When it comes to the third wave of coffee in Paris, you’d better live in the eastern parts of the city. Most of the new Parisian coffeeshops tend to settle around Republique and the Canal Saint-Martin. Cream went even further, and made a bold move when it opened up in Belleville. Belleville — one of the best neighborhoods to find cheap and delicious Chinese food — has not yet been affected by the hip trend that some may have noticed in Paris these days. The small space is definitely not the most glamorous, but it’s really welcoming and we loved the industrial touches here and there.
TO CREAM OR NOT TO CREAM
The beans are from the now famous roaster Brûlerie Belleville, which is known for supplying Melali, Holybelly or My Little Cup to name only a few. Sorry to disappoint, but I didn’t go with the café creme. The regular coffee is outstanding though, well balanced with little to no aciditiy and a silky texture.
But you would really miss something at Cream by sticking with coffee. The homemade gingerbread is simply one of the best I’ve ever had in Paris, and it comes toasted with butter. The dosage of spices and honey was particularly pleasant. We also had (homemade) English muffins, which were phenomenal as well. The last time we ate so well in a coffeeshop was at another anglo-saxon joint, Bob’s Bake Shop of course.
Budget: about €3 for coffee, and about the same for the gingerbread or the English muffins.