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Cassiopée: Freshly Roasted Coffee, Gluten Free Sweets, and Art in Montmartre

HiP Paris Blog reviews Cassiopee

Since Paris began to transform itself from a coffee dead zone into a caffeine hotspot, I have been on the hunt for that elusive café, preferably in my neighborhood, that could combine a proper espresso with a warm atmosphere, where I could feel comfortable dropping by for my caffeine fix even on bad hair days. Many too-trendy-for-their-customers hipster cafes and holier-than-thou baristas later, I have managed to find the one.

HiP Paris Blog reviews Cassiopee

Cassiopée is an art gallery crossed with a coffee roaster-cum-café and furnished like a cozy Parisian living room. It’s the brainchild of half-French, half-Cameroonian Kisito Belibi, whose penchant for coffee history and mythology gave birth to this quirky place at the bottom of the Butte Montmartre just under a year ago.

HiP Paris Blog reviews Cassiopee

In addition to the in-house roasted coffee and delectable gluten-free cakes, there are regular exhibitions of up-and-coming international artists like American illustrator Matthew Miller, aka Sunflowerman, and France’s Emilie Bitauld, known for her dreamy, swirly watercolors. For those who prefer hands-on activities, Cassiopée features regular coffee tasting events as well as reflexology treatments on weekends to help soothe away the stresses of Parisian life.

Belibi previously worked in cafés in Paris as the capital’s coffee scene began to thrive, but during his barista stint he noticed that style often took over substance and coffee was sometimes brewed without proper care. His dream was to own a place that specialized in sourcing and correctly roasting quality organic beans, where coffee was prepared with care and attention.

HiP Paris Blog reviews Cassiopee

“Coffee has helped emancipate all the civilizations that welcomed it, like Ethiopia, Egypt, Yemen, Persia, the Ottoman Empire, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the Americas,” says Belibi.

“I wanted to open a place where creative, artistic types as well as visitors could come and chat, exchange ideas and meet other people over a cup of coffee.”

HiP Paris Blog reviews Cassiopee

Cassiopée – named after the mythical queen of Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee – attracts a mix of creative locals, international expats and visitors, who are treated to a chic, serene décor of hessian bags and plump cushions, stacks of magazines, tarot cards and a well-stocked bookcase with novels and art books.

The lunch and brunch menus are vegetarian friendly and mostly gluten free, as are the scrumptious cakes and brownies supplied by L’Atelier des Lilas, a specialist of artisanal, gluten-free baked goods.

Cassiopée’s freshly roasted organic beans are also available to take home in prepackaged bags.

HiP Paris Blog reviews Cassiopee

Cassiopée – 21 rue Custine, 75018 Paris. Open Monday-Friday 8:00-18:00;  Saturday & Sunday 9:00-18:00. 06 16 39 89 43. Metro: Chateau Rouge, Marcadet Poissonniers (both ligne 4).

Related Links

  • Are you a tea lover? While you’re in the neighborhood check out Neo. T.
  • Also in Montmartre are the delicious treats from Les Choupettes de ChouChou.
  • For the 21 best coffee shops in Paris, head over to Thrillest.

Written by Elena Berton for HiP Paris. All photos courtesy of Ali Postma. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, Tuscany, Umbria or Liguria? Check out Haven In.

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Written by Elena Berton

Elena BertonBorn in Italy, Elena Berton swapped her native Venice for life in the United States and England before making Paris her home, where she can indulge in cooking, lurking in boulangeries and walking around in high heels. She has written for Dow Jones Newswires, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, Women’s Wear Daily, Time Out London, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian.

Website: elenaberton

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