)
- Hours: 9a.m. to 8p.m. but closes at 7p.m. on Sundays
- WiFi: Yep
- Coffee: Meh
- Food: Just snacks and not very good
- Outlets: Nope
6. 360 Café in Montparnasse Observatory
The 360 Café is on top of the only skyscraper in Paris: the Montparnasse Observatory. That said, it’s not the sort of coffee shop you would typically go to for just coffee. You go because you want to get arguably the best view of Paris (yes, better than being on top of the Eiffel Tower, albeit it’s a different experience), and so you have to pay an entrance fee of 15 euro per person. Once you’re up there, though, you can totally enjoy the view for as long as you want, and the best part is that there’s WiFi, food, drinks, and outlets.
- Location: 33 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris, France (Click here to open map.)
- Hours: 9:30a.m. to 11:30p.m. (though it closes a bit earlier on some days in winter)
- WiFi: Yep!
- Coffee: Meh
- Food: Yep
- Outlets: Yeah
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