Paris isn’t all romance, art, and the tantalizing aroma of freshly baked croissants. For five days of the week, believe it or not, we happen to be working.
As a freelancer, and a digital nomad, my apartment can get stuffy, and Parisian cafés often close early or have signs with a computer crossed out like a smoke-free symbol in an airplane.
When the sun sets over this enchanting city, the need for productivity doesn’t rest. It just comes with a glass of red wine and a stylish space to work.
I’ve seen many, many of these lists with the famous Parisian “co-workings”, which have made a good business out of charging per hour. This guide aims to give you the best experience, without having to pay (well, for anything you don’t want to purchase).
In this guide you’ll find:
- 8 charming lounges and cafés to work for free
- Their ambiances, addresses and hours
- My top pick
So, here’s are the best free, late-night havens for those who thrive in the quietude of Parisian nights.
1. Hoxton Paris
Welcome to the heart of the Sentier district, where the grand doors of the Hoxton Paris beckon with its chic, artistic vibe.
Within a 300-year-old building, this is my favorite abode to meet and work around other creative souls. With its enchanting courtyard, warmly lit interiors, and an array of comfortable seating, Hoxton Paris is perfect for a full day of working and sipping iced tea that slowly transitions to Burgundy.
The ambiance is a harmonious blend of vintage charm and modern luxury. Normally, the space is lo-fi, jazz, and relaxed, but warning, it can be a bit busy around dining hours. I just tell the server I’m moving, and hit my escape into one of the quieter rooms.
30-32 rue du Sentier, 75002 Paris, France
2. La Recyclerie
For those who crave an eco-friendly environment that combines work and relaxation, La Recyclerie is a hidden gem.
This unique space is located in an old railway station and boasts a relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for night owls. The café has a rustic, upcycled aesthetic that showcases the beauty of sustainable design.
As you lose yourself in your work, enjoy organic and locally sourced refreshments. La Recyclerie has a cozy, inviting atmosphere. They also host numerous events, making it an ideal place to engage with a creative community.
83 Bd Ornano, 75018 Paris, France
Fri-Sat Hours: 10am-2am
3. Maison Mère
In the 9th arrondissement, you’ll find Maison Mère, a place that combines the charm of a boutique hotel with the comfort of a co-working space.
Maison Mère is perfect for those who want to indulge in a productive day and night in the heart of Paris. Whether you need a caffeine boost, a glass of wine, or a light meal to fuel your creativity, this charming establishment has it all.
Open 24/7, it’s a haven for the night owls who like to work, study, or just ponder life’s mysteries. The interiors are elegant and comfortable, more of a strict co-working space, and the staff is friendly and accommodating.
7 Rue Mayran, 75009 Paris, France
4. Top Pick: Pavillon des Canaux
In the picturesque 19th arrondissement, on the banks of Canal de l’Ourcq, Pavillon des Canaux is a quirky haven for those seeking inspiration. This café is unique in that it resembles a cozy, eclectic home with a variety of rooms to explore. Each room has its own unique design, ensuring that you can find the perfect space to spark your creativity.
Pavillon des Canaux offers a variety of beverages and dishes to keep you fueled, from gourmet coffee to hearty, home-cooked meals. It’s a place where you can escape into a world of comfort and charm while you work into the night.
39 Quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris, France
5. Le 4 Casino
Located steps away from the Champs-Elysees, le 4 Casino aims to be a new take on a grocery store. How? By adding a co-working space.
With its relaxed atmosphere and welcoming staff, it’s an ideal spot for students, night owls, and those who need to buy groceries. Whether you prefer a peaceful corner to study or a lively environment to work in, this café accommodates all.
The menu at Le 4 Casino is extensive, featuring everything from café au lait to green tea.
4 Av. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris, France
6. La Gaité Lyrique
La Gaité Lyrique is a cultural center, creative hub, and a place to work all in one. Located near Arts et Métiers, this place is all about innovation, exploration, and creativity. It hosts a wide range of events, from art exhibitions to live music, making it an exciting place to be during the night.
With a friendly staff, a café with a variety of treats, and a lively atmosphere, La Gaité Lyrique is perfect for those who need a creative atmosphere for inspiration. It’s a place where the boundaries between work and play blur, and creativity knows no limits.
3bis Rue Papin, 75003 Paris, France
7. Starbucks Opera
I know, I know–Starbucks? Really?
But sometimes, you need the comforting familiarity of a global chain. Enter Starbucks Opera, strategically located in the heart of Paris. Honestly, it is one of the options for those who seek the reliability of a well-known chain while enjoying the late-night hours.
With mirrors, chandeliers, and murals, the architecture of this particular store is absolutely stunning.
The café offers your signature frappuccinos, banana bread, and iced tea to keep your energy levels up. Thanks to its central location, near the 14, 8, and 1 lines, each Starbucks can be an option, but this is the best one.
3 Bd des Capucines, 75002 Paris, France
8. Bibliothèque Publique d’Information (BPI)
For an academic setting perfect for research and deep work, the Bibliothèque Publique d’Information, or BPI, is the place to be. Located in the Centre Pompidou, this public library is open until 10 p.m., offering an inspiring space for study and contemplation.
BPI is not your typical library. With its modern design and extensive collection, it’s a place where you can dive into your research, explore books, and connect with like-minded individuals. The panoramic views of Paris from the library are an added bonus, providing a breathtaking backdrop to your late-night endeavors.
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
Whether you’re a student burning the midnight oil, an artist seeking inspiration, or an entrepreneur with a vision that refuses to rest, Paris has a place for you. I recall moving to this city, and I felt like I had no late-night options. The cafés were for people watching, gossiping, but not getting work done.
From the charming Hoxton Paris to the eco-conscious La Recyclerie, the elegant Maison Mère, and the creative haven of La Gaité Lyrique, there’s a late-night spot in Paris for everyone.
Later I learned that the city’s cafes and lounges are more than just places to work; they’re spaces where novels begin and ideas take root. The spirit of this magnificent city becomes a part of your own creative journey. Paris can seem like a sleepy town, but when the muse calls in the quiet hours of the night, gaze out the window onto this dreamy city, and let those ideas take form.