Paris coffee vs. Melbourne coffee. This promises to be quite the showdown.
Paris may be the city of romantic terraces, but Melbourne has an artisanal café for every French brasserie. Parisians may shot espresso like nobody else, but Melbournians are the ultimate latte afficionados. Paris’ coffee world may be centuries old, but Melbourne’s is cutting edge.
For several years now, a number of French cafés, crêperies and pastry shops have been gaining an excellent reputation in Melbourne.
Some of the finest Paris-style cafés in Melbourne include:
Dépôt de pain, Rathdowne St Carlton
Noisette, Bay St Port Melbourne
Roule Galette, Flinders Ln CBD
Madame Sousou, Brunswick St Fitzroy
But this trend goes both ways. Over the last few years, Australian cafés have also been taking over Paris.
Some of the hottest Aussie-run coffee spots in the city of light are:
KB Café Shop, rue des Martyrs 75009
Coutume, rue de Babylone 75007
Tuckshop, rue Lucien Sampaix 75010
Lockwood, rue d’Abkoubir 75002
Whether you’re a Melbournian francophile or an expat in Paris, be sure to explore these cultural crossovers.
After all, good coffee is a universal pleasure.
By Gemma King.
Japan-born, Seattle-dwelling designer Ryoko’s coffee blog, I Love Coffee.
Gemma’s series with Epicure and Culture on coffee cities around the world.