Imagine walking into a neighborhood café, where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came because the barista and fellow customers understand that making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got, and taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot.
Every now and then, life in Paris can weigh down on a soul, especially if you’re a newcomer. These are the times when a home-away-from-home is in need.
19 rue du Pont aux Choux 75003 (Paris, France)
Having opened in 2014, Boot Café is the new kid on the Parisian coffee block, and like the revolutionary youth of today, it’s trop chouette. What more can you say about a café housed in a vintage cordonnerie (i.e., shoe repair shop) with the original 19th C doors in tact? Magnifique!
Quality of Service:
The bar at Boot is manned by one barista; so, you are ensured to receive the ultimate personalized service. In my case, I was welcomed and served by a charming young English woman who waited patiently for my order and entertained mon pas bien français.
Quality of Product:
I ordered a café crème (€4) and a bagel with cream cheese and jam (€4). The espresso used was Brazil Sitio Cachoerinha from Berlin’s Five Elephant. It was rich, smooth, and chocolaty. I’m not usually fond of bagels, but these bagels were definitely made with love from local food hub, Bob’s Bake Shop.
Quality of Atmosphere:
Stay for an hour and you’ll learn just how small the Parisian cafe community is. Everyone knows everyone. Not surprising for a closet-sized café with one barista and three modest tables. Like an episode of Cheers, the usual customers arrive like clockwork, greeting the barista by name, and giving a run down of the local café gossip, over their brew of choice. Who’s hiring, who’s leaving, who’s dating, who’s aspiring; prime gossip topics.
This cafe will easily become my 2nd home in Paris. Hence why I am giving it such a high comfort rating. Good food. Great coffee. Exceptional community. What’s not to love!?!
As always, thank you for reading and joining me on this #internationalcoffeejourney