If the coffee scene in Paris is as robust as it is today, it's thanks in large part to Thomas Lehoux, one of the city's star baristas and co-owner of Ten Belles, just off the Canal Saint-Martin. He collaborated with two English women, Anna Trattles and Alice Quillet from Le Bal Café, to open this intimate espresso bar in the fall of 2012 and success was immediate. Lehoux and his team turn out some of the finest, if time-consuming, drip coffees in the city, while Trattles and Quillet serve up a small menu of comforting fare—soups, sandwiches and salads—that rotate daily. The Anglo-inspired desserts—cakes, scones, peanut-butter brownies and raspberry crumb bars—go down beautifully with a host of coffee drinks.
Escape the crowds on the mezzanine, where there are usually seats available, along with a view of the bar from above. But if the weather permits, grab one of their stools and take your coffee outside, or opt for a takeaway cup and enjoy it alongside the canal..