The St. Germain district is synonymous with cafés. While its reputation was built on legendary Parisian cafés like Les Deux Magots and Le Café de Flore, these days there’s a whole new variety of cafés percolating throughout the neighborhood. Here’s where you can get the best coffee on the Left Bank:

Saint Pearl

Tartines, cake, and cappuccino at Saint Pearl coffee shop in Paris' Saint Germain Neighborhood
Saint Pearl Café Paris

Found a stone’s throw from Place Saint-Germain-des-Près and its iconic cafés, this tiny spot is the perfect venue for a takeaway coffee for your wanderings around the area. There are also few seats in the cozy space, surrounded by stone walls, rustic wood furniture, and potted plants, where you can flip open your laptop to work or simply enjoy a matcha latte with a homemade pain au chocolat or vegan, gluten-free treat.

Address: 38 rue des Saints-Pères, 75007 Paris

The counter at Saint Pearl Coffee Shop in Paris' St Germain Neighborhood with homemade cakes and cookies.
Saint Pearl


A freshly made cappuccino between the hands of the barista at Cuillier coffee shop in St Germain des Près Paris
Cuillier – Jean Marie Heidinger

After the success of its Right Bank branches, this premier coffee shop has arrived on the Rive Gauche. Located across the street from the Musée Maillol in the foodie hub around rue du Bac, the coffee shop features the same modern minimalist decor as the other venues, as well as its acclaimed coffee specially roasted for them by Belleville Brûlerie. 

Address: 68, rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris

A barista making coffee (left) and a homemade cake with icing at Cuillier coffee shop in Paris' St Germain Neighborhood (right).
Cuillier – Jean Marie Heidinger


For more top-notch coffee near rue du Bac, take a wander down Beaupassage. This refurbished historic passageway has been converted into a foodie paradise, bringing together a number of the city’s leading chefs and food purveyors. Within this fine selection is Junichi Yamaguchi, World Barista Champion in Latte Art, which you can sample yourself at his hip coffee stall. His brews are prepared by extraction method and use superior quality beans from South America and Africa. You can enjoy these in the form of espresso, filter coffee, and Chemex pour-overs; served hot or iced. 

Address: 53-57 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris

The outdoor cafe 100% Arabica at Beaupassage in Paris' St Germain Left Bank Neighborhood
100% Arabica – Ali Postma


Be transported to Roma at this chic Italian café and restaurant, discreetly tucked away across from the Marché St. Germain. You’ll feel just like you’re in the Italian capital as you sip an authentic ristretto on its fabulous terrace. If you’re feeling peckish, have a cappuccino with their signature Paris-Turin, an Italianesque version of the Paris-Brest dessert.

Address: 8 Rue Mabillon, 75006 Paris

The industrial-style interiors of Marcello (left) and an outdoor table with brunch for two on a terrace in Paris' Saint Germain neighborhood (right).
Marcello – Claude Weber


A brunch spread and a cake with coffee at Judy in Paris' Saint Germain neighborhood

In keeping with its “cantine qualitarienne,” everything on the menu at this airy and modern café, situated a few short blocks west of the Luxembourg Garden, is of the highest quality. Of course, this also applies to its coffee, which happens to come from Coutume (see below) and is prepared with finesse on a Synesso machine. For a healthier dose of caffeine, order your latte with their cold-pressed almond milk.

Address: 18 rue de Fleurus, 75006 Paris

Interior of Judy coffee shop (left) and coffee with cake laid out on the terrace (right) in Paris' Saint Germain neighborhood

Coutume Café

Although it might technically be on the fringes of the St. Germain neighborhood, it would be impossible to talk about the best coffee in the area without including Coutume. Opened in 2010, this coffee roaster was one of earliest to arrive on the new coffee scene in Paris and is known for following the coffee-making process from bean to cup. Their award-winning coffee is now available at various cafés around Paris, like Judy above. However, their original venue is well worth the trek for hardcore coffee connoisseurs who can savor their amazing coffee straight from the source, as well as their special coffee of the month.

Address: 47 rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris

Creamy cappuccino at the original Coutume Cafe in Paris Left bank neighborhood by the Bon Marché

You can also get a your caffeine and sugar fix at recently featured Treize au Jardin. The second rendition of Treize bakery has a dedicated barista and specialty coffees, which go extremely well with their exquisite desserts.

The natural style interiors of Judy coffee shop (left) and a hot drink with coconut dessert balls (right) in Paris' Saint Germain neighborhood

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Written by Lily Heise for HiP Paris. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, Italy, France or elsewhere in Europe? Let us know. We can help!


Lily Heise

Lily Heise has been living in Paris for more than 10 years. When she’s not getting into romantic mischief, she writes on dating, travel, and culture. Her writing has been featured in Frommer’s Guides, the Huffington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, City Secrets, DK Eyewitness Guides, and other local and international publications. She is the author of Je T’Aime, Me Neither, and Je T’Aime… Maybe? lively novelized memoirs on her romantic misadventures, and continues to share dating tips, stories and travel features on her blog


  1. Couple of weeks ago Le Café Alain Ducasse opened at 47 Rue du Cherche-Midi – with Marzocco machine made specially for them and all these bells and whistles. Worth checking (did that)

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