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Lately I’ve been slightly drowning a bit. Transitions are in the happenings and I’ve been trying to find motivation to get out and do things on the weekends, to maintain the social aspect of my life and discovering cozy new places in this fantastic city. I’ve been thinking about how I’d like to go to places that are just good at what they do. Places I can go away from home where I can just enjoy myself with no expectations of awesomeness or from hype. Just genuineness. It’s not as easy as it seems, eh? I find myself going somewhere because that is where everyone is going and sometimes after I leave, I think to myself, “I wonder if I’ll go back there”. How sad is that? Marlette stood out to me in many ways for its genuineness, so I had been quite anxious to check out their café for a little while, especially since I find their mixes so precious and clever. This particular day in question was filled with sun rays and surprisingly warm temperatures, so rolling out of bed to go and stroll through the 9th and see some girlfriends seemed like a bright idea.

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Café Marlette is a the new kid on the block of the rue des Martyrs, mand seems to be on everyone’s “to stop by” list lately. Marlette is at its origins a little brand sold across Paris, with little kits for baking delicious things (including gluten free kits!), created and run by 2 sisters. Their café features a section with all they’ve got to offer, and also a place for a delicious little breakfast. Lali, Faye, Anja and I decided to go one weekend morning.

We saw that it opened at 10am, so gave ourselves rendez-vous at this time (I am that asshole who is totally not in the mood to wait at a busy place), but we quickly found out that the kitchen only opens at 11am (not sure if that was communicated somewhere? I couldn’t find it). This little misunderstanding actually turned out for the best as the little fresh as can be breakfast menu was just perfect : a hot bevvie (coffee from Coutume), fresh juice, a fromage blanc or other little sweet treat, and a pastry of choice for 12 euros. I’ll just mention here that their banana bread is what the French would call a “tuerie”, incredibly delicious. As 11 o’clock rolled around and the wave of brunchers came in, we realized that the little breakfast was just we needed and that the brunch actually didn’t really seem worth it’s buck.

I’ll save my brunch frustrations in a later post.

I’d like to go back to Café Marlette for a goûter, a little snack and coffee with a dear one. The space is illuminous and minimalistic, cozy and modern, with precious finishing touches every left and right.

Check out Lali’s review on Café Marlette here.

Café Marlette
51 rue des Martyrs, 75009
Tél: 01.48.74.89.73
Métro: Pigalle (12/2), Saint Georges (12)

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A special thanks to the Pinterest France team for organizing such a margical soirée, everything about it was photo worthy.

Check out my Paris Guide on Pinterest here.

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I like my weekends to involve wandering the streets, discovering and tasting new things. In a bustling city like Paris, where new places pop up left and right, my ‘to try’ list on Yelp gets longer and longer and longer and more often than not I am a bit late to give the fab trendy new places a whirl. One Sunday afternoon with two lovies, Faye and Ylenia, we decided to give L’Eclair de Génie a try. We hid from the rain under the arcades of Les Archives Nationales, where we gave our picturesque éclairs a tasteroo, and then ran in the rain to the cozy Loustic for a little warm-up and stellar chai tea latte. Winter has been a bit off this year, back and forth between rainy days with chills and Spring-like days with sun rays. Sweets are most perfect in both cases…

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See Faye’s post on this lovely afternoon here.

Eclair de Génie
14 Rue Pavée, 75004
Tél: 01 42 77 85 11
Métro: Saint Paul (1)

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We zigzaged past the canal and ultimately followed the route of the line 2 metro line, one of the areas of Paris to discover more of. We strolled along the avenue stopping at windows filled with Algerian pastries and admired the street art while soaking up some winter sunbeams. Before we knew it we had arrived on the street of Paris’s new cookie shop, Scoop Me A Cookie, and other fabulous places like Le Perchoir or the Edith Piaf museum. What a rad neighborhood, right next to La Fine Mousse, too.

Holybelly
19 rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
Tél: 09 73 60 13 64
Métro: Jacques Bonsergent (5)

Scoop Me A Cookie
5/7 rue Crespin du Gast, 75011
Tél: 06 86 12 41 56
Métro: Ménilmontant (2)

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Café de Flore
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006
Tél: 01 45 48 55 26
Métro: Saint Germain des Prés (4)