Gone are the days when it’s impossible to get a decent coffee in Paris. Café culture is something that is so French, it was always hard to understand why the coffee was so terrible, and why the locals – who care so much about their food and wine – never seemed to mind. Now a burgeoning coffee scene is ensuring that sitting on a café terrace in Paris can be even more of a pleasure than before. Ten Belles is one of the best amongst the new style cafés that have popped up around the city in the past couple of years. The coffee beans are roasted in Paris at the Belleville Brulerie, and you can get cakes, soups and sandwiches too.
The coffee changes with the seasons, and the food and drinks can be taken out, an especially good thing as the café is almost always packed, and the beautiful and now uber fashionable Canal Saint Martin is right nearby. If you want more picnic food, drop into the lovely grocery shop Myrthe right next door.
- Ten Belles, 10 rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 Paris. metro: Jacques Bonsergent
Open daily 9:00 – 5:00pm.