ParisCoffee is Always a Good Idea.”
Oh, Ob-La-Di Café. You are just one lane over from being too cute. Maybe even just a bike lane.
In any event, Ob-La-Di is exactly what I’ve been looking for in Paris for as long as I can remember: drinkable espresso, open early-ish (or in this case in August) and some charm!
These folks at Ob-La-Di knew exactly what they were doing, down to the copper piping, Grecian tile motif and America’s ubiquitous avocado toast. But they are still French, and thank butter (I’m not sure about you but butter is a holy object to me) for that because our orange marmalade scones in the U.S. taste nothing like that of the French.
We made some friends while hanging out at Ob-La-Di, which is next door to one of my other all-time favorite Parisian hangs: Candelaria. We were commiserating over how hard it was to find decent coffee in Paris. Until now. Our new Canadian friend hit the nail on the head:
The only development in Paris for a long time was Starbucks. And that was only good if you needed to find a toilet.
Now there are at least a dozen or so cafés taking coffee seriously all over Paris including Fondation, Télescope (one of the first, if not the first as far as I know), Ten Belles, Boot Cafe, and even Kitsuné.
Pro tips. While in Paris it’s best not to rely on what Google says in terms of opening and closing hours. If you can, it’s best to call if you are going out of your way to go someplace. Whenever I was in an area where I didn’t know where to get a good fix, I consulted this map.
Update! See a slideshow of my photos and descriptions of Ob-La-Di and my other favorites for a feature on Refinery29 HERE.