The nice weather isn’t charming us with its presence this year I suppose. I’m in Colorado for a few weeks, and I’m thinking of my summer memories when this time of year was a heatwave of poolside goodness and sweaty hikes. In Paris this time of year it was thought to be Spring.
I was going through some old pictures, and I found images from this little adventure escaping from the chills with Olivia in the Marché Couvert des Batignolles one morning.
I had never been before, and boy, was I in for a surprise. There were so many various vendors, and since it was a weekday morning, we basically had the place to ourselves. Flowers, pastries, meat, dairy, fruits & veggies, regional stands…..this covered market has got it all, and was the perfect escape from the windy Parisian streets.
Olivia is a local there, so it was nice to stroll and interact with the vendors she goes to weekly to fill her basket.
The brightly colored flowers made my day.
To read more about the Marché Couvert des Batignolles, check out Olivia’s blog posts.
One of the May Yelp Elite events was held a the snazzy restaurant near République, Le Cabinet de Sa Majesté. This resto is owned by he folks who run Les Fils à Maman and Le Petit Resto Dans La Prairie (ring a bell?)
This evening was finishing off a beautifully sunny day, which was long-fully waited for by the Parisians. The staff opened up the windows and the fresh spring air oozed it. It was perfection.
What I loved about this restaurant as soon as I walked in was it’s personality. They had vintage shelves left and right with brass and metal touches on the walls. Frames holding insects or mirrors, maps and randomness, with exposed stones on one side… not to mention beautiful lights up around the bar. I was in awe of their mix-matching chairs.
Elodie & Lali had some darn clever Eliter gifts this time; the socks & temporary tattoos are personal favorites of mine. Even the Yelp accessories up for grabs were in adorable buckets and tins on the tables throughout the restaurant. C’était vraiment trop chou.
As you can see, the menu that night had quite the list of treats. I had tasted nothing like their cheesecake every before, and they boast about the sablé Petits Lu Nutella et Banane as it is a house specialty. Whenever the food came out on their big wooden plaques, everyone’s cameras and iPhones formed a paparazzi around them. Priceless.
Special thanks to the staff of Le Cabinet de Sa Majesté for organizing such a fantastic event, and also to Elodie & Lali for their Yelp awesomeness.
To check out more photos fromt that night, check out Yelp Paris’s Flickr page, as well as Brasilité’s post on the event.
Are you a Yelper? I must say that it is such a lovely community to be a part of. Food lovers in Paris? It really can’t get much better than this.
Cabinet de Sa Majesté
4 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 75011
Tél: 01 43 55 14 40
Métro: République (3,5,8,9,11)
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)