Paris' coffee revolution is showing no signs of abating with the arrival of new kid on the block, Loustic, on a side street near to the Pompidou Centre, bringing superlative coffee to the very centre of Paris. Londoner Channa Galhenage's brand new cafe, decorated with retro geometric prints by hip interior designer Dorothée Meilichzon (who also did up NoMa hotspot Pinson), serves seasonal roasts from Belgian coffee mecca Caffènation in espresso, filter and chemex variations, as well as in everyone's favourite milky incarnations of cappuccino and latte. The long and narrow seating, reminiscent of a nostalgic train carriage, is perfectly conducive to a spot of friendly nattering with fellow patrons or for setting up a laptop for getting down to some caffeine-fuelled work (there is even a "laptop special" available - 3 cups of coffee with 3 mini-cupcakes for just €10, and wifi is free). A concise but high quality selection of teas is also available, as is chai tea latte, and soya milk is available for lactose-haters. A lunch menu, which aims to put a fresh spin on French cafe classics, has been devised by super duper culinary duo, Emperor Norton - the current special is a riff on the poulet crudité sandwich, featuring chicken katsu curry. Also on the menu are organic cakes, quiches and deliciously healthy kale-based goodies from The Kale Project, and the weekend sees Paris' first reasonably priced brunch ever featuring granola, juice, coffee and pastries for just €10-12. Loustic, which means "smart arse" in Breton, is certainly bringing a cheeky new perspective to the classic French neighbourhood cafe and it's already one of our favourites.
40 rue Chapon, 75003 Paris
Open: Mon 12-6pm, Tues-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 12-6pm


  1. A superlative piece of journalism - thank you!

    1. You're welcome, and thank YOU for the compliment and for opening such a fabulous café! -Kim

  2. I'm going to check this place out today - looks very cool.

  3. Good to know. I don't walk there very often but I'll give a try