As a side note, I have many memories from University on Rue Chapon. It’s a lovely street near the Pompidou with various gross sales shops and beautiful buildings with shadow-filled streets. But now there’s a new hub on this very quaint rue: Café Loustic.
Café Loustic was opened oh so recently by coffee connoisseur and avid Yelper, Channa. Let’s just say his taste in déco is unlike any other café I know of in Paris. It’s perfection. The tones are relaxing and are as cozy as can be. The wallpaper is sublime, and from the tiles to the the bench of seats facing the shelf of deliciously plump tartes and treats, your eyes will wander. Every pattern goes together just perfectly, and it’s got this sort-of-rustic-vintage-industrial-chic feel that makes me crave an espresso as soon as I walk in. Like a sudden need for a burst of energy.
The café itself is set up in a way that is wonderful for a chit-chat, with the people you came with, or for other coffee lovers sipping one of Channa’s delicious brews next to you.
The grub comes on and off from the fabulous Kale Project, Sugar Daze as well as Emperor Norton (see the fancy sandwich in the below). What I loved the most was that the sandwich was toasted and not microwaved, which made it nice and crispy yummy… not too big and not too small. For lunch they’ve got deals with quiches and salads with a bevvie and the likes. Or even pop in for a sweet and espresso for an afternoon pick-me-up. But be careful, you’ll sink into the beautifully patterned, über comfortable couches in the back and getting up will seem slightly harder than you expected.
I’m pretty sure popping in here to sip an espresso once a week and flipping through a magazine before work would be the most amazing routine of all time.
A perfect spot for a cuppa and smiles. I’m anxious to learn more about coffee. He’s got some intense equipment & contraptions at Loustic.
40, rue Chapon, 75003
Tél: 09 80 31 07 06
Métro: Arts & Metiers (3) & Rambuteau (11)
Spring has had a late start. Even this weekend a way was chilly as can be, and we had to light the fireplace. But the sunshine on this particular Sunday gave us some hope.
My in-laws pretty much have the best taste of anyone else I’ve ever met. I always find a new trinket in their home that I haven’t seen before. Little knick knacks with so many stories. There really is an appreciation for the notion of home here.
We always eat well at the in-laws. We indulged in delicious red wines and eaux de vies with meals like côte de boeuf and confit de canard. The main dishes are always sided with epic salads, veggies and delicious dips. We are lucky kids when at that dinner table!
This time I decided I was going to make a little something to hit home one night…. I made a broccoli & bacon mac ‘n cheese for my in laws. I was quite proud of. Since we didn’t have access to cheddar cheese, we used cantal, emmental, comté, and parmesan. It turned out just perfect, and it was just the meal I needed on such a chilly weekend. With a glass of red wine next to the fire place, it was pure magic. To top it off, Olivia joined us this weekend in Montargis, so we had the chance to taste her delicious carrot cake for dessert and breakfast the next day.
The hearty dishes warmed us up. It was the perfect weekend for relaxing and a stroll through a nearby town when the sun came out on the second day.
But now, Paris, we are ready for actual Spring. The joke is over. I’ve been missing the sun rays and squinty-eyed Parisians.
We’re almost there.
Colorova is one of my favorite places in Paris.
I just love the way it’s decorated, the variety on their menu and the different ways you can experience the place: breakfast, brunch, lunch, to-go, high tea… it’s just fantastic.
One of the things that sets Colorova apart from most places is the burst of color and its unique personality. I just love the colorful chairs, contrasting patterns, ethnic spunk and modern wall art.
It’s a breath of fresh air when you walk in. It feels so wholesome, cozy and interestingly natural.
To read more about Colorova, you can see some previous posts here and here.