27 Jan Cute Cafes in Paris you will love!
Paris is a beautiful city, and it has plenty of stunning landmarks to admire! But truth be told, Paris wouldn’t be Paris without its charming cafes and restaurants! Therefore, I have decided to give you a list of cute cafes in Paris you will love! Would it be to sit at one of their tables on the terrace to enjoy a coffee and watch people, to get a bite to eat, or to simply take a photo in front of their cute façade, you must see these cafes!
Although you will find plenty of them in the streets of the French the capital, this is the list of the most instagrammable cafes in Paris. In fact, I wanted to make sure you wouldn’t miss any of the best ones 😉 ! As I am a Parisian, I added my local secret tips for you to enjoy these cute cafes at their best!
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Iconic cafes in Paris
Here are the most iconic cafes in Paris! These historical places are famous for a good reason! Discover them all below and read why you cannot miss these cute cafes in Paris!
La Maison Rose
La Maison Rose with pink walls and green shutters is one of the most instagrammable places in Montmartre! Located at the crossroads of the charming rue de l’Abreuvoir and the rue des Saules, this pretty cafe is an institution in Montmartre. It was built in the 1850’s and, believe it or not, it was already pink at the time! It used to be frequented by many painters. Actually, this is the paintings of Maurice Utrillo called “La Petite Maison Rose” which made it world famous in 1900!
You can also recognize La Maison Rose as one of the filming locations in the first season of the Netflix show Emily in Paris.
For all of these reasons La Maison Rose is one of the most instagrammable cafes in Paris! Plus, they have a lovely terrace. You will love it at first sight!
Location: La Maison Rose
My secret tip: if you want to take a picture of you in front of the restaurant, I recommend coming here early morning before it opens. The women owning the restaurant do not appreciate at all people taking photos. And she might not be very kind to you if she catches you doing it! Many of my friends got yelled at…
Odette is a pastry shop and a little café located in the 5th arrondissement close to Notre Dame Cathedral and the famous bookstore Shakespeare and Company.
Here the specialty is the choux à la crème. Their little cream puffs come with a great variety of flavors and colors: a real treat for your taste buds! The place is rather small, but they have a few tables on the terrace in front of it.
The façade of Odette is also one of the most photogenic ones in Paris, so of course it had to be part of this list of cute cafes in Paris!
Location: Odette Notre Dame
My secret tip: this street is rather quiet so it’s easy to take a photo here!
Café de Flore
Café de Flore is one of the most famous and most ancient cafes in Paris! Located in the district of St Germain des Prés, it’s one of the oldest coffeehouses in Paris as it was opened in the 1880s. In the past it was a popular hub for famous writers and philosophers, even Pablo Picasso was a regular! It’s still trendy nowadays: you probably remember it as one of the filming locations of Emily in Paris. And do not miss their hot chocolate: it’s one of the best ones in Paris!
Its green leafy decoration at the top and its typical Parisian style makes it very picturesque! The terrace and the interior are pleasant.
Location: Café de Flore
My secret tip: be patient if you want to sit at a table on the terrace, they are very popular!
Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole
Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole is a charming traditional French restaurant located on Île de la Cité close to Notre Dame. Built in 1512, it used to be a canon’s house, but it was turned into a wine bar in 1723.
Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole is one of the cutest cafes in Paris! In spring when the big wisteria is blooming on its façade it gets even better! It has impressive dimensions: 7 meters height over 22 meters length!
It’s very romantic inside too! And if you want you can sit at one of the cute purple tables in the front.
Location: Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole
My secret tip: the purple tables and chairs are always in front of the restaurant even when it’s not open. So, it’s easy to take a picture here before the opening if you want to be alone in the photo!
Le Consulat is a typical French cafe located in rue Norvins, one of the most touristic streets of Montmartre. Its traditional white and red façade is very picturesque and makes it one of the best photo spots in Montmartre! They have a little terrace in the front.
Location: Le Consulat
My secret tip: to take a photo without too much crowd or get a table at the terrace it’s better to come in the morning at the opening during the week.
Les Deux Magots
Les Deux Magots is one of the most iconic cafes in Paris! This historical place was already popular at the end of the 19th century amongst artists like Verlaine, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Louis Aragon, André Gide, Jean Giraudoux, Picasso, Fernand Léger, Prévert, or Hemingway.
This charming cafe is one of the best places to experience the Parisian life! You can enjoy it especially from the terrace.
Location: Les Deux Magots
My secret tips: be patient if you want to enjoy one of the tables on the terrace, they are very popular! On a side note, the hot chocolate of les Deux Magots is amazing, I recommend it!
La Bonne Franquette
La Bonne Franquette is a historical restaurant located in the heart of Montmartre. The building dates back from the 16th century. You cannot miss its beautiful green façade with vintage style illustrations. Their motto is “Aimer, Manger, Boire et Chanter” (in English “Love, Eat, Drink and Sing”). It’s one of these iconic cute Parisian cafes that famous artists used to visit at the end of the 19th century (like Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Monet, or Zola…). The interior is also very pretty and traditional with exposed beamed ceiling, and they have a ginguette (open air cafe where people can dance and party)!
Location: La Bonne Franquette
My secret tip: to take a photo without too much crowd or get a table at the terrace it’s better to come in the morning at the opening during the week.
Shakespeare and Cie
Shakespeare and Cie is an iconic English language bookstore located in Paris. It opened at this address near Notre Dame in 1951. It’s a great place to find new and second-hand books, and also antique books. It’s very cute outside and inside and totally worth the visit if you are a bookworm! And they have their own cafe! This is one of the most instagrammable cafes and bookstores in Paris!
Location: Shakespeare and Cie Café
My secret tip: the bookstore and the cafe are very popular, so expect them to be busy during the weekends and the holidays. It’s less busy during the weekdays 🙂 . Their chai latte is excellent!
Le Moulin de la Galette
If you are in Montmartre, you should have a look at Le Moulin de la Galette. This restaurant is actually located inside an ancient windmill! Of course, I had to add it in my list of the cute Parisian cafes: it’s so unique! And they have a terrace.
Location: Le Moulin de la Galette
My secret tip: it’s very easy to capture the windmill as the street is rather quiet!
Floral cafes in Paris
Who doesn’t love a pretty floral display?! And it’s even better when it’s decorating the façade of a cafe, amirite?! Go check out the list of all the floral cafes in Paris! These are the cutest Parisian cafes!
La Favorite is a pretty Parisian café located in the district of Le Marais near the metro station St Paul. They recently decorated the façade with pink flowers, which brought it immediately in the list of the most instagrammable cafes in Paris!
The interior is inspired from both Paris and New York with its black and white checkered floor tiles. And they have a terrace!
Location: La Favorite
My secret tip: come here for brunch!
Le Vrai Paris
Le Vrai Paris is a charming brasserie located in Montmartre near the metro station Abbesses. Here you will enjoy the vintage style of the bistro and the pink floral décor on top of the façade! Two great reasons to make it part of this guide of the cute cafes in Paris 🙂 !
It’s also obviously one of the most instagrammable places in Montmartre. And they have a terrace!
Location: Le Vrai Paris
My secret tip: it’s easier to get a table on the terrace in the morning on a weekday.
Elan Cafe Galeries Lafayette
If you love pink cafes and rose walls, you probably have already heard about Elan Cafe, one of the most instagrammable cafes in London! The group has opened a new place in Paris in 2021. You will find it on the 4th floor of the famous department Galeries Lafayette on boulevard Haussmann. Like in London, Elan Café in Paris offers a pink decoration and a few tables in front of pink flowers walls. Since its opening, this new venue is definitely one of the cutest cafes in Paris!
Location: on the 4th floor of Galeries Lafayette Haussmann
My secret tip: come here on a weekday at the opening at 10 am to be able to get one of the best tables easily!
La Flamme is a traditional French brasserie is located near Arc de Triomphe. The façade is decorated with many colorful flowers, so you won’t miss it in the street! They serve some traditional French dishes in a red and purple LED-lit decor. And they have a terrace!
Location: La Flamme
My secret tip: although this café is located not far from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Élysées, this area is rather quiet.
Le Paradis Café
Le Paradis is a traditional cafe located in the one of the oldest streets in Paris near les Halles and the river Seine. It was recently decorated with flowers on the facade, which makes it even more appealing! It’s now one of the cutest floral cafes in Paris!
Location: Le Paradis
My secret tip: If you like shopping, you can enjoy many boutiques in rue de Rivoli or at the shopping mall Les Halles nearby. Le Paradis would be a good spot for a coffee in the area!
Café Cassette is one the cozy and cute cafes located in the area of Montparnasse in Paris. It’s located in the bustling rue de Rennes, which is a great place for shopping! It stands out in the street with its lovely vibrant decoration of yellow flowers.
Location: Café Cassette
My secret tip: they have some cool osier egg chairs on the terrace.
Cafes with beautiful interior in Paris
If you like to eat inside beautiful restaurants, you must try these places! These are the most instagrammable cafes and restaurants in Paris!
Pink Mamma is one of the Italian restaurants of the group Big Mamma in Paris. All the restaurants of Big Mamma are famous for their pretty decoration and their yummy Italian food. This one is located in the 9th arrondissement near the metro station Pigalle, not far from Montmartre.
This giant trattoria occupies a whole pink building and has 4 floors. Each of them has its own ambiance. But the reason why it’s part of this guide of the cute cafes in Paris is because of its stunning staircase! In fact, the stairwell is decorated from the bottom to the top with all kinds of vintage paintings, posters, advertisements, mirrors, portraits and other quirky frames. It makes of Pink Mamma one of the most instagrammable restaurants in Paris!
Location: Pink Mamma
My secret tip: request a table at the top floor when you book it. You will enjoy your dinner under a glass ceiling with sprawling ivy that will remind you of a glasshouse! Also do not miss the speakeasy in the basement: it’s a great place for a cocktail!
Le Train Bleu
Le Train Bleu is an iconic restaurant is located inside the train station Gare de Lyon in Paris. The luxurious decor will amaze you and the gastronomic cuisine as well! Dining here is an exceptional experience! They even prepare some dishes at your table, it’s a real show!
Location: Le Train Bleu
My secret tips: you should try the roast leg of local lamb with potato gratin dauphinois, it’s served at your table from the carving trolley and it’s one of the signature dishes of Le Train Bleu! For dessert I recommend the Pear « Belle Hélène », with Guanaja dark chocolate sauce poured over: it’s to die for!
Angelina is a famous Parisian tea and pastry house created in 1903. Their elegant venue in Rue de Rivoli has seen Proust, Coco Chanel and the biggest French fashion designers. If the façade may not be that special, the Art-Nouveau designed interior is stunning! You will feel royal eating there! Therefore, you will understand why it’s in my guide of the cute cafes in Paris. Besides it’s one of the best places to enjoy a dessert in Paris! You can go there from breakfast to tea-time.
Location: Angelina rue de Rivoli
My secret tips: I recommend going there early morning before 10 am to avoid the queue. Their hot chocolate “L’Africain” is the best hot chocolate in Paris! And their best seller dessert is the signature Mont-Blanc: a must-try!
You might wonder why I would add a Starbucks Café to this list of the cute cafes in Paris… Well, you will be pleasantly surprised once you see the Starbucks near Opera Garnier in Paris! It’s one of the most beautiful Starbucks cafes in the world for sure! The design and the decoration are inspired by the elegance and the drama of the nearby Opera Garnier. You can admire the walls, the ceiling, and the chandelier!
Location: Starbucks Opera Garnier
My secret tips: this Starbucks is very popular and some people are working here for a while with their computer. So, you might have to be very patient to get a table. Otherwise come at the opening!
Le Jardin de Mademoiselle
Le Jardin de Mademoiselle is a charming tea-room located in the 7th arrondissement near the Eiffel Tower. The owners are 2 women passionate about tea and fairy tales. Here the decoration changes every seasons and it will transport you back in time or right into a story book! They managed to create a real unique and adorable environment and to make of le Jardin de Mademoiselle one of the cutest cafes in Paris!
Location: Le Jardin de Mademoiselle
My secret tips: not only the place is full of charm, but their food and drinks are also delicious! You can also buy tea: they have their own creations!
Best cafes with a view in Paris
How about sitting at a terrace and enjoying a view of one of the iconic Parisian landmarks? If this is your dream, have a look at these cute cafes in Paris with a view!
Le Recrutement is one of these cute cafes in Paris that have typical Parisian vibes! It’s quite traditional with its red façade and it offers a great view of the Eiffel Tower. As a consequence, it’s one of the best places to take photos with the Eiffel Tower!
Location: Le Recrutement Café
My secret tips: You can come here at any time of the day to take some photos. Just pay attention to the traffic.
Café Marly has an ideal location at the Louvre Museum. In fact, the tables on the terrace have a direct view on the Louvre pyramids! Therefore, it’s one of the most instagrammable cafes in Paris and many people come here for a coffee and a photo! It’s also quite stunning inside with the ancient decors.
Maybe you have seen it in Emily in Paris: it’s featured in the first episode of season 2!
Location: Café Marly
My secret tip: be aware that the food is not exceptional here. But the view is worth it!
Au Canon des Invalides
Au Canon des Invalides is another cafe located in Rue Saint Dominique in the 7th arrondissement with an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower. So, of course it’s one of the most instagrammable cafes in Paris and also one of the best places to take photos with the Eiffel Tower! This café has a typical French style.
Location: Café Au Canon des Invalides
My secret tips: You can come here at any time of the day to take some photos.
Café Esmeralda is located right behind Notre Dame Cathedral on Île de la Cité. From here you not only have a view on the back of Notre Dame (still under renovation atm) and on the bridge between Ile de la Cité and Ile St Louis! You will love its turquoise blue color and its charm. It’s really one of these cute cafes in Paris where you will enjoy the terrace!
My secret tip: I wouldn’t come here for the food, but you can enjoy a drink! And it will be even better once Notre Dame’s renovations are done!
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I hope you enjoyed all of these cute cafes in Paris! Which ones did you put on your bucket list?
As a Parisian photographer and a foodie, I’m always in a hunt for the best places to eat and to capture. So, you can expect me to make this list of the most instagrammable cafes in Paris grow in the future: stay tuned!
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