Chai lovers, rejoice: Parisian baristas have come around to the seductiveness of creamy, spicy chai. You might not yet find it in every corner café, but the specialist spots that brew chai do it so well that a trek will be well rewarded. Five to try:
Café Loustic, 40 Rue Chapon 75003
The fabulously tall glass of day-fuelling chai comes in a choice of milks; the oat is magnifique.
Café Kitsune, 51 Galerie de Montpensier 75001
If you like your chai in sweet latte form, this will hit the spot, and you can’t beat the location; order to go, and sip as you stroll around the beautiful Palais-Royal gardens.
Wild & The Moon, 55 Rue Charlot 75003
Prefer your chai as healthy as they come? The homemade blend at Wild & The Moon, mixed with sprouted almond milk, is beautifully warming and nourishing. Order with a few vegan treats for some extra brownie points.
Shakespeare and Company Café, 37 Rue de la Bûcherie 75005
An organic sticky chai, it’s perfectly paired with this buzzy café’s luscious take on avocado toast.
Café Oberkampf, 3 Rue Neuve Popincourt 75011
One of the cool kids of the Paris café set, Oberkampf serves up a dirty chai — meaning it’s mixed with coffee, giving you an extra energy hit for exploring this exciting part of Paris.