For those of us without 9-5 jobs, co-working— using a shared space to share ideas, knowledge, and equipment—is a great way to get out of the house and meet and collaborate with new people.
That said, finding a comfortable and reasonably priced co-working space with good Wi-Fi, good coffee, and the occasional tasty lunch is often difficult. Though there are a number of co-working spaces that charge a day or hourly rate for Wi-Fi access, coffee, and snacks (Unicorners Café, Café Nuage, Anticafé Paris), sometimes you just need a good place to spend an unlimited amount of time working on your novel, thesis, spreadsheet, or podcast.
For those of you looking for good non-co-working co-working spots, here are several excellent little coffee shops around the city to check out.
This tiny coffee shop doubles as a photo exhibition space some days. Currently on display: wintry Icelandic landscapes in “Hundslappadrífa” by Ingibjörg Torfadóttir. Come for great coffee, music that’s not too loud, and the best chai lattés.
106 Rue de Turenne 75003, Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-5:30pm
Located right by metro Châtelet, this California-style café is a great place to treat as a home base when you’re in between meetings in the city center. And in case you’re hungry, they’ve got excellent bacon, egg, and cheese bagels.
7 Rue des Halles 75001, Wednesday-Saturday 8am-6:30pm, Sunday 10am-6:00pm
3. Peonies Café
Part flower shop, part coffee shop, Peonies is a sweet little café offering generous lattés and scones. What’s more, this co-working spot is entirely decorated in millennial pink. Work for a bit, then stop and smell the flowers.
81 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis 75010, Tuesday-Saturday 8:30am-7:30pm, Sunday 8:30-4:30pm
4. 5 Pailles
Hidden away at an angle on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 5 Pailles has great coffee and delicious veggie sandwiches. With a few tables hidden in the back, it’s the perfect spot for quiet networking rendez-vous.
79 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis 75010, Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm
Designed with good coffee and good food in mind. This bright little café in the 11th offers the best lunch for a coffee shop, hands down. Order the avocado toast for an energy boost.
22 Rue de la Folie-Méricourt 75011, Monday-Sunday 9am-6pm
And for those of you looking to splurge on a monthly subscription for a top-notch co-working space, wework has many spots across Paris. Its Lafayette address is particularly impressive, with breathtaking views of the city from its rooftop, along with tons of entrepreneurial mixers.
What’s your favorite spot to co-work in the city? Let us know!
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- For more work-friendly coffee shops in Paris, head to The Culture Trip.