Shakespeare and Company

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. 

Shakespeare and Company   The iconic store has been nestled into this prime position (with its pinch-yourself view of Notre-Dame) since 1951, and a pilgrimage-like destination for lovers of literature, including lauded authors and misty-eyed writers-to-be. (Originally Le Mistral, the shop was reborn after Sylvia Beach gifted founder George Whitman the name of her own legendary bookstore, which had welcomed the likes of Ernest Hemingway back in the 1920s). […]

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