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)
Sometimes a dinner out is exactly what I need. It’s always a tickle to my tummy to have to pick a restaurant for a date. This particular evening, Louis and I picked L’Eclair, a somewhat new spot on Rue Cler in the 7th arrondissement. I had been here for cocktails a few times prior, but always drooled when I saw them serve the food. It was destiny to go back for a date with my chou.
Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking at home, but a little push to treat ourselves for a dinner out every once in a while is a nice change of pace. Wouldn’t you say?
L’Eclair’s cocktail list is pretty rad. And unique. You can even do cocktails to share, punch-style, people. I stuck with my favorite cocktail there, the Navy Tea (Hendrick’s gin, fresh cucumber, honey, lime & Ginger Ale). Louis went with the Julep which was decked out with some fruit & mint and adorably crushed ice. I totally dig their Maker’s Mark cups. I’ve got to find me some of those…
The menus themselves are even lovely. The fonts & style. Yum!
And of course concerning the grub. We both couldn’t resist burgers that night, they sounded too damn good. And they were delicious. Home run.
The atmosphere is a bit noisy, so this place isn’t recommended if you’re looking for a quite and calm place to chat and such. It’s rather dark, but with beautiful furniture and decoration with upbeat tunes and vintagy goodness. I dig the casual-ness of this bar. It’s quite trendy.
Completely off-topic, but I hear their brunch is to die for.
I definitely recommend L’Eclair for a date. Even for pre-dinner cocktails. And it’s like a 5 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower… just sayin’.
You can check them out on Facebook and on Yelp for visual proof and reviews.
32 rue Cler, 75007
Tél: 01 44 18 09 04
Métro: École Militaire/La Tour Maubourg (8)
The Baker neighborhood is one of my favorite areas in Denver. I love all of the old signs and the colorful storefronts. There are always new places popping up it seems every time I am back on the stateside.
Sugar Bake Shop & Coffee House is hidden on the western side of South Broadway more towards Denver, and it is precious as can be. Have you been?
I had a delicious espresso and a homemade raspberry oat bar that was just to die for. Allie had a homemade pop tart. It looked darn delicious as well. My eyes were switching every-which-way here, I just love the way the space is decorated. It’s full but also neat and organized at the same time. From the pompoms hanging from the ceiling to the wise words & wall art to the typewriters… it’s perfection at Sugar.
And Broadway in general sure is nice, too.
[Photo #10 & bottom by Allie Moore]
Something about stepping out onto South Broadway just makes me so happy. It’s so beautiful. All of the signs and colors. And with great company, what’s better? Allie and I hit up some awesome shops on Broadway. You can find a list of a few of my favorite places there here. I’ll have to update that bad boy when I’m home this summer. *ANXIOUS*.
Anyways, this particular day there were blinding sun rays. It was fantastic for the winter weather we had had the week prior. Sugar is totally the kind of place where I think to myself, HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS ALL ALONG. I want to go and be cozy and read there on coldy winter days. Or summer days. ANYDAY. What a perfect place to meet a friend for an afternoon coffee & snack.
It’s full of inspiration.
So Sugar, I’ll be seeing you very soon. And I’m stoked to try all of your snacks.
Speaking of sugar, I’ve been needing a lot of it lately. I find myself craving weird sweets like financiers and chocolate-covered pretzels. Maybe it’s the stress of exams and all. I’m already the type of person that puts far too much sugar in my coffee. Oops.
Sugar Bake Shop & Coffee House
Denver, CO 80203