KB CaféShop (formerly Kooka Boora)

WHERE: 53 avenue Trudaine, 75009 (9ème arrondissement)
WHEN: Mon-Fri 7:30am-6:30pm; Sat-Sun 9am-6:30pm.
HOW MUCH: 3.5€ for a flat white
METRO: Pigalle (lines 2, 12)
BEANS: Belleville Brûlerie & occasional guest roasters
FOOD: Lots of delicious sweet and savoury food, all made on the premises
CONTACT: Facebook; Tel: +33 9 66 13 79 10

KB Caféshop has a very good reputation in the Paris coffee scene, attracting not only fussy foreigners, but also home-grown, hard-core coffee heads as well as curious and experimental locals. The owner, a Frenchman named Nicolas Piégay, learnt about specialty coffee during his many world travels and, after working in Sydney as a barista in 2007, decided to dedicate himself to the cause. Following years of hard work and commitment, Nicolas' dreams came to fruition when he opened his café in 2010.

Jiving to a soundtrack of consistently good music, the talented team at KB Caféshop never fail to provide quality coffee. As far as food goes, it is all home made on the premises by the resident chef Julie, and the selection includes soups, sandwiches, quiches, salads, scones, cakes, toast, and other exciting things. Serving sizes are ample and definitely reasonable for the price. They also do a tasty range of freshly made juices and smoothies. 

Click here for a PDF of the menu.

KB Caféshop is in a nice area, just off la rue des Martyrs, which is full of cool little shops and cafés and is the subject of the song Dans la salle du bar-tabac de la rue des Martyrs. It is, however, close to Montmartre and the associated tourist crowd, which means that, despite the café's numerous seating options, it can sometimes be tricky to find a place to sit. No pasa nada. Weather permitting, get a takeaway coffee and walk down the street to Notre-Dame-de-Lorette or across to St. Georges. Otherwise, wait patiently until a seat becomes free, at which point you can either sit in the funky interior and talk to strangers, or take a table on the sizeable terrace and join the French in their national sport of people watching. 

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