Take an espresso and enjoy your French coffee!
Bonjour, les amoureux de café !
Oh là là – France here we come!
Put a coffee emoji below if visiting Paris is on your bucket list!
Otherwise, bad luck will follow you for the next 7 years.
Just kidding, you guys.
In all seriousness though, go for it.
Can you imagine waking up in a hotel in Paris?
If you imagined it, I hope it put a smile on your face.
Some would even scream out of excitement, too.
I mean, why wouldn’t you?
We all dream of walking down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées,
the world’s most beautiful avenue.
The cuisine, the monuments, shopping till you drop moments,
parks, gardens, landmarks,
and the famous, inevitable French café culture.
Let’s picture a balcony with a view of the Tour de Eiffel.
Picture it some more. Let the view and the feeling sink in.
Parisian balconies are pure love.
Traditional apartments with wrought iron railing,
a façade of stone, and beautifully potted flowers.
Truly an art form.
There is a little table and coffee waiting for you.
Preferably, the love of your life or a best friend is there, too.
Literally, a dream comes true.
Coffee Culture in France
As I said previously, we can’t talk about France
and not talk about the coffee culture.
These two go hand in hand.
If you are always in a hurry,
you are going to miss the true beauty
of sipping a shot of espresso and
experiencing the serenity that goes along with it.
This is how Parisians drink their coffee.
This is their time to disconnect from the busy world
and connect to the people and life around them.
Sometimes, it’s not even all about the actual cup of coffee,
but it’s about what you get from it.
I am sorry, we went deep and we ain’t even had breakfast yet.
But we are about to.
Let’s not generalize and say that all
that French people eat for breakfast are croissants.
Take a baguette, slice it horizontally,
put some marmalade and dip your
tartine into your café au lait.
Now, you have the perfect excuse to drink a bowl of coffee
and not feel at all guilty about it.
Coffee Types in France
Café au lait/ cafe creme is French coffee,
made by adding steamed milk to a shot of espresso in a 1:1 ratio.
This coffee people usually drink only in the morning hours.
The thing is, some say that you might get a weird look from the waiter
if you order this type of coffee in the afternoon.
Some say it’s perfectly fine.
Check it out for yourself and let us know.
What cafe au lait literally means is “Coffee with milk”.
We’d like to help you learn the difference
between café au lait and café latte.
Both mean coffee with milk.
Café au lait is simply the French version of the Italian Caffe latte.
But they should be served the same –
a shot of espresso coffee topped with steamed milk (without froth)
and traditionally served in a glass.
Café au lait
The standard coffee you can always order
and never go wrong is un café.
The French have many names
for this small cup of black coffee with nothing added –
un petit café, un café simple, un café noir, un petit noir, un café express, or un express.
If you ask for a cappuccino you’ll get café crème.
If you order a latté, the same story follows.
Also if you want the French equivalent to Italian macchiato order
un café noisette “Je voudrais un café noisette, s’il vous plaît”.
Noisette is a hazelnut in French but no,
they don’t put hazelnuts in your coffee.
It refers to the color, not the taste.
Un café noisette
Some people like their cup of coffee really bitter.
If you are that type, no worries. Simply order café serré.
As for our dear fellow Americans,
the closest you will get to tasting your
standard American coffee is when you are in Paris and order
Café Americain (Also Called Café Allongé or Americano).
Please, do yourself a favor while you are in France and treat yourself with Café Gourmand.
Not only that you’ll get good coffee
but you will also get tasty desserts to go with it.
Don’t forget one thing.
If you wanna live your days in Paris like a real Parisian
and experience the coffee culture to the fullest,
remember to drink your coffee in peace.
Cafes in Paris are easy to find in every corner
so you won’t have trouble finding
that perfect outdoor terrace
where you can drink your shot of espresso
undisturbed and watch the world go by.