Paris has no shortage of charmingly French cafés and bistros to stop by for an espresso and a cigarette while you stare off into the distance imagining your best Parisian life. Paperboy is not one of these. Paperboy is a lunchy cafe for the people. The cool kids of Paris who hang out in the 11e and want a spot to chat up a friend, grab a bite, hang out a bit in the small but inviting space.
The daytime cafe serves up hot and cold coffees and teas as well as brunch sets and sandwiches that feel vaguely American (Californian, if I may?) but in a more stylish way because after all, we’re still in Paris. The space evokes a sense of casual street style, as do the hipsters coming in and out. On weekends, it’s a bustling brunch spot. On a weekday afternoon, it actually makes for a decent coffee shop to get some work done.
Go here for: a casual lunch, a low key weekday brunch
Order this: a formule brunch (comes with a choice of main, juice, hot drink and bread basket), or for lunch get a sandwich set with soup and a drink – check out their daily specials too
Amount of time to spend: about an hour for a casual meal, maybe a bit longer if you’re coming for a weekend brunch
When to come: weekdays and afternoons are a lot more chill, weekend brunch times can be crowded
Getting here: it’s just around the corner from the Oberkampf station (5, 9), and also just a short walk from Filles du Calvaire (8).
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Last visited: May 2019
Last updated: May 2021