100 best restaurants: Teatime

Perk up and indulge your sweet tooth at these cafés and bakeries

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For all their professed love for the stuff, Parisians are still far from understanding coffee; the stuff you get in the average bistrot tastes more like flavoured water than good java. Fortunately for the caffeine addict, a smattering of new boutique coffee shops are trying to remedy the situation. You'll find the best below, alongside some of our fave teahouses, bakeries and breakfast joints. Wake up and smell the flat whites.

Marlette

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Marlette is one of those snug little spots where people settle for hours at a stretch, whether with friends or with a computer (yes, there's wifi). The tea is served piping hot by smiling waitresses, the tiled tables have an elegant wood finish and there's an abundant supply of cushions – you'd be forgiven for thinking you've stumbled into a home furnishing advert. Yet this isn't the whole story. Marlette started off producing organic cake ingredients and accompanying cookbooks, before branching out into coffee shops. Their roots are reflected in the range of dreamy cakes on display... Read more

  1. 51 rue des Martyrs, 9e
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Holybelly

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Arriving for breakfast at Holybelly, you get a warm welcome from the tattooed, beanie-wearing staff. Early risers are already in place at the pretty wooden and white-painted booths over a star-patterned tiled floor, local workers smiling and chatting over their coffees. The narrow area at the front gives way to a sober and elegant back room, dominated by a big leather sofa and a pinball machine. The management are a young couple fresh from Vancouver, intent on spreading some Canadian bonhomie through their hip little venue. On the menu, there are things like fig and caramelised hazelnut pancakes with whipped cream... Read more

  1. 19 rue Lucien Sampaix, 10e
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Claus

  • Rated as: 4/5

For a city so obsessed with good food, breakfast in Paris can be a sorry state of affairs – bad coffee and croissants eaten on the hoof at any old local café. So as the city’s first venue devoted solely to the most important meal of the day, Claus is a very welcome opening. A tearoom squeezed between luxury boutiques and offices, you can take your breakfast away or snuggle into the cosy salon. There’s even a terracotta-tiled boutique deli with organic granola bars, fruit juices, teas and jams from local producers in the Haute-Savoie, biscuits, scones, patisserie, cookies and everything else needed for a royal breakfast... Read more

  1. 14 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1er
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Café Craft

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Paris is seeing a positive nouvelle vague of creative freelance Parisians keen to escape the confines of their apartments and find trendy cafés where they can work, get good coffee and look good all at the same time. More often than not they’re stuck with the local bar (because red wine and work go so well together…), so with Café Craft, Augustin Blanchard is filling a gap in the market. In a quiet street just minutes from the Canal Saint-Martin, this café is a refuge for the new breed of wireless creative who are flocking to the trendy outskirts of eastern and northern Paris. With its high speed WiFi, studious atmosphere... Read more

  1. 24 rue des Vinaigriers, 10e
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Télescope Café

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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David Flynn is something of a coffee purist, and his newly opened Télescope Café has a stripped-down look to it; whitewashed walls with no decoration, a big pale blue wooden counter with a plate of cakes, Marzocco espresso machine and a strange water-heating device which he says is called an ‘über-boiler’. When he serves a glass of water with your coffee it comes from a sleek siphon rather than from the tap, and don’t ask for free Wi-Fi: as David says, ‘it is not our concept’. It doesn’t seem to bother his regulars, who are a cross-section of office workers, Anglophone expats and Japanese, as the location is just off... Read more

  1. 5 rue Villedo, 1er
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Comme à Lisbonne

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Opened in 2011 by the cheerful Portuguese barista Victor Silveira, this hole-in-the-wall bar in a chic corner of the Marais may be impossibly small, but it has become a runaway success with its irresistible freshly-baked pasteis de nata accompanied by traditional Portuguese coffee. The pasteis, succulent custard tarts, are baked according to Victor’s mother’s secret recipe, while the coffee is prepared just as if you were in Lisbon, with Victor proudly telling everyone that the Portuguese are as coffee-mad as the Italians. Although he uses an Italian Conti espresso machine, chosen because it was tiny enough... Read more

  1. 37 rue du Roi de Sicile, 4e
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Café Lomi

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Hidden away in an unfashionable part of the 18th arrondissement, Lomi opened in October 2012. From the outside, this looks like a bland modern building, but Lomi’s architect has transformed a basic concrete space into a cool café that resembles an abandoned warehouse with rusty metal girders, peeling paint on the walls, simple wooden tables and old leather couches. The café has already attracted a strong local following, with a colourful mix of mums and babies, building workers and students hunched over laptops, local businessmen and coffee fanatics making a pilgrimage... Read more

  1. 3 ter rue Marcadet, 18e
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Ten Belles

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Thomas Lehoux is one of the stars of the Paris barista scene, and after working in many of the best-known coffee bars here, he finally opened his own café in September 2012. Ten Belles is perfectly located just off the funky Canal Saint-Martin. The discrete pinewood storefront is decorated with plants and herbs, a few rickety stools sit on the pavement for determined smokers, and a blackboard provocatively announces – in English – that ‘drinking good coffee is sexy’. The café is invariably packed, often with a long line queuing outside. There are only half-a-dozen tiny tables, but a narrow staircase leads up... Read more

  1. 10 rue de la Grange aux Belles, 10e
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ZenZoo

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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For an unforgettably unique tea-time snack head to Zenzoo, where you can get green tea cheesecake or an excellent cake made of red bean paste. While you’re getting your (light) sugar fix, knock back a carton of bubble tea, the iced tea with tapioca balls that’s all the rage among Japanese teenagers – hot or cold, with or without milk, with almond, sesame or kumquat, it's oddly fun and refreshing. For main meals, the Taiwanese cooking is simple but full of flavour, cooked with great care. The set menu is €14 (€17 with a dessert, €10 for the lunchtime special), with a choice of sautéed prawns in a spicy sauce... Read more

  1. 13 rue Chabanais, 2e
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Rose Bakery

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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This English-themed café run by a Franco-British couple stands out for the quality of its ingredients – organic or from small producers – as well as the too-good-to-be-true puddings: carrot cake, sticky toffee pudding and, in winter, a chocolate-chestnut tart. The DIY salad plate is crunchily satisfying, but the thin-crusted pizzettes, daily soups and occasional risottos are equally good choices. Don't expect much beyond scones in the morning except at weekends, when brunch is served to a packed-out house. The dining room is minimalist but welcoming.

  1. 46 rue des Martyrs, 9e
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La Caféothèque

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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The Caféothèque is where the coffee revolution in Paris first kicked off seven years ago, created by the doyenne of ‘coffeology’ Gloria Montenegro, a former Ambassador of Guatemala, today an unofficial ambassador for quality coffee from all over the world. Gloria goes at least twice a year to visit coffee producers in South America and Africa. At the moment, the Caféothèque stocks and roasts coffee from 23 different countries, but aims to go up to 31 so they can offer a different country every day of the month. The café is next door to a vast artist’s residence, La Cité Internationale des Arts, which ensures... Read more

  1. 52 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, 4e
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