You’ll be surrounded by an array of tempting products if you decide to lunch at this canal-side épicerie. Bottles to go, too.
Part of the new wave of cafés, Coutume serves serious coffee drinks along with light & healthy lunch fare.
An absolute favorite
At this café/exhibition space on a quiet impasse near Place de Clichy, a pair of former Rose Bakery cooks are giving modern British cooking a very good name (particularly for brunch) and a serious barista is serving some of the best coffee in town.
Formerly called Kooka Boora, the KB Café Shop remains an Aussie-inspired stop in southern Pigalle for brewed drinks, fresh juices, sandwiches, and house-made tea cakes and scones. It’s one of the few cafés with great coffee where it’s socially acceptable to pull out your laptop and work.
Address: 62 rue des Martyrs/53 avenue Trudaine, 75009
Nearest transport: Pigalle (2, 12)
Hours: Open every day, 9am-7pm
Telephone: 01 56 92 12 41
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Soups/salads/sandwiches, cakes and cookies
Reviews of interest
Le Figaro (2014) “Anciennement «Kooka Boora», cette adresse stratégiquement située au cœur de South Pigalle, avec grande terrasse au carrefour Trudaine/Martyrs, a été inaugurée en 2010 par Nicolas Piégay, un Français de retour d’Australie. Le café vient de la Brûlerie de Belleville, mais aussi de l’étranger, comme le Square Mile (Angleterre). Scones, granola et jus de fruits de qualité.”
Lindsey Tramuta-Morel (2013) “Nails the location…and coffee which you’ll wait what seems like an inordinately long time for unless you become a regular (so I’ve been told).”
Serious Eats (2013) “Using beans from Parisian roaster Café Lomi, this absolutely bustling cafe resembles more of a library-carrel setup than a typical Parisian sit-and-people-watch spot (most are on laptops). Espresso drinks are sturdy, or try one of their single origin coffees on Aeropress, prepared skilfully (if slowly) on the dedicated brew bar. And really, who doesn’t want a 6 Euro milkshake alongside their coffee?”
David Lebovitz (2012) “I ordered le cake (pronounced kek, in French), which was moist and slightly spiced, the perfect partner for the coffee, which had a somewhat sharp, less “roasty” coffee flavor that I was used to, yet similar to the other coffees I’ve had from Java.”
Another brunch spot with an Anglo accent, in this case both British (porridge, scones, an English breakfast) and American (fluffy blueberry pancakes, a BLT).
A popular place among the Marais fashion set for healthy lunch options ranging from bagels to futomaki to colorful curries. The last time I was there, actor Owen Wilson was sipping a wheatgrass smoothie across the communal table. All natural, organic and vegetarian. Continue reading
Facing a very pretty square, Drouant has been around since 1880. Now run by Antoine Westermann, the menu offers elegantly updated classics with an emphasis on seafood.
You’ll find colorful salads, Neal’s Yard cheeses, strong coffee, a stellar carrot cake, and other lunch/brunch fare at this super-bobo British bakery. Locations in the 9th and the 3rd.
With its bright, bare-bones kitchen, crowded counter, communal table, and addictive salsas — all mercifully un-Frenchified — this upper Marais spot has officially changed the game, and people are lining up for tacos and agua fresca. Go through the unmarked door next to the stove and you’ll find a serious bar, staffed by Experimental Cocktail Club grads.
An absolute favorite