Today I want to introduce you to one of my favourite spots for specialty coffee in Paris – Café Loustic. Loustic is a charming little espresso bar found in the 3rd arrondissement, a short stroll away from the Pompidou Centre. As well as amazing coffee, they also serve some pastries, snacks, cakes and small lunches.
It’s a personal favourite of mine and not just because it’s now my local coffee shop – which, may I add, is no coincidence. Does anyone else base where they live on the availability of good coffee shops nearby?! Anyway, I’ve been going to Café Loustic since I first discovered it during a visit to Paris in 2013. And guess what – they’ve never, ever, made me a bad cup of coffee.
Why they’re a favourite when it comes to specialty coffee in Paris
Café Loustic’s consistency is second to none. You can watch the barista weighing the coffee grains before they get filtered to ensure they have the perfect amount, and see the precision with which they pour the milk over the top. Specialty coffee in Paris at its best!
Its location is kind of perfect too. Despite being on one of those incredibly charming but dark, narrow streets lined with crooked 17th century apartments in the Marais – Loustic still manages to catch the sun every morning. On a nice day, the front windows fold back to open the café onto the street, creating a lovely, summery atmosphere.
Then there’s the décor. When I asked where to find a floor lamp similar to theirs, owner Channa broke the news that their décor is all bespoke. It makes total sense. What would normally be quite a small and narrow space actually feels really open and big. From the long cushioned bench that’s broken up with incredibly convenient little octagonal-shaped tables that never seem to get in the way, to the curved walls, comfy chairs and retro lamps that I’ve fallen in love with. Everything was handmade especially for Loustic by interior designer Dorothée Meilichzon.
Why I’m recommending Café Loustic
- Their friendly service;
- Their location in the Marais, off the beaten path;
- How much love and attention they give to every single cup of coffee;
- The consistency;
- They’re also laptop-friendly during the week, with free wifi
If you’re looking for a specialty coffee in Paris, be sure to check them out. To get extra brownie points (and sound très Parisian) ask for a ‘Café Crème’ rather than a Flat White.
Oh, my dog Slinky is also obsessed with the café. Every time we walk past, she drags me to the door, sits, and refuses to walk any further. Even on her midnight walks….
Loustic use a specialty coffee roaster based in Antwerp, Belgium – Caffènation. Their beans are also for sale in the café for €10 per bag. If you don’t have a grinder at home, just ask the staff to grind the beans for you.
- Address: 40 Rue Chapon, 75003 (3rd arrondissement)
- Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-6pm; Sat 9:30am-6pm & Sun 10am-6pm
- Metro: Arts et Métiers (3, 11); Rambuteau (11)
- Website: http://www.cafeloustic.com/
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- A Berry delicious brunch at Café Berry