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Café or Caffè? French vs. Italian Coffee Culture

HiP Paris Blog explores the difference between French and Italian coffee cultureMobil Kamera

On paper, the difference is just one “f” between coffee in Italy and in France — caffè and café. OK, the accent switches, too, but let’s ditch the minutia. In practice, however, the two coffee cultures have much more to argue about with wild, caffeinated hand gestures.

HiP Paris Blog explores the difference between French and Italian coffee culture

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Mokonuts: Delicious Lunch and Baked Goods in Paris’ 11ème

HiP Paris Blog Explores Mokonuts Bakery & Café

Things move slowly in France and, for those of us who live here, this is often a frustrating reality. Extended waits at stores like Darty or BHV to simply return a purchase, the long lines at your local boulangerie as everyone has their morning conversations with the baker- all take a little extra time out of our day. We accept this slower pace of life and most of all we learn to live with it, but rarely do we take time to love it.

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Umami Matcha Café: Japanese Dining, Tea and Pastries in Paris’ 3ème

HiP Paris Blog: Umami Matcha Café

Tucked away in a quiet street behind the hustle and bustle of the busy Place de la République, Umami Matcha is the first café in Paris to be entirely devoted to matcha, the bitter, grassy-hued powdered tea used in the Japanese tea ceremony. Yet there’s nothing ceremonial about this bright, zen-like modern space that doubles as an upmarket épicerie selling artisanal ingredients from Japan.

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5 Pailles: A Hidden Coffee Shop in Paris’ 10th Arrondissement

5 Pailles, a new coffee shop on rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis

Paris teaches you that appearances can be deceiving. One of the biggest charms of the city is how it can change from tiny to titanic, small to staggering, in a matter of meters. Mini cobble stone streets open onto magnificent esplanades and hidden passages transport you to grand boulevards. I can’t think of a café that better represents this Parisian paradox than the newly opened 5 Pailles in the 10th arrondissement.

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Peonies: Café et Fleurs on rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis

Peonies: Coffee and Flowers on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis

Until now, you had to go to your favorite Parisian coffee shop before going to your favorite flower shop if you wanted to pick up a bouquet of blooms. Now, thanks to one of the 10th arrondissement’s newest cafés, you can do both. Aptly named Peonies, it’s a little spot of respite from the bustling Faubourg Saint-Denis neighborhood passing in front of its doors.

French model and DJ Clémentine Lévy’s new business venture is already an Instagram sensation thanks to a beautifully lit space, full of greens and pinks, with touches of gold in the silverware and the tasteful decor. Not to mention the flowers, which serve the dual purpose of decorating the shop and as products to purchase. They add a certain freshness to the shop, and set Peonies apart from the ever-growing list of craft coffee shops around the city. Clémentine herself plays the part of both florist and barista, crafting the wildflower bouquets in the café’s on-site atelier and brewing Coutume beans behind the counter.

Peonies: Coffee and Flowers on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis

Sitting at a pink granite table, sipping an organic matcha latte or freshly squeezed juice, you have both sweet and savory options to choose from: avocado toast made with cacao nibs, a surprising flavor combination; ricotta toast with lemon curd and pepper; homemade granola; seasonal cakes and tarts; even grilled cheese sandwiches have made the list. Two different lunch formulas offer a soup and salad or a salad and dish of the day respectively, while a “Peonies formula” proposes a bouquet and an espresso. And if you’d like to take something home with you along with a bouquet, a selection of preserves are available for purchase.

Peonies – 81 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010. Métro: Château d’Eau. Tuesday-Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

Related Links.

  • A real floral treat, Muse flower shop in Montmartre is a must when visiting the area.
  • For a great dinner in an equally impressive setting, head to nearby restaurant, Le Mordant. Check out our review here.
  • Then, after dinner, take a short stroll toward Place de la République to seek out hidden bar Lavomatic for playful cocktails.

Written by Emily Jackson for HiP Paris. All photos by Emily Jackson. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven In.

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DonAntónia Pastelaria: Portuguese Treats Along the Canal St-Martin

HiP Paris Blog DonAntonia Pastelaria Canal St MartinAmong all of the trendy coffee shops and boutiques along the Canal Saint Martin, one new address is standing out from the rest. Forget croissants and café crèmes for a moment and immerse yourself in the pasteis de nata and galão at DonAntónia, a part eatery, part grocery store that is dedicated to the tastes of Portugal.

HiP Paris Blog DonAntonia Pastelaria Canal St MartinThe idea is simple: everything – down to the milk in the coffee – comes from Portugal. A team at Canelas bakery in Pierrefitte, just north of Paris, creates the pastries each day. In fact, they’ve been catering Portuguese cuisine for 35 years, but DonAntónia is the first storefront for the products in Paris. Continue Reading »

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Paris Beer Week Recap: The Best New Addresses for Craft Brews

Paris Beer Week Grand Finale: New Beer Bars in Paris

Paris Beer Week Grand Final

While the over 1,200 participants in the Paris Beer Week Grand Final – and the various events that filled the week leading up to it – may have a few blacked out memories after the festivities, they’re sure to remember the many new craft beer addresses that have arrived in the capital. Paris Beer Week brings together brewers, bars, restaurants, and bottle shops, assembling the craft beer community and creating venues for sharing artisanal beers made in microbreweries. If you weren’t able to make it to the third edition of Paris Beer Week, but still want to get in on the action, check out some of these great newcomers to the scene.

Paris Beer Week Grand Finale: New Beer Bars in Paris

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Sacrebleu: Insider Paris Experiences Fit for Locals and Tourists Alike

Sacrebleu Travel Assistant: Crafting Your Perfect Parisian Experience

I’ve lived in Paris on and off for the last two years, so I was curious what I would learn about my adopted city from Stephanie of Sacrebleu, who, I soon realized, is not your average Paris guide.

Before we met, Stephanie wrote to me to find out my age, interests, favorite kinds of stores and food, and whether I preferred to walk or drive around the city. Normally, Stephanie likes to set up a Skype call to meet each client and get a sense of who they are, what they want to see in Paris, how they travel, and answer any questions before they arrive.

Sacrebleu Travel Assistant: Crafting Your Perfect Parisian Experience

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La Cantine de Merci. Lunch in Paris’ Trendiest Concept Store

La Cantine de Merci: Light Lunch in Paris' Premier Concept Store

Paris abounds with design galleries, chic clothing boutiques and tile-floored bistros serving market-fresh cuisine, but rarely do you find more than one together under the same roof. Merci is a delightful exception.

La Cantine de Merci: Light Lunch in Paris' Premier Concept Store

Founded in 2009 by Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, Merci is a concept store that rolls the best of fashion, design, household goods, lighting, and lunch into one stunning space in the Haut Marais neighborhood. Spanning three light-filled floors of a former wallpaper factory, the gallery-cum-boutique is run a bit like a magazine: roughly 15 “exhibitions” held throughout the year highlight diverse themes that have included herring, urban sports, wax-dyed batiks, and urban gardening.

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Coffee with a French Twist at Cuillier Café

Coffee with a French Twist at Cuillier Cafe in Paris

While anyone who’s been to a New York, Copenhagen, or Sydney coffee shop is likely to have heard the virtues of Chemex extolled, many French people are just discovering that there’s a whole world beyond Italian roast, and that it’s now accessible in major French cities. Cuillier, which just opened its third location in Paris, has made it its mission to get people here as excited and concerned about coffee as everything else they eat and drink.

Coffee with a French Twist at Cuillier Cafe in Paris

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