This article was very fun to make. I, together with the super talented photographer Laura Macias , went out to check five coffee shops in Bordeaux. There are plenty of nice coffee places in Bordeaux, with quality coffee, beautiful design and a great atmosphere so choosing this list wasn’t an easy task. So how did I choose these five? First, all of them have amazing coffee and a cozy atmosphere. But I also wanted them to be spread out around the city so every coffee in this article is located in a different district of Bordeaux. And last but not least, as most of my readers are English speakers I chose coffee places that are English friendly. In all of them, the owners and most of the staff speak English and you don’t have to break your tongue when ordering a coffee. So let’s start discovering the best coffee places in Bordeaux!

Café Piha

This place, I must admit, is my coffee place of choice when I hang out with my girlfriends, I discovered it through my Kiwi friend Julie and it’s on our list ever since. The place is owned by Pierre Guerin, one of the nicest and most welcoming people in coffee land. The name Piha combines two of his big loves: kite surfing and coffee. Piha is the name of a surfing village in New Zealand, where Pierre used to live and surf for quite a while and where he learned the barista craft. Coming back to France, knowing that he wanted to continue his journey in the coffee industry, he started working as a Barista in the KB Cafeshop in Paris and then in Loomi cafe where he learned to roast coffee. Several years ago he and his wife Carole moved to Bordeaux, her hometown. After a stint in Arcachon, where he created the MaxiCoffee, two years ago he and his wife decided to open their own coffee place in the center of Bordeaux.

Piha cafe

Piha was opened in February 2017 in what was previously a print shop. With the help of his interior designer friend they designed this elegant coffee shop, with mostly sofas instead of chairs to make you feel comfortable when you meet your friends for a coffee.  

Pierre really loves his staff, you can see that he genuinely appreciates their contribution to the success of this place. From Pauline, the manager and tea expert to Joslin the Barista and Angele, the chef, who’s also responsible for the delicious desserts on the bar (you must try the homemade chocolate cookies). Most of Piha’s clients are people from the neighborhood and while Pierre loves Bordeaux his real dream is to move closer to the sea where he can roast his coffee and surf everyday.

What else?
They offer a brunch every Saturday and the first Sunday of every month. On Saturdays, Pierre hosts coffee workshops and from the little course we received while making this article, I can assure you that it’s worth your time. Pierre has plenty of interesting collaborations with other places in the city. Other cafes use his roasted coffee and he sells other craft products in Piha (a local beer for example). These days he and Carole are developing their online shop selling freshly ground coffee roasted in the shop in Bordeaux, check it out here.

Address: 69 Rue des Ayres, 33000, Bordeaux
Opening hours: Monday 10:00 – 18:30, Tuesday to Friday 8:30 to 18:30, Saturday 10:00 to 18:30. Find them on: Website, Facebook, Instagram

L’Alchimiste Café Boutique

We now move to the fancy district of Quinconces and to one of the most popular coffee addicts places, L’Alchimiste Café. Arthur Audibert is a pioneer in specialty coffee roasting in Bordeaux. After working for a decade in consulting in Paris, he came back to his home area to open the first roastery in Bordeaux. He was influenced by his many travels abroad where he tasted quality coffee and decided to contribute his part in developing the coffee culture in France. Five years ago he opened a roastery, L’Alchimiste torréfacteur de cafés d’exception, in Darwin. In the first year, he was roasting coffee for other establishments in Bordeaux, mostly serving fancy restaurants and hotels.

alchimiste bordeaux

After a year he was joined by Yohan Caunegre, another caffe enthusiast who wanted to learn from the master and open the coffee scene to the wider public. After living in Australia and working in a coffee shop, Yohan wanted to bring the rising culture of coffee shops with a quality cafe to Bordeaux. In 2016, in addition to their roastery in Darwin they opened their coffee shop on a cute paved street not far from hotel de ville, Rue de la Vieille Tour. Albeit the central location, opening the cafe on that street was a gamble as at that time it wasn’t such a popular spot. Today, when you see this popular street with all the beautifully designed boutiques and pastries on the way to the coffee shop it’s easy to see the gamble paid off.

This cozy little place is divided into three areas: the bar, the sitting room with a few little tables surrounded by forest themed wall decorations and a small gallery with changing works of art, chosen by Virginie, Arthur’s wife. The name, L’alchimiste comes for the idea of transformation – the fact that the product starts from a fruit and transforms into a coffee.
This place is all about coffee, they don’t serve food, and the only snacks you can get are the cakes on the bar. Their coffee mostly comes from Central America and Eastern Africa (Ethiopia and Kenya).

What else?
The first Saturday of every month they hold a 2 hours workshop of tasting and brewing coffee. The price is 10 euros and you can register on their website. Next Autumn is going to be big for the guys! They will open a new coffee shop in Darwin, where apart from their amazing coffee they will make their own pastry and natural juices.

Address: 12 Rue de la Vieille Tour, 33000, Bordeaux /Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 8:30 to 18:00, Saturday 10:00 to 18:00 /Find them on: Website, Facebook, Instagram

Café Gusco

We finally get to the female representative on the list and for that, I will make you leave the center of Bordeaux. Gusco is run by Pauline Savin and is located in the Meriadeck district, distant from the buzz of Bordeaux center. Just a few minutes walk from Hotel de Ville you’ll get to a tiny square with turquoise tables from where you can spot the beautiful welcoming smile of Pauline.

Gusco Bordeaux

Pauline started her career in the wine industry and learned to appreciate good coffee through her husband, a distributor of coffee beans. He used to bring home samples of green coffee which they would taste together. After many exhausting years in the wine industry and after becoming a mom, Pauline decided to open her own business. It took a trip to New-York, which included a marathon of visiting coffee places, for her to decide to open a coffee place back home. She wanted to prove that good coffee culture can exist in France. Another brave decision was to roast her own coffee in order to own its taste. As someone who didn’t come from the coffee word, she had to learn everything from scratch and this girl definitely owns it!

In June 2017 she opened her specialty coffee place, Gusco. The name is a combination of the names of her kids Gustav and Colombe. The place is small but beautifully designed. It is a combination of many ideas she saw in other coffee shops as well as Portuguese touches as its a country she really loves. I especially loved the sofa with the hanging tables. They cook their own food and many customers actually come to Gusco for lunch. Pauline is super funny and charming and makes you feel at home in a second, and if you combine that with her great coffee, it’s really worth the walk.

Address: 2 Rue Ligier, 33000, Bordeaux /Opening hours: Monday 8:30 – 14:30, Tuesday to Friday 8:30 to 18:00, Saturday 9:00 to 12:00/ Find them on: Facebook, Instagram

La Pelle Café

We are moving from the historic center of Bordeaux to the northern chic neighborhood of Chartrons. A charming street like notre dame, deserves a beautiful place like La Pelle Cafe. The founders of the place is Carlos Pereira and his wife Paula.

pelle cafe bordeaux

Carlos, originally from Brazil, was surrounded by coffee from an early age and says he was always the one making coffee for his family so it’s no surprise he chose it as his profession. He left Brazil at the age of 26 and moved to Italy where he started his career in the coffee world. His first city in France was Paris, where he was one of the associates in a specialty coffee place, called Coutume Cafe.

In the end of 2015, he and his wife Paula have decided to move to Bordeaux and open their own little coffee place. While searching for the perfect place for their new “baby” they fell in love with the Chartrons neighborhood, and I can definitely see why. They are located on one of the most pleasant streets of Bordeaux, and they perfectly fit there with their chic design. The idea behind it is to make the bar the main scene with the baristas being the main actors in the play. The name Pelle comes from the Italian and Portuguese word for skin and it’s also the name of a coffee shovel in French.

He’s a real advocate for quality coffee and if you are interested in expanding your knowledge about different types of coffee and roasting he’s your guy.  Pelle cafe usually has coffee from 10 different origins, from countries like Costa rica, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Brazil, Colombia, Salvador and Guatemala. They try to educate people about the coffee they drink and enrich their experience beyond just drinking coffee.Left to the bar you’ll notice coffee related equipment on sale that will help you make your own quality coffee at home, with some guidance from Carlos himself of course.

What else: From time to time Carlos runs coffee tasting workshops, you can see more details on their facebook page.

Address: 29 rue Notre Dame, 33000, Bordeaux/ Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 to 18:00, Thursday 9:00 – 22:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 18:00/ Find them on: Website, Facebook, Instagram

Cofete B

Coming back to the heart of the historic center we are heading to Cofete B in the saint Pierre district. Although it’s located in one of the most touristic areas in Bordeaux, it’s not very easy to spot and I discovered it through a friend who lives in the area. The owner is Lizbel Lombardi. Born in Peru, raised in Germany, studied in England and moved to France following her French boyfriend who she met in Spain. Quite an international gal.

cofete b bordeaux

Lizbel’s story is about not giving up and having a lot of patience and optimism to follow your dreams. Her studies and career in England looked very different from what she does now. After several years in the hospitality industry she arrived to Bordeaux with no prior knowledge of French and had to find work and reinvent herself. During her student years in London she had worked as a Barista is a coffee shop, where she got equipped with the techniques and with a dream to have her own place. Finding the right place wasn’t easy and took a very long time. But with her ambition and the support of her boyfriend and his family she opened Cofete B, less  than a year ago. She chose this location because she wanted something central but on a small street for it to feel cozy and something that would draw the neighbors in. The name has a special meaning to her. Cofete is a beach in fuerteventura in Spain where she and her boyfriend met (yes, very romantic I know) and B stands for Bordeaux, barista and bio food.

While her coffee is amazing, it’s the food that gets her excited and she made it the focus of the place.The food is mainly vegetarian and there are always vegan options so for all of my vegan readers, here’s a great place for you. Saturday and Sunday are the brunch days and they have become very popular. On Sundays the place gets so busy that you have to book in advance.

Most of the clients are locals who come for a coffee in the middle of the week and then come back with their kids for a brunch on the weekend. You can see that people really love her, they come in and give her a bissou and tell her personal stuff about their lives. Others just come by to say hello on their way home. I can see why, she’s a really loveable person. Her vision for the place is a neighborhood coffee shop where people come to talk and be with friends.

What else?
One of the spaces in the cafe is quite isolated from the bar and that allows for hosting different events, which is something Lizbel really loves. As she’s busy with making the food and coffee, the events are not coffee related. It can be anything from a language exchange to yoga.

Address: 22 Rue Chai des Farines 33000, Bordeaux/ Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 to 18:30, Sunday 11:00 to 16:00/ Find them on: Facebook, Instagram

All these beautiful photos were taken by Laura, you can see her other amazing photos from Bordeaux and other places on her website and instagram.

Hope you enjoyed our list!!! I would love to read about your favorite coffee places in Bordeaux in the comments below!



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4 Comments

  1. I’m definitely going to try these out, thanks for sharing! I also recommend Kuro for coffee and lots of homemade goodies!

    • Ira Szmuk Reply

      Thanks Barbara… I really love Kuro but I wanted one coffee from every neighborhood and they were too close to Alchimiste 🙂

  2. Thanks heaps for this awesome article. Being a coffee lover, I now have 3 new places to try!
    Also love Kuro, great coffee place next to ‘le grand theatre’.

    • Ira Szmuk Reply

      Thanks so much Aurelie!! Did you end up going to any of them?

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