I had heard so much about Coutume Café that I finally decided to go and see what the fuss was all about.
Now, I understand. The café reminds me of an American coffee shop with a French twist. The American side: REAL COFFEE. Also, you can order your coffee to go, which reminds me of my undergrad years, when I was permanently leaning forward due to the weight of my “turtle” backpack, texting madly on my phone in one hand, and carrying a Starbucks coffee in the other. I somehow get more sleep since living in France, but I still have a few days when I head out with my coffee in a personalized tumbler, which gets a few weird looks on the metro. Eating/drinking on the run (or worse, in the metro) in France is still not completely kosher.
So, why is Coutume the best mix of both worlds? On the French side, it is located in one of the most beautiful quartiers of Paris, the 7th arrondissement. It shares the arrondissement with the Musée Rodin, L’Hôtel national des Invalides, and the Eiffel Tower. Not in bad company, I’d say. On the American side, the staff is lovely. They are so nice, and the service is excellent. Also, they have a roaster, so you can get delicious freshly ground coffee there. Slowly but surely, France is moving toward the idea that coffee is meant to be rich in flavor and an enjoyable experience for the taste buds. There are a few places in the city that cater towards coffee aficionados, and this is definitely one of them.
Founded by Tom Clark, an Australian barista, and Antoine Nétien, elected the best French coffee roaster in 2011, the partners decided to open an Australian-style coffee shop in Paris where Parisians and visitors alike could truly enjoy and purchase the best coffees in the world. The decor, done by the agency Cut Architectes, has a modern New York vibe yet is still cosy, and the lighting is excellent. You will see many students scattered throughout the coffee shop, as Coutume is equipped with wifi. Coffee, tables, and wifi: what more could an étudiant need? The food is also excellent, and they offer a brunch on Sundays (no reservations required). How much is the damage for a brunch? It runs at around 25€ per person, depending on which kind you get. Brunching is a favorite activity of mine, so I look forward to trying theirs soon!
UPCOMING EVENT: This Monday, March 11, 2013, Coutume Café is celebrating its second anniversary. All coffees will be 1€ all day, and there will be live music, as well as a guitar concert in the afternoon. Stop by to enjoy a cup of coffee in one of Paris’s best cafés!Coutume Café 47, rue de Babylone 75007 Paris Monday – Friday: 8 a.m – 7 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.