Café Craft






What: Café Craft
Where: 24 Rue des Vinaigriers 75010 (10ème arrondissement)
Contact: Web; Facebook
Phone: +33 1 40 35 90 77
When: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 10am-7pm
Métro: Jacques Bonsergent (line 5); République (lines 3, 5, 9, 11)
Price for a café crème: 4E (3.50E takeaway)
Food: Quite a selection

This recent addition to the ever-expanding collection of tasty coffee joints in Paris arrived at around the same time as Ten Belles, on the other side of the Canal Saint Martin. It's also just around the corner from Tuck Shop, another café I've been meaning to investigate. I was happy to see upon arrival that Lomi coffee beans were being used. Add to this the hipster vibe it gave off and un vrai café was guaranteed. 

At the back of the café there were about fifteen or so well-dressed bobos, all probably electronically scribbling their latest creative endeavours into their shiny new MacBooks. Cynicism aside though, it makes for a great work environment, with wifi on offer and myriad power points on the long communal table. It is also in a quiet street, tucked away nicely from the hustle and bustle of République and rue du Faubourg du Temple. Everything is brand new and squeaky clean, there is a lot of space to stretch your legs and they even have a little bench outside for those with café-clope needs.

It is definitely a nice area to check out once you've satisfied your caffeine craving. A good route is to walk from la rue du Faubourg du Temple, all the way up the Canal, then keep going up to Jaurès and Stalingrad, at which point you can choose to continue on to the Canal de l'Ourcq, or head into le Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Paris' biggest park. If you go to the Canal in summer you can buy a couple of beers in a local épicerie and sit down by the water until the sun sets, or until the local rangers tell you that you can't drink in the area after 9pm, whichever comes first.  

Back to the matter at hand. Indeed I was served, as I had hoped, a proper cup of coffee in a proper coffee cup (say that ten times faster). My friend ordered a cup of tea, which came in one of those elaborate Bodum tea apparatuses. She said it tasted nice. There seemed to be a variety of food on offer, including pasta salad served in a hiptastic jar and some pastries. 

When I asked Thomas, the owner over at Ten Belles, if it'd been an issue that this other, similar café had opened around the same time at such close proximity, he said no. Apparently Augustin, the owner of Craft, had aimed to open a place that provided a comfortable work environment for people who really wanted to have some good coffee while tap-tapping away on their keyboards – a coffice, a term I heard coined in some article. On the contrary, as previously mentioned, Ten Belles is really for people who want good coffee, and who aren't going to hang around all day taking up space with their empty cups while others wait outside in the cold. 


As for Augustin, he said he'd discovered good coffee while living in New York. When he finished his studies in business he decided to combine his skills with his passion and open up a café. So far so good.

Either way, I was very happy with what I got. 


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3 comments:

  1. Had a couple of very good coffees at Craft. They close at 7pm which is great for people wanting to have a late coffee...

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  2. My favorite place to get work done in Paris. It operates a similar (though not identical) concept to Anti Cafe, in that you can pay based on time spent in the café (and unlike Anti Cafe, the coffee is actually good). If I remember correctly, they ask that you buy a 3.5 euros worth of food or drink for every 3 hours spent using the wifi... if you spend more, you get more time. If you're coming there to work this way, instead of paying at the beginning when you order, you get a ticket which you present when you're ready to leave that shows how long you've been there, and pay based on that (so if you stayed longer the time you bought with the food/drink, they'll charge you for it).
    I don't remember if the numbers I've given for prices are quite correct but that's the concept.
    The barista I had spoke French and English.

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  3. ** Edit to my earlier comment... it's 3 euros of consommation par 1 heure d'Internet... not 3 hours.

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