Best Cafés in the Latin Quarter in Paris
Situated on Paris’ historic Left Bank, the Latin Quarter is home to some of the city’s most iconic monuments and sites. It’s in the cobbled streets of the Latin Quarter that you’ll find the Pantheon, La Sorbonne, Saint-Michel fountain, the Musée Cluny (Middle Ages Museum), the bookstands along the Seine, as well as some of the oldest streets and cafés in Paris.
These days, the Latin Quarter is a lively neighborhood, with a large student population. And, it goes without saying that its proximity to so many monuments makes the Latin Quarter a haven for tourists. So there are A LOT of tourist-trap, very mediocre restaurants that you should steer clear of. But not to worry, the area is also home to plenty of local secrets and hidden gems when it comes to dining. You just have to know where to look!
Here’s my insider’s guide to the best cafés in the Latin Quarter in Paris.
This café tucked away off the bustling Rue Mouffetard is easily one of the best in the Latin Quarter. DOSE is a micro roasterie, so all of the coffee is freshly roasted to perfection by them. You can find modern café fare here – all of which is made in-house. For breakfast they have homemade granola, pastries, açai bowls, and eggs too. Afternoon offerings are more substantial with quiches, salads, and soups on the menu.
This is a great spot to stop, relax, and refuel after a walk through the Latin Quarter. Or if you’re in a hurry, simply grab a coffee to go and head back out for round two of sightseeing.
dose – 73 rue mouffetard paris 75005
Metro station: place monge
tuesday – friday from 8:30AM to 4PM
saturday and sunday from 9:30AM to 5PM
Easily one of the most charming cafés in the Latin Quarter, Loulou is also one of the best. A friendly, local-favorite type café situated on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, Loulou serves up French-Australian style café fare.
Generous sweet and savory breakfast spreads accompany their vast coffee, juice and smoothie selections. And if you’re in the mood for a bigger meal, copious salads, burgers, Buddha bowls, and daily specials also figure on the menu. If you’re hoping to enjoy a weekend brunch though, be sure to reserve in advance as this place is popular.
loulou friendly diner – 90 boulevard saint-germain 75005 paris
metro station: maubert-mutualité or cluny la sorbonne
weekdays from 8AM to 9M
weekends from 10AM to 9PM
One of the best cafés in the Latin Quarter in Paris is actually located just a stone’s throw from La Sorbonne. Despite being a heavily touristic area, the Latin Quarter is home to plenty of great cafés and eateries, you just have to know where to look.
Hidden away inside the Institut Finlandais (a center focused on Finnish culture, arts, etc), you’ll find the Coutume Institute. This renowned French coffee roasterie has several locations around the city, but this one of my favorite. Rain or shine, you can settle in for a delicious coffee and meal with the city light spilling in through the glass-paned café windows of the Institute. They offer sweet and savory options as well as expertly-crafted coffees – perfect for a stop after a visit to the Musée Cluny, the Pantheon or La Sorbonne!
coutume insitute – 60 rue des écoles 75005 paris
metro station: cluny la sorbonne
opening hours: temporarily closed due to covid, estimated reopening summer 2021
This cozy café in the Latin Quarter is just a quick hop (literally a 3 minute walk) from the Pantheon. Famed for their breakfast and brunch options as well as their artisan coffee, Jozi is a favorite with locals and visitors alike.
Stop in here for delicious breakfast or brunch before visiting the rest of the Latin Quarter. Here you’ll find pancaked with fruit and maple syrup, home-made banana bread, pastries, and their delicious coffees and teas. Jozi is a great spot to start your day before heading to the Pantheon, for example.
jozi café – 3 rue valette 75005 paris
metro staion: maubert-mutualité or cardinal lemoine
open weekdays from 8AM to 5PM
weekends from 9AM to 5PM
Shakespeare and Co. Café
Famous for being one of the oldest (and might I add, coolest) bookshops in Paris, Shakespeare and Co. is also home to one of the best cafés in the Latin Quarter. Located just next door to the famed bookstore on the Quai de la Tournelle, Shakespeare and Co. Café offers up great coffee and café fare in a real coffeeshop setting. Think scones, cakes, bagels, sandwiches, etc. Not to mention, excellent coffee and juices!
If you opt to sit inside, you can sit at one of the tables by the window gazing out over Notre-Dame, but it’s the terrace that offers an even better experience. Order your coffee and food, and head outside to one of the tables in the sunshine facing the Seine. Here you can enjoy your meal over a good book, or simply watching the Parisian passerby.
shakespeare and co. café – 37 rue de la bûcherie 75005 paris
metro staion: saint-michel
opening hours: open daily from 11:30AM to 7PM
Well, now you know some of the best cafés in the Latin Quarter in Paris according to an insider. I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, and that you’ll love discovering these cafés just as much as I have.
See you soon in Paris!