If you order it at the bar and imbibe it while standing, an espresso in Paris costs between €1.20 and €1.50. In an expensive city like Paris, this is a perfectly acceptable amount price for coffee.
But if €1.20 is too much and you feel like a free shot, head for one of four Nespresso outlets in Paris. Locals stock up on coffee refills for their home machines at Nespresso. The store on the Left Bank—at 126 rue du Bac just behind the Bon Marche department store—has a cool minimalist feel. Signature color-coded capsules are sold in sleek black tubes stacked in cubic shelves along the walls.
At the back of the store is a tasting bar with three machines and a selection of 14 different coffees to choose from, including two decaffeinated varieties. There’s no environmentally toxic plastic or styrofoam here, either—the coffee comes in delightful white porcelain cups. In the fall of 2007, Nespresso plans to open a flagship store on the Champs Élysées.
Nespresso’s locations can be found here. Stores are open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.