Amongst the plethora of bistros and cafes in Paris, which all tend to feel a bit monotonous after a little while, I was adamant to find something a little different and unique. My requirements were it had to have a nice view, free wifi, and good coffee — not much to ask for right? And boy did I succeed!

This place is called Sesame on Canal Saint Martin and is where you will find me on most afternoons working on my laptop, sipping a freshly squeezed juice and munching on a New York style bagel. It serves up one of the best brunches in Paris I have seen thus far, and has a New York-style inspired menu with toasted bagels and all the healthy fillings from cream cheese and salmon to roast beef and mustard. The menu is simple and delicious, and focuses on using fresh seasonal and organic produce. It has a cool kitschy retro vibe about it, sells local independent artists work on its walls and holds exhibitions and design events throughout the year. The staff are warm and welcoming (and speak English for those of you who are struggling with the language like me!). Although it can get busy on the weekends, it’s the perfect spot for some peace and quiet if you need a place to work away from the hustle and bustle of Paris.

Sesame is located at:
51, quai de Valmy
Metro: Goncourt/Republique