Cafés are the heart of Parisian society. In fact, they are as important to Paris as perhaps baguette and cheese.
For centuries, intellectuals and philosophers have spent their evenings in Parisian cafés discussing all sorts of spiritual and worldly matters.
Parisian cafes are more than just places to sit and meet friends – they are emblematic of all sorts of intellectual and cultural history.
In France, taking a whole bunch of breaks during the working day is normal. During these breaks, Parisian cafes fill up with all sorts of people. Some who come to meet friends, some to sit quietly, drinking their cup of espresso with a book, and others who merely come to people-watch.
Parisian cafes are mostly quaint little places and most of them give off an authentic Parisian vibes.
Although these cafes are equally popular amongst both locals and tourists, there are some cafes that give off a particularly touristy vibe.
Here are some of the most instagram-worthy cafes in Paris that you simply cannot miss out on 🙂
1. Cafe de Flore
This cute café is one of the oldest and most iconic cafes in Paris and has been around since the end of the 19th century. Throughout the years, this cafe was visited by thinkers, writers, intellectuals, and even artists of the likes of Descartes, Simone de Beauvoir, and Pablo Picasso.
The café is centrally located in the 6th arrondisement of Paris, at the edge of the popular Saint-Germain Boulevard and the Rue Saint-Benoît.
Perhaps the main reason to visit this café is its rich history and culture. No trip to Paris is complete without taking an Instagram-worthy picture right outside this café, underneath the white marquee that says the name of the café.
Any time is the right time to visit the famous Café de Flore. Although the place is usually overcrowded and swarming with tourists, a little bit of persistence can easily get you a spot.
Address: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
2. La Maison Rose
This café is highly Instagrammable café and is popular amongst both locals and tourists. What makes this café so unique is its outdoor décor.
The café is situated at the corner of Rue de l’Abreuvoir in the Montmartre area of the city. The building of the café is pink and makes it stand out in contrast to the neighboring white buildings.
The café also has a rich heritage. Founded all the way back in 1905, only recently has it become famous as the ‘pink house’ that people know and love.
The café offers all sorts of traditional French cuisine including smoked trout, poached eggs and other such dishes.
Address: 2 Rue de l’Abreuvoir, 75018 Paris, France
3. Shakespeare And Company
Located in the 6th arrondisement of Paris, this quaint little café is half a book shop and half a café. It is the perfect spot to grab a book from the world-famous store and cozy up with it in the café.
If you ever visit Paris, make sure you at least visit this quaint little place once because it would look absolutely charming on your Instagram feed! In fact, so charming is the café that it has also been featured in blockbuster films such as Midnight in Paris and Julie & Julia.
The ambience of this café is perfect for book lovers. Each of the walls is lined with books and the mantra of the café reads: “open doors, open books, open mind, open heart”.
The place is a literary paradise for those who love literary works and is definitely going to make your friends jealous when you post a picture with the café!
You can even enjoy a view of the Seine River and the famous Notre dame church from this café.
Address: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France
Situated in the very heart of the Latin Quarter, right behind the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore is another pretty little café called Odette.
Around this cafe, there a narrow, cobbled streets characteristic of an old European town. The entire café exudes a vintage vibe that is characteristic of all that Paris represents.
This charming little café is known for serving the yummiest, crumbliest choux pastry in Paris! This isn’t even the best part though. The outside of the café exudes an old school vibe and is the perfect spot to capture a few photographs for your Instagram feed if you are trying to show the world what Paris truly represents.
Address: 77 Rue Galande, 75005 Paris, France
5. Les Deux Magots
Just as Café de Flore, this café has been around since the 19th century and was also frequently visited by intellectuals, thinkers and writers. It is located on the corner opposite to Café de Flore, in the 6th arrondisement of Paris.
This place is one of the most Instagram-worthy cafes in Paris because of its historic-looking architecture. The very walls of the place radiate a rich cultural vibe and this is apparent in the architecture.
Address: 6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France
6. Republique of Coffee
This café is on the list because the interior of the café is like an instagrammer’s dream! The café has huge glass windows, mirror all over the ceiling, authentic Parisian furnishings and walls covered in white tile. There are also a small bunch of flowers on each table.
The menu of the café is also quite irresistible – from burritos to pumpkin bread, the café has all sorts of variety. The delicious food paired with the beautiful interior will look great on your Instagram feed. The café is worth visiting at least once for these reasons.
Address: 2 Boulevard Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris, France
7. Café Mirabelle
This is perhaps the homiest café in all of Paris. The café ahs a pretty little cake corner, vintage furnishings, and the cutest little fireplace! In fact, this restaurant and café is cuteness personified.
Why not come to this café early morning, get some nice pictures of the interior for your Instagram feed and then snuggling up with a nice book and a hot cup of tea?
Address: 16 Rue la Vacquerie, 75011, Paris
8. Treize Au Jardin
Situated in the 6th arrondissement of Paris is another charming little Insta-worthy café called Treize Au Jardin. This café is at a convenient location, right next to the Jardin du Luxembourg. The café’s best feature is the outdoor seating area. The entire area is decorated with beautiful flowers that go very well with the white furniture.
Everything about this café is worth falling in love with. From the beautiful exterior, to its location and even its food options. The specialties of this café generally have an American twist and include the honey-infused chicken, the French toast, the cheese salad and the bacon.
No trip to Paris should be complete without visiting here at least once.
Address: 5 Rue de Médicis, 75006 Paris, France
9. Le Bonaparte
This unique Parisian café is located in Saint-Germain des Prés, at the centre of a small village in the city. This village was once home to important thinkers, philosophers and painters.
What makes this particular café so Instagram-worthy is the interior. The entire interior of the café is full of paintings and pictures of Napoleon Bonaparte and even Marie Louise! If you are someone who is even the slightest bit interested in art, you will want to take pictures of this café from the inside!
The terrace of the café is absolutely breathtaking and offers stunning views of the nearby the abbey church nearby.
Address: 42 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France
10. La Closerie des Lilas
Similar to the Café de Flore and Le Deux Magots, this iconic Parisian café has also been very important for philosophers, thinkers, painters and writers throughout history.
This isn’t the only reason you should visit this cute café however.
This restaurant/café has a lot more to offer than a hot croissant and a steaming cup of tea on a cold winter’s day.
The tables in this café are name-plated based on the famous artists and writers who frequented the place back in the day. Amongst these are the likes of Emile Zola and Oscar Wilde.
The ambience of the place is perfect for a romantic dinner. The place even has a piano bar where you can unwind with a loved one after a hard day.
What more could you want?
In fact, visiting this place will make it very clear why Paris is known as the city of love.
Address: 171 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
11. Le Procope
Le Procope is the oldest café in Paris, opened sometime in the 17th century. The café was first opened up by a Sicilian chef and was once so prestigious that it was frequented by people like Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin.
The reason to visit this café is simple. It has an old school vibe like none other. In fact, the entire café has high ceilings and is covered in chandeliers. You surely would not want to miss photographing that. There are also antique paintings all over the wall that you should capture.
This is an absolute historic gem that will look lovely on your Instagram feed. So do make sure to pay this ancient place a visit at least once on your trip to Paris.
Address: Address: 13 Rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, 75006 Paris, France
12. Café de la Grande Mosquée de Paris
This café is connected to one of the largest mosques located in France called the, the Grande Mosquée de Paris. This mosque is located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris.
This café is Instagram-worthy for a whole variety of reasons. The interior is very cute and consists of tables that are plated in copper, oriental-style sofas. Mosaics, arches and ceilings that are beautifully designed.
This café is quite different from al;l the other Parisian cafes and for this reason alone should be visited at least once. This café exudes an overall Middle-Eastern vibe. It’s blue sofas and décor exude an exotic vibe will look absolutely stunning on your Instagram feed.
Not only is the décor Middle-Eastern, the café also serves all sorts of Middle-Eastern delicacies such as baklava, dates, mint tea and African pastries.
Address: 2bis Place du Puits de l’Ermite, 75005 Paris, France
13. Café Charlot
This Parisian café is quite modern but is interestingly located in a historic neighborhood. This neighborhood is lovely and is certainly worth capturing for your Insta feed. In fact, the very essence of this café is very interesting because of its location.
This café is situated opposite to one of the oldest markets in Paris, in the old Marais district. The whole area has a rich tradition and history that is worth capturing on camera.
Address: 38 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France
14. Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole
This café has a beautiful exterior and a strategic location which makes it a must-see café in Paris. Situated right near the famous Notre Dame cathedral, the location isn’t the best thing about the café.
The café has colorful outdoor seating that looks authentically Parisian and will look great when captured on camera.
This café is the perfect place to enjoy a warm glass of chocolat chaud on a cold winter evening in the city of love.
Address: 24 rue chanoinesse, 75004 Paris, France
15. Le Petit Moulin café
This quaint little café is a hidden gem. It is situated inside the 18th arrondisement of Paris.
This place embodies fully the Parisian spirit and is a great place to relax on a lazy summer’s day. The restaurant also serves all sort of French cuisines but specializes in cheese-related dishes.
Located on the ancient Montmartre Street, this café is certainly insta-worthy both for its location and its delicious food!
Address: 17 Rue Tholozé, Montmarte, 75018 Paris, France.
If you are in search of the most instagrammable Parisian cafes to visit, the places mentioned above are certainly worthy of at least checking out once in life.
Please do share your own experiences in the comments below and add to our list if you feel I’ve missing out on something.