51 Rue de Grenelle, 7th
Literally packed to the rafters with cheese, this is one of those tiny little spots you'll smell before you see. Owner Nicole Barthélemy and her team of cheese mongers will always let you sample before you buy—though the recommendations tend to be so spot-on, you arguably won't have to test many. For whatever reason, they don't tolerate photos in the shop—should you whip out your camera, you'll get scolded.
18 Rue Jean Nicot, 7th
This cozy little Spanish shop and restaurant serves up great tapas and solid selection of Spanish wine, but their real specialty is the store’s namesake charcuterie. Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, which comes from acorn-finished hogs, is the crème de la crème of cured meats. Their gift baskets, with include a few different varieties, make great gifts for fellow foodies.
31 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 4th
Operating out of a little window stand on the Isle St. Louis, the ice creams and sorbets here justify the sometimes long lines. After all, it’s arguably the best in Paris. Enough said.
Bob’s Bake Shop
12 Esplanade Nathalie Sarraute, 18th
It's all baked on-site at this latest venture from Bob, from the hand-rolled bagels to the lattice-topped pies. While the menu channels America, the prices are a bit higher than what you'd expect to pay in the states for a shmear. It's still delicious, and fulfills that very specific only-a-bagel-will-do desire.
Bob’s Juice Bar
15 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 10th
Whether you want a green juice to kick off what will otherwise be a day of gluttony, or need a palate-cleanser after a string of rich French meals, this tiny space offers a respite. Besides cold-pressed juice (Paris’s first foray into that space), you’ll find locals feasting on quinoa salads and veggie-laden muffins at the communal table.
109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd
We like to take a detour here while shopping on rue Vieille du Temple. Though the buckwheat crêpes are the main draw, there’s a small shop attached to the café that sells jams, ciders, and delicious cheeses.
Café de Flore
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 6th
This classic Parisian Art Deco café on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain has played host to everyone from Sartre to Picasso. They came for the coffee and the people-watching, as should you: When the weather's nice, find a spot on the outdoor patio.
51 Galerie Montpensier, 1st Arrondissement
The cult music and clothing label has a knack for café culture too, as evidenced by their perfectly petite first Parisian coffee bar hidden near the gardens of the Palais Royale. White-washed, with just a few select, own-brand knick-knacks on display, along with paintings by local artists Andre Saraiva and Jean-Philippe Delhomme, the shop exudes a totally chilled out, friendly vibe, making it a peaceful coffee or juice pick-me-up between museums and window shopping.
51 Rue des Martyrs, 9th Arrondissement
Organic cakes, gluten-free treats, Coutume coffee and market-fresh ingredients are the name of the game at this sweet, homey café. It’s a fixture of the brunch scene on the weekends, while on weekdays it’s the laptop crowd who dominate the space. Should you get hooked on their muesli, cookies, or cakes, you can pick up a few pre-made packs to bake at home, too.
47 Rue de Babylone, 7th
This lab-like Left Bank coffee house (there are three other locations throughout the city) is owned by two pals (one Australian, one French)—and it offers so much more than standard espresso. For starters, they do to-go cups, which is kind of an anomaly in this part of the world, as well as pour overs and cappuccinos. Like so many Parisian cafés, this one has an indoor/outdoor seating situation making it a people-watching paradise. But you can actually get some work done, too—the interior is soothing, the wifi is free, and tables are roomy enough to spread out. You can also grab a quick breakfast or soup-and-salad lunch.
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