The 8 best cafés in Paris for remote work

By Jiselle Henderkott Published 01/11/2023

Lacking inspiration while working from home day in and day out? We’ve come up with a list of the 8 best coffee shops in Paris for remote work— incredible views and delicious lattes guaranteed.

Paris is world-famous for its picturesque cafés and quaint bistros. The city of love practically invented the idea of working from cafés: think Hemingway and Gertrude Stein working at the mythical café, Les Deux Magots.

If you’ve just moved to Paris, you’re in luck. There is an abundance of a-typical coffee shops throughout Paris where you can work peacefully, all while being fully inspired by the artistic ambiance of this bustling city.

From a book-lover’s paradise with a view of the Notre Dame to a pretty-in-pink café perched above Montmartre, you are sure to find a spot that fits your remote-work style. So, when you can’t find inspiration and decide to venture from your coliving space for the work day, here are the top 8 cafés in Paris for digital nomads.

1. Le Vrai

Le Vrai is a typical Parisian bistro with antique charm. Hike up a small hill in Montmartre to find one of the most Instagram-famous cafés in all of Paris. With its cascading waterfall of flowers and vintage terrace, Le Vrai is one work spot you don’t want to miss. As soon as you enter, you can almost feel the artistic vibes oozing from the turn-of-the-century, dark-wood interior.

Known for its aesthetic atmosphere and bohemian style, this café can get busy quickly. Many locals and tourists come here for their morning coffee, so think of getting there early for the best spot. If you plan on staying for a while, a seat inside may be a better choice as it is further removed from the hustle and bustle. Or, if you love people-watching and taking in your surroundings, opt for a table on the terrace and snag the wifi password from a waiter as you settle in with a café crème. 

📍 33 Rue des Abbesses, Paris 75018, Monday through Sunday: 7 am to 2 am (map)

2. Le Choupinet

Le Choupinet is located in the heart of Paris next to the Luxembourg Gardens. As soon as you enter, you will notice its modern chic interior and its plethora of life-sized teddy bears. Yes, you read that right. On the menu is traditional French cuisine with a modern twist: salade niçoise and gluten-free zucchini pasta (to name a few.)

Le Choupinet is an ideal bistro for lunch, however, you can still go to enjoy an espresso and cuddle a teddy bear. Due to its location in the trendy 6th arrondissement, this café is on the pricier side. However, it may be worth it if you want to splurge on the Parisian café experience. Hot tip: make sure to make a reservation on their website if you are planning to go for a meal.

📍58 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75006 Paris, Monday through Sunday: 8 am to 2 am (map)

3. Republique of Coffee

Just steps from the big, bustling square that is République, you’ll find a trendy, urban coffee shop. On the menu? Generous vegan lattes made from specialty coffee beans and Mexican-inspired dishes are freshly prepared daily. Just a side note: this café is vegan and vegetarian friendly, so no meat will be found on the menu.

Looking for a way to relax between emails? Work on your tan all year long underneath their transparent winter terrace that is perfect for sunny days. However, if you are looking for a quiet place to focus on a project, this café may not be for you. The lunch hours during the week and the brunch hours on weekends can get busy. No reservations are accepted, so it’s a first-come, first-served basis only.

📍2 Boulevard Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris, Monday through Friday: 8:30 am to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 7 pm (map)

4. Coutume Café

If you consider yourself a true coffee connoisseur, Coutume Café is for you. While this coffee brand has various locations throughout Paris, its original café is located next to the metro stop Saint François-Xavier in the 7th arrondissement.

This minimalistic café with beige walls and cream subway tiles has some tables, as well as a breakfast bar where you can pull up a chair. In addition to being laptop-friendly, the wifi is trustworthy so there’s no need to panic while sending out last-minute emails.

With its collection of specialty coffee blends on the menu, you are sure to find a cup of joe you’ll enjoy. They also have an ever-changing menu of breakfast and lunch favorites, as well as freshly baked croissants and pastries. Once you’ve finished your work for the day, walk a few blocks to the Musée Rodin to take in the world-famous sculptures and gardens.

📍47 Rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris, Monday through Friday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 6 pm (map)

5. Café Méricourt

As soon as you walk up to this quaint café, you’ll notice its mint green exterior and calming, country-inspired decorations. With plenty of table space and bench seating, you should be able to find a space to work. This café is an extension of the very famous Café Oberkampf, which is found in the same neighborhood.

At Café Méricourt you’ll find an assortment of homemade granolas, pancakes with ricotta and seasonal fruit, and a gourmet breakfast roll of bacon, egg, and chili jam served on fresh brioche. The menu also boasts an incredible list of coffee drinks you can’t find anywhere else in Paris: such as dirty chais and flat white lattes.

They also include iced lattes on their menu which is a rarity in a city like Paris. What more could your heart desire?

📍22 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris, Monday through Friday: 8:30 am to 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 am to 5 pm (map)

6. Yogamour

This café is nestled in the heart of the Marais and offers a unique blend of workspace and yoga space. Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Museum of Technology, stop by to enjoy a vegan treat while working at their very spacious coworking space.

Founded by a yoga teacher, she wanted Yogamour to appeal to those looking to work as well as those looking to relax and de-stress. In a quaint space just behind the main café area, there are plenty of outlets and tables to work in peace, wifi included.

When you need to take a break, you can book a meditation or yoga session in one of the individual pods down below. In each pod, you’ll find a yoga mat, headphones, a tablet for viewing the class, an essential oil diffuser, and an air purification system. When you are done with your session, there is a changing area and showers.

Calm vibes and a warm welcome are guaranteed at this lovely oasis in the heart of Paris.

📍76 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris, Monday through Friday: 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday: 10:30 am to 7pm, Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm (map)

7. Shakespeare & Company Café

With an ancient book store right next door and a view of Notre Dame, Shakespeare & Company Café is the perfect remote work spot for those wanting to live a literary dream. This café is perfect for expats because everyone speaks English. At this cozy café, you’ll find an array of fresh-pressed juices and iced coffees. 

Make sure to arrive early because many tourists hit up this spot in the afternoon for a snack. It bears mentioning that there isn’t much indoor seating. However, if your laptop is fully charged, you can sit on the terrace and gawk at the stunning view of the Seine. The café is owned by the infamous English bookstore: Shakespeare & Company. Make sure to stop by after work and browse their incredible collection of books in English: from the classics to the newest authors. 

Take the stairs to the second-floor library and make sure to say hello to Aggie— the cat who lives in the bookstore full time. She is very friendly and always looking for a comfortable lap to sit on. Even though you may have to beat the crowds, this is one remote work spot you don’t want to miss— if only for the experience. 

📍37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, Monday through Friday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 am to 8 pm (map)

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8. The Hood

Founded in 2016, The Hood Paris was created to be a gathering space with food, coffee, music, community, and creativity at its heart. Trendy and hipster, this Southeast Asian canteen and coffee shop is a local hotspot. The site used to be an old junk shop, but its bronze-iron storefront is all that remains. Inside the café, there is a friendly and vibrant atmosphere where all are welcome.

The menu is inspired by the two founders’ Southeast Asian heritage and the prices are very fair. Most dishes range from nine to 15 euros. All of the produce is sourced from sustainable farms in France and Italy, and the coffee beans are from Hexagone Café in Paris. With its bright, green walls, and feng-shui vibes, the café also boasts a coworking space. Over the speakers, you’ll hear soft rock music playing, and scattered around the space are guitars and pianos, inviting everyone to jam together. A true meeting place for the creative at heart, you won’t want to miss this special space.

📍80 Rue Jean Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris, Monday through Friday: 11 am to 3:30 pm, 6:30 pm to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11 am to 10 pm (map)

Here’s an easily accessible map to all 8 cafés if you want to try them all!

About the author Bonjour! I'm Jiselle, an American ex-pat living in Paris. When not a freelance writer, I'm also an actress, singer, and dancer.