Looking for cute cafes in Paris to check out on your next trip? You’re going to love this list! Sitting at a cafe in Paris with a croissant and an Expresso is hands down the best way to enjoy this beautiful city. People always ask me what they shouldn’t miss in Paris and my answer is always the same: find a charming Parisian cafe, sit on the “Terrasse” and soak in everything that makes Paris so unique. It’s true that Paris has some of the most famous landmarks in Europe, but you can’t experience the soul of the city if you skip the charming cafes. Cafes are quintessential Paris: you will often see locals sit on the patios outside year round and catch up over a cup of coffee. The best part is cafes in Paris are not just for coffee, so if you get hungry for a quick bite, most of these cute cafes also offer yummy food options.
There are literally hundreds of cute cafes in Paris so your options are endless, but I have put together a list of my absolute favorite Parisian cafes. Some of these pretty cafes are very well known and others are hidden gems only locals really know about! So grab a cafe creme and a delicious pastry, and enjoy the people watching experience. Don’t forget to snap a pretty picture of these oh so Instagrammable Parisian cafes!
Here’s my list of 20 super cute cafes in Paris…
Café des 2 Moulins
One of the prettiest cafes in Paris is the famous Café des 2 Moulins in Montmartre. Taking its name from the two nearby windmills (at Moulin Rouge and Moulin de la Galette), this cute café sits at the corner of Rue Lepic and Rue Cauchois. Its great location allows for excellent people-watching on this busy corner of Montmartre.
Café des 2 Moulins is famous in Paris as it was notably featured in the movie Amélie and is a popular destination for visitors. It is one of the most Instagrammable locations in Montmartre with its distinctive red awnings and Parisian outdoor sidewalk seating. If you take a Montmartre walking tour, you might meet your guide at Café des 2 Moulins for the start of your tour. It is the perfect spot to enjoy a typical French breakfast while seated outdoors and enjoy both the delicious croissants and the Parisian atmosphere.
The café has a reputation for having “quirky” staff, as many staff members emulate the idiosyncratic demeanor of the title character of Amélie. Lesley from Freedom56Travel had a pretty fun experience there: “We were vastly entertained by a passionate argument between a staff member and our tour guide that erupted when our tour guide took our photo in front of the café. We’re still not sure if this eccentric behavior was real or staged for our benefit!”
Where to find it: 15 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, France
Maison Sauvage is a cafe restaurant in Paris located in Saint Germain-des-Prés. Maison Sauvage is one of the most Instagrammable cafes in the city thanks to its jaw dropping flower facade. The flowers change every few months so the cafe never looks quite the same!
Dozens of woven baskets full of beautiful flowers hang from the walls and ceiling. Grab a basket of croissants and pains au chocolat with a delicious honey latte, and enjoy the pretty terrasse. Maison Sauvage deserves a high spot on the list of cute cafes in Paris!
Where to find it: 5 Rue de Buci, 75006 Paris, France
Photo credit: Imperfect Idealist
A La Bonne Franquette
A La Bonne Franquette is a pretty Parisian cafe located in one of the historic arrondissements – Montmartre. Montmartre is home of many pretty cafes and is one of the most popular photo spots in Paris. With a vibrant outdoors seating, and a colorful decor which almost looks quaint house actually serves the best brunch food.
Just like its name, A La Bonne Franquette (which means home cooked meal) the menu items are prepared using local grown vegetables from France. You can also order wine and coffee, to go with your meal. Menu items are moderately priced. The cozy interiors is what will mesmerize you at this restaurant.
After you have explored Montmartre, head to the corner of Rue des Saules to A La Bonne Franquette, and enjoy a delicious meal.It is situated just 2 minutes away from the popular Place du Tertre.
Where to find it: 18 Rue Saint-Rustique, 75018 Paris, France
A visit to Marais is a must on your Paris Itinerary. Le Marais is the trendy neighbourhood of Paris – on the 4th arrondissement. It filled with nightclubs, international and French restaurants and bars. One of the prettiest cafes in Le Marais is the postcard perfect Parisian cafe Le Progres.
Le Progres is a casual bar and a restaurant. It is perfect for those who wish to grab a drink or two, and hang out with friends. Baked items are available in the menu, and pretty much has any and all of the Parisian popular items. The menu items are decently priced – mid-range to high end (especially wine).
Le Progres restaurants are also located in Montmartre, and they are great for cozy evenings, with light dinner, wine and great company, sitting outdoors.
Where to find it: 7 Rue des Trois Frères, 75018 Paris, France
La Closerie Des Lilas
La Closerie Des Lilas, which translates to enclosed in lilacs, is tucked behind lush greenery on a corner in Paris’s Montparnasse neighborhood. While the interior boasts vintage mosaic flooring and faux leather seats, the iconic enclosed terrace offers an escape. Completely shaded and covered in growing plants, the terrace is an ideal spot to grab a cafe and pastry. Their desserts are to die for and the cafe offers a full menu as well.
La Closerie Des Lilas is more than another pretty Paris cafe, though. Over 100 years old, it’s full of rich history as one of the city’s famous literary cafes. Due to its proximity to popular 19th century dance clubs, the walls were once frequented by Emile Zola, Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Baudelaire, and Ernest Hemmingway, who penned part of The Sun Also Rises from its tables. Hemmingway said of the cafe, “the only decent café in our neighborhood was La Closerie des Lilas, and it was one of the best cafes in Paris.”
Today, the cafe has preserved must of the spirit and aesthetic of the nostalgic Parisian past. Even if you only have only a few days to spend in Paris, make time to visit this one of a kind cafe.
Where to find it: 171 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
Treize Au Jardin
Conveniently located across from the Luxembourg Gardens, Treize au Jardin is an Instagrammable Paris cafe with a unique backstory. South Carolina expat Laurel Sanderson opened Treize (French for “baker’s dozen”) to share her love of down home cooking in a city revered for haute cuisine.
Eating American Southern food may seem like an unusual thing to do in Paris. But with specials like blueberry peach pancakes and vegan kale salad, it’s a refreshing break from the typical petit dejeuner. And with fluent English-speaking staff, you can give your French a rest as well!
Treize has two beautiful seating areas. Inside, the cafe is cozy and welcoming, with a stunning tiled ceiling and drapey chandeliers. In the warmer months, you can enjoy your meal on the front terrace surrounded by flowers, succulents, and country garden decor. Like most pretty Paris cafes, it’s best to arrive early or late in order to avoid a long queue.
Where to find it: 5 rue de Medicis 75006 Paris, France
Les Deux Magots
Les Deux Magots is a historic café located in the 6thArrondissement of Paris, more precisely in the neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Près. This pretty Parisian cafe is located on the corner of the picturesque Place Saint Germain des Près, facing the remains of the medieval abbey of Saint -Germain-des-Près while the main façade faces the busy Boulevard Saint-Germain.
This café is world-known for being one of Hemingway’s favorite cafes during his stay in Paris and he mentions it several times in his novel Moveable Feast. Hemingway liked to work at Les Deux Magots and he used to order an aperitif, open his journal, and begin to write.
This café has not changed much since Hemingway’s times – only prices have risen with its fame -, and it is today one of the must-stops of any Hemingway in Paris walking tour. It serves breakfast (there is even a Hemingway’s breakfast), lunch and dinner and of course coffee and other drinks.
Les Deux Magots is an excellent place to sit on the sun for a coffee and people watching and despite its incredible prices, it is always full. This café is the perfect place to get the feel of those incredible roaring twenties in Paris.
Where to find it: 6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris
Odette is a cafe and pastry shop located a few minutes away from Ile de la Cite in Saint Michel. Odette is one of my favorite cute cafes in Paris because it also makes for the perfect photo spot.
Odette is famous for their adorable choux à la crème (cream puffs) that they offer in many different flavors! Odette also has a pretty little terarsse with a few tables facing Notre Dame de Paris. It’s the perfect spot to take a coffee break and delight in a few cream puffs. You’ll struggle to choose which flavor to try!
Where to find it: 77 Rue Galande, 75005 Paris, France
Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole
This Instagram famous cafe is arguably the prettiest cafe in Paris during Spring: the facade is covered in purple wisteria, matching the adorable purple tables on the terrasse. Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole is a street away from Notre Dame. The area right around the Cathedral is currently closed as they are re-building after the Notre Dame fire . That said, Ile de La Cite is still totally worth a walk and there is nowhere better to stop for a glass of Rose than Le Vieux Paris d’Arcole.
Where to find it: 24 Rue Chanoinesse, 75004 Paris, France
La Maison Rose
La Maison Rose in Montmartre is such a cute Parisian cafe, it landed on every list for Most Instagrammable places in the city. The pastel pink house with cute green shutters sits at the corner of Rue de l’Abreuvoir in the heart of Montmartre. All the dishes served at La Maison Rose are house made, with an emphasis on farm to table cuisine. Come for a delicious lunch or enjoy a crepe and a coffee on the pretty terrasse. There are many cute cafes in Paris, but this one is definitely worth a visit!
Where to find it: 2 Rue de l’Abreuvoir, 75018 Paris
Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley is an Instagrammer’s dream… seriously this hidden gem is one of the prettiest cafes in Paris. This adorable little tea shop is tucked in Le Marais and mostly frequented by locals. Lily of the Valley has a big selection of teas and delicious gluten free patisseries. The ceiling inside is full of hanging plants and is reminiscing of the popular London floral cafes (minus the massive lines). Everything is served in delicate porcelain tea sets. We’re slightly obsessed with this pretty place.
Where to find it: 12 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Paris
Photo credit: Imperfect Idealist
The beautiful Café Pouchkine is known for bringing a bit of Russian tradition to Paris, and its incredible menu, stunning interior, and macarons (considered by many to be some of the best in Paris!) all make it worth a stop when exploring all the best cafés in Paris.
Though Café Pouchkine has two locations in Paris, consider visiting the one at 16 Place de la Madeleine to experience the stunning interiors that the café is known for (if you want a snack, though, the second location on Boulevard Haussman isn’t a bad option, either).
If you’d like to enjoy a meal at Café Pouchkine, it’s best to make reservations in advance, but if you simply want to admire the famous bakery located on the first floor or have a cup of coffee and dessert at one of the traditional café tables located outside, feel free to stop by whenever is convenient throughout your Paris itinerary.
Where to find it: 16 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris
Au Rocher de Cancale
The baby blue and gold facade of Au Rocher de Cancale makes this pretty Parisian cafe unique. The beautiful terrasse on the busy Rue Montorgueuil is the perfect people watching spot. So order a hot chocolate or a cafe noisette and feel like a true Parisian!
Where to find it: 78 Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris
Photo credit: Imperfect Idealist
Le Consulat is the quintessential Parisian cafe and a Montmartre institution. If you are looking for authentic cute cafes in Paris, don’t miss this one. Le Consulat is hands down one of the most Instagrammable spots in Paris. This little bistro is the perfect spot to people watch in Montmartre while sipping a glass of wine. They also served typical Parisian fares but come early if you plan on grabbing lunch as the places gets pretty packed.
Where to find it: 18 Rue Norvins, 75018 Paris, France
Cafe Kitsuné is a tiny cafe-bar-restaurant located right near the Palais Royal gardens, by the Comédie-Française theatre. Famous for its delicious matcha latté, it has become a bit of an Instagram mecca. Out of all the cute cafes in Paris, Cafe Kitsuné is definitely worth a stop on your way to the columns of Burrens, Palais Royal and the Louvres. Don’t forget to snag the famous shot holding their Instagrammable cup.
Where to find it: 51 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris
Cafe de Flore
Cafe the Flore is an iconic Parisian cafe. Popular with influencers, it is usually packed with tourists and locals alike. But before Cafe de Flore graced our Instagram feeds, it was the favorite hangout of many famous writers and philosophers. Make sure you sit on the patio on a nice day and try the famous hot chocolate.
Where to find it: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris
Peonies is the first coffee and flower shop concept in Paris. In Spring and Summer, this adorable cafe is full of pastel peonies. Serving yummy lattes and mouthwatering avocado toasts, Peonies is a hidden gem in the 10th arrondissement. A great find if you’re on the hunt for cute cafes in Paris!
Where to find it: 81 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris
Angelina is a Parisian Institution and supposedly serves the best hot chocolate in all of Paris. Located on Rue de Rivoli, Angelina is the perfect stop for exquisite pastries. With a classic and sophisticated decor, Angelina is one of the most beautiful cafes in Paris.
Where to find it: 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Photo Credits: @angelina_paris Instagram and The Travelling Stomach
Le Cafe Boheme
Cafe Boheme is simply gorgeous. Located in Montparnasse in the theater district, this boho chic cafe is entirely decorated with dried flowers and serves the most colorful dishes. I highly recommend coming for brunch and ordering a few dishes to share.
Where to find it: 19 Boulevard Edgar Quinet, 75014 Paris
Shakespeare and Co.
The Shakespeare and Co. bookstore is a Parisian literary institution and probably one of the most famous bookstores in the world. But many people don’t know that Shakespeare and Co. also has an adorable coffee shop next door with a pretty little terrasse. The literary vibe carries over to this pretty cafe with shelves full of old books and a handwritten menu. Shakespeare and Company is really close to Notre Dame and Place St Michel, and the perfect place to stop and grab a coffee when exploring this famous area. It is particularly gorgeous in the Spring, when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.
Where to find it: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
Photo Credit: Office Escape Artist