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Some Paris Coffee Shops

Some Paris Coffee Shops

At Cream on Rue Belleville.

At Cream on Rue Belleville.

For a month I've been kind of hanging out in coffee shops in Paris, because there are worse things one could do with a month, let's face it. Some of them I hung out at more than others, sometimes because they had wifi (and a writer has to work sometimes!). It was great if the two features coincided: great coffee and vibe with wifi access. If they did, I'd spend an hour or four taking up table space! There were also places that weren't really coffee places (more lunch places) that I liked too, such as Marlette in the 9th and Cafe Popote in the 10th. So if none of these coffee shops take your fancy, try them.

At Hexagone, on the rue du Chateau in the 14th.

At Hexagone, on the rue du Chateau in the 14th.

At La Cafeoteque.

At La Cafeoteque.

Blackburn, a popular hangout on the Rue du Faubourg in the 10th.

Blackburn, a popular hangout on the Rue du Faubourg in the 10th.

Cheng-Leng Tran, amazing barista/owner at Hexagone, which is going where no barista has been before (well, almost), the rarefeid 14th..

Cheng-Leng Tran, amazing barista/owner at Hexagone, which is going where no barista has been before (well, almost), the rarefeid 14th..

They do eggs, and a lot of them, but coffee is a specialty too. On the very hard-to-find Rue Bernard Palissy.

They do eggs, and a lot of them, but coffee is a specialty too. On the very hard-to-find Rue Bernard Palissy.

Matamata, small and cozy on the Rue d'Argout in the 2nd.

Matamata, small and cozy on the Rue d'Argout in the 2nd.

Inside KB, on Rue des Martyrs, in the 9th.

Inside KB, on Rue des Martyrs, in the 9th.

Cafe Lomi, in the 18th, a place you want to just hang out for the day.

Cafe Lomi, in the 18th, a place you want to just hang out for the day.

Inside Fragments.

Inside Fragments.

Fragments, up the missable but must-see Rue des Tournelles, not far from the Place des Vosges.

Fragments, up the missable but must-see Rue des Tournelles, not far from the Place des Vosges.

At Ten Bells off the Canal St Martin.

At Ten Bells off the Canal St Martin.

The Seychelles Solution

The Seychelles Solution

The Mystery of Hotels

The Mystery of Hotels