2 Google Fonts Similar to Maison Neue

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Maison Neue is a sans-serif font designed by Timo Gaessner in 2012. It is an overhaul of the original Maison font. It's updates make it so the font displays better on web and mobile.

This newish font is gaining lots of traction in the past couple of years.

So lets take a deep dive into two good Google Font alternatives for those design projects on a budget.

What Google Fonts are Similar to Maison Neue?

The best Google Fonts that are similar to Maison Neue are:

  • Lato
  • Open Sans

Either one of these fonts is going to be a good alternative. Both of them are similar to Maison Neue, but there are a few differences.

Lets jump into each one to cover both the similarities and the differences.


Lato is probably going to be your best bet when trying to find a Google Font that closely matches Maison Neue. It does a great job in matching almost all the lowercase letters. Both are clean looking sans-serif fonts.

The major difference in lowercase is the "g". It sticks out like a sore thumb, but does great on all the other letters.

In the uppercase, the main differences are going to be in the "J", "Q", and "M". Aside from these three, the other letters are a pretty close match.

Go ahead and compare for yourself.

Open Sans

Open Sans will also work as a good alternative. Much like Lato, the lowercase "g" really sticks out. You will also find a difference in the lowercase "y" too. Aside from that, it does a great job matching a lot of the lower case letters.

Uppercase is also very similar. The main differences are going to be in the "Q", "G", and the "J'. Those you will be able to see pretty clearly. Otherwise, it is a pretty close match.

Take a look below.


As usual, free fonts never are a perfect match. Either one of these will work as a good alternative for any project on a budget.

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About the Author

Ben Smith is a professional web developer who dabbles in design. He created this site as an ongoing catalog of free alternative fonts for when the premium font just won't work. He currently writes for this site as well as his own personal blog.