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)
Denver has got some French spunk. There are actually quite a few French restaurants… I never really realized just how many until after I left.
The restaurant Le Central will always have a place in my heart.
It’s actually where I had one of my first jobs when I was 16. As this was prior to me moving to France for a year of high school, my French skills were decent I didn’t have many opportunities to exchange in the language. I totally had a field day answering the phone “Bonjour, Le Central” really emphasizing that I could handle the French “r”. I remember when French people would walk in I was so nervous to speak with them. I have a vivid memory of when my AP French class went here for lunch together for a field trip my senior year of high school. We were required to order in French (there were French waiters there at the time) and practice certain vocabulary. It seems like another life ago, before I had the knowledge I have now of the language.
When I’m in Denver, my mom and I like to come here for lunch. Traditions are nice.
Le Central is the ‘taste of Provence’ in Denver. Their menu changes daily, and are known in the mile high city for their wonderful moules-frites lunch and weekend brunch. Not to mention that they make their baguettes in-house.
Reservations are recommended.
112 E. 8th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Tél: 303 863 8094
I just love Chettinadu so much. Why go to any other place when I know I’ll be just so happy going here?
Café de l’Industrie just has so much charm. It’s the perfect place to take someone while they’re visiting Paris, and is great for almost any occasion. You can brunch, grab breakfast, a coffee, a drink, or have a 3 course delicious dinner with a group of 20 people! They have most traditional French dishes, and at a great price.
The interior is bohemian and fantastic, with vintage vibes and gitane touches covering the walls… I let my eyes wander. Animal heads and neutrals with such an adventurous look…. reminds me a lot of Cafe Gitane in New York City. The atmosphere is half of the fun, and it’s a great hideaway in the heat of the summer or a great stop in for a hot cocoa on the rainy winter days.
The restaurant has 2 parts, facing each other on rue Sabin, right north of Bastille. So don’t fret, when you see two different places with the same name… they’re the same place! And come on… how cute is their déco? Such personality.
Simple, charming, yummy… and so affordable! It was the perfect weekend lunch spot. Have you been? What do you think?
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Café de l’Industrie
16 rue St Sabin, 11th arrondissement
Metro: Bréguet Sabin/Bastille
#: 01 47 00 13 53
This post is dedicated to my awesome possum maman. If only we could have lunch dates every week.
One of my last days in Denver this past spring, my mom and I went on a little lunch date at Vert Kitchen, that my best friend had recommended. What a magical little place. It’s the sort of thing I dream of sometimes on the weekends while living so far away. A little stroll on Pearl Street… the view of the Rockies on the horizon…
What is better than not only hanging out with your mom, but having blueberry lemonade and a delicious little club & soup?!?
Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!
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Denver, Denver, Denver…
Check out some more of my favorite Denver places here.
You can find even more great places and pretty pictures on Rachel’s blog, Bloodstream.
Take a peek inside Ashlae’s tastebuds on her fab recipe blog Oh, Ladycakes.
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704 S. Pearl Street
Denver – Wash Park West
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