September 8, 2014
Up until recently, the only reason people passed through Porte de Clignancourt, on the outskirts of the 18th arrondissement, was for the famous Marché aux puces antique market in St. Ouen. The creation of Les Jardins du Ruisseau, a community garden located on the abandoned platforms of the city’s former commuter rail system, increased the appeal of this rough-around-the-edges area, attracting urban explorers and city picnickers since the gardens opened their doors almost ten years ago. The abandoned train station overlooking the gardens is now home to the neighborhood’s newest addition, La REcyclerie. Headed up by the team behind Le Comptoir Général, the cafeteria-style restaurant and bar has co-opted the spirit of the quartier and created an open, airy space that is host to group gatherings and informative workshops. Often based on the theme of recycling, to which its name pays homage, recent events focused on subjects like DIY cosmetics creation, repairing household appliances, and birdhouse making. An eclectic food menu ranges from foreign (Finnish-inspired fare, couscous, etc.) to traditional French (beef tartare), with cocktails (7 euro), beer (6 euro a pint) and bulk natural wine (3.50 a glass, 16 euro a bottle) from the 18th’s own En Vrac. Ordering is done at the bar, making it easy to enjoy a leisurely self-service evening, either in the spacious dining room or on the picnic tables scattered around the platforms opposite the community garden. Le REcyclerie promises many things to come, including a chicken coop, a shop, and an urban garden. Exciting upcoming projects such as these make La REcyclerie, which is quickly becoming a popular spot to eat, drink, and upcycle, an address to keep an eye on. La REcyclerie – 83 boulevard Ornano, 75018 Paris. Tel: +33 (0)1 42 57 58 49
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Written by Emily Dilling
Emily Dilling is a Paris-based American. She is the founder of the blog Paris Paysanne, which documents her quest to find local farmers and seasonal produce at Paris markets. Emily’s writing has also appeared in publications such as The Huffington Post (US & French editions), Ecosalon, The Portland Mercury, and Local Spotter.
Website: Paris Paysanne
Photos by Isabel Miller-Bottome
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Isabel has lived in Paris and travelled extensively around Europe and elsewhere. She currently studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is Editor of the literary magazine, Spectrum, and Artsweek reporter for The Daily Nexus. Leveraging her network of student and business contacts, she always brings a fresh angle or an unexpected lead to transform an ordinary visit into a memorable adventure.
Website: Isabel Miller-Bottome
Tags: 18th arrondissement, Beef tartare, Beer, Chicken coop, cocktails, Community garden, Couscous, Emily Dilling, En Vrac, Finnish, Isabel Miller-Bottome, Le Comptoir General, Le Recyclerie, Les Jardins du Ruisseau, marché aux puces, Natural wine, Porte de Clignancourt, Recycling, Self-service, Urban garden
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