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Chettinadu - De quelle planete es tu - 2I’ve been coming to Chettinadu for 5 years now. I first discovered this magical place when I first arrived in Paris, when a professor took our class here. At the time I had never really been exposed to Indian food, but the bright yellow walls (at the time) and the delicious grub only left me wanting to come back all the time. I was destined to be a regular there.

Chettinadu is located in northern Paris, near metro stop La Chapelle. This is also sort of a Little India, and where they host the Ganesh festival every year. The streets are home to colorful storefronts and bling of all shapes and sizes. The choice of Indian restaurants is quite large, considering they are stacked up and down each one of the rues, but in my eyes there is only one that sticks out.

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Chettinadu
15, rue Cail, 75010
Tél: 01 40 34 49 17
Métro: La Chapelle (2), Gare du Nord (4,5)

Café Madam Latte Goodness- De quelle planete es tu - 1Café Madam is a staple on rue Saint Denis. The fact that it’s run by a mother-daughter duo makes me love it even more.

You’re guaranteed a smile when you walk in, and will immediately feel the cozy relaxation in the atmosphere: white walls and tables with bold lettering on the walls, precious succulents, sweet treats under glass bells and little bowls of rock sugars to drop into your coffee. Their perfectly toned yellow espresso machine always catches my eye as soon as I open the door.

You may recognize this spot from the Cleopatra’s Bling launch party.

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Café Madam
150 rue Saint Denis, 75002
Tél: 01 40 39 01 45
Métro: Réaumur Sebastopol (4)

Loustic - De quelle planete es tu :: 1As 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.

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Loustic
40, rue Chapon, 75003
Tél: 09 80 31 07 06
Métro: Arts & Metiers (3) & Rambuteau (11)

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The Club never ceases to amaze me. I just love this place, and gosh are they friendly. We went there last Saturday to celebrate Victoria‘s birthday, and it was just magic.

We had the entire basement to ourselves, and it was perfect for chatting over a deliciously unique crafted cocktail or a chilled bottled beer. Of course a club sandwich was a must-have when the hunger bug arrived. Have you tried their club sandwiches? Yum…

I am also madly in love with all of their cups & glasses.

On a side note, something about celebrating birthdays is just so wonderful. So many smiles and so much emotion. I love being around people on their birthdays as they glow with all of [most of, or some] their close ones in one space.

Hope you had a Happy Birthday, Vicky dear!

The Club
24, rue Surcouf, Paris 75007
Tél: 01 45 50 31 54
Métro: Invalides (8,13)/La Tour Maubourg (8)

*Looking for a snazzy bar/restau for a group of people without the place charging a minimum or a fee? This is your place!

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Celebrating Birthday @ Puces de Batignolles
Brunch at the Barber Shop
At Glass
Cocktails @ Mama Shelter
Café des Deux Moulins

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!

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.

Vert Kitchen
704 S. Pearl Street
Denver – Wash Park West