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Le Cairn: Gluten Free Dining, Naturopathy and Beyond in Paris’ 7th Arrondissement

HiP Paris visits Le Cairn - naturopathy and coffee shop

“Coffee. It’s time to chill.” If you’re fortunate enough to have stumbled upon Le Cairn, a charming coffee café and naturopathy—tucked between Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, on Rue Dupont des Losges in the 7th arrondissement—you’ll hear soothing, indie soft rock on loop harmonizing alongside the comforting hum of the espresso machine. Welcome to the barista / wellness hideaway where you’ll truly feel at home.

Enter this wellness wonderland, and nestle into the rustic, yet light-and-airy interior for a fluffy gluten-free Madeline or wheat-free, cake-like quiche. Organic, local products comprise the boutique eatery. Whether you match your healthful dish with the jus du jour or an artfully crafted soy latté, everything in house rotates daily, and is fashioned 100% sans gluten: rich, dark chocolate-chunk-laced muffins, melt-in-your-mouth carrot cake, artisanal yogurt, seasonal salads, cakes, and soup (in the winter) make up the café-style menu.

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Café Oberkampf’s Newest Venture: Café Méricourt

HiP Paris Blog checks out Cafe Mericourt, Cafe Oberkampf's brother cafe.

Café Méricourt, Café Oberkampf’s grand frère cafe, has just opened around the corner from the local favorite’s first location.

Café Méricourt is intimate yet light, fitted out with classic blonde timber, green accented window frames, lovely straw lampshades, and gold painted columns for a touch of bling.

When I visited, I enjoyed sitting solo at the bar, where the super friendly staff chatted with me as I waited for my food.

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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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Le Quartier d’Aligre: A Foodie Haven Near Bustling Bastille

Erin Dahl shares her favorite addresses in Paris' Quartier d'Aligre on HiP Paris.

Blé Sucré, Erin Dahl

The Quartier d’Aligre is one of my favorite pockets of Paris, and one I am lucky enough to call home. Located just southeast of Bastille, the area has a little bit of everything: bustling shops on rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine (including a Marks & Spencer and sizeable Monoprix) and easy metro access, but also calm streets and a true neighborhood feel. I even brought my caviste a portion of blanquette de veau a few weeks back. The beloved Marché d’Aligre, a lively daily market located on/around the Place d’Aligre, is only the start. Here are some of my other favorite addresses:

Erin Dahl shares her favorite addresses in Paris' Quartier d'Aligre on HiP Paris.

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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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April Events in Paris: Boot Cafe, Grilled Cheese, Priceless Soupers at Bones, and More!

April Events, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Grilled Cheese Factory

Grilled Cheese Factory

Another new Parisian resto is borrowing a stateside favorite; The Grilled Cheese Factory has opened at 9 rue Jacques Coeur and is serving up their versions of the classic. They’ve got the standard grilled cheese on offer, of course, as well as some more experimental incarnations (pastrami, mac & cheese, smoked salmon…) Sure, a croque monsieur is delicious, but who doesn’t love a good old grilled cheese with a bowl of steaming tomato soup once in a while?

9 rue Jacques Cœur, 75004 Paris. Tel: +33 (0)1 77 10 67 83. Métro: Bastille.

April Events in Paris

Bones & Boot Cafe

Just a quick walk from The Grilled Cheese Factory, the Marais has another neighborhood newcomer: Boot Café. This latest addition to Paris’s burgeoning coffee scene is serving up Belleville Brûlerie coffee and Emperor Norton sweets, to stay (if you can get one of the few tables in the tiny shop) or to go.

19 Rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003 Paris. Tel: +33 (0)6 26 41 10 66. Métro: Saint-Sébastien Froissart.

April Events in Paris

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Happy New Year 2014! HiP Paris Best Of 2013

HiP Paris Best of 2013 Carin Olsson

Carin Olsson

Before everyone gets a proper start on their New Year’s resolutions, we wanted to take a moment to look back over the past year and to thank all the wonderful and brilliantly talented contributors who help to make this blog what it is.

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Before launching into all the exciting things we have in the works for 2014, here are some of our favorite moments of 2013:

HiP Paris Happy Holiday Round Up

Cafe Lomi (Keith Isaacs)

We did our best to keep up with a number of exciting new restaurants and bars, including our picks of Paris’ best new cocktail bars, wine bars, hotel bars, and the best places to get really good coffee.

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Braden Perkins and Laura Adrian (Diane Yoon)

We interviewed the lovely Laura Adrian and Braden Perkins of Verjus, Chef Haan Palcu of Le Mary Celeste, and reviewed the scrumptious sandwiches from Verjus and Frenchie, but the opening of Paris’ first cat café really stole the show. Continue Reading »

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Coffee in Paris: The Coffee Revolution Continues in the City of Light

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Loustic (Kim Laidlaw)

Paris: capital of a country whose gastronomy is UNESCO classified, populated by people with palates refined enough to distinguish multiple tasting notes in wines, to appreciate numerous subtleties of cheese… And yet, when it comes to coffee, nuances of taste seem to go out the window: to be necked back at the bar after a meal, its role is as a shot of caffeine to jolt the system awake through the soporific task of digestion.

Loustic, New Coffe Round-up, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Kim Laidlaw

 Loustic (Kim Laidlaw)

But, recently, something of a coffee revolution has been slowly but surely taking place in Paris, with serious coffee specialists popping up throughout the capital over the last couple of years. We talked about the inaugural wave of this trend back in 2011 here but the scene continues to go from strength to strength with a new spate of superlative coffee shops having since opened. Here is our roundup of some of the best and latest places to get your coffee fix in Paris. Continue Reading »

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A Day in SOPI: Eating, Drinking & Shopping in Paris’ HiP South-of-Pigalle Area

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For decades, Pigalle was known mainly for its sex shops, seedy shows and working girls. During WWII, this sketchy section of Paris earned the nickname “Pig Alley” thanks to its bawdy rep. But these days, Pigalle has earned a few new monikers as well as a cleaner reputation. Now, in NYC fashion, trendy locals refer to it as either NoPi (North of Pigalle) or SoPi (South of Pigalle).

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While both North and South have plenty to offer, it’s SoPi that’s become the latest neighborhood to watch.  Moving beyond nighttime entertainment, SoPi is packed with plenty of destination restaurants, food shops, cafes and enough to make an itinerary that runs from morning until nighttime.

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To get a day’s worth of enjoyment out of one the city’s hippest ‘hood, kick start things with some caffeine at Rocketship. Like many places in Paris, they don’t open until later in the morning, so make your way there leisurely. In keeping with the neighborhood’s NY-inspired nickname, this concept coffeeshop works a Brooklyn vibe and offers chai lattes alongside coffee from Coutume.

HiP Paris SOPI Rocketship1 Didier Gauducheau

After coffee, take time to browse the boutique. Benoit, the owner, prides himself on finding unique treasures and includes a good number of pieces from SoPi-based artisans.

Le Rocketship, 13 bis rue Henri Monnier, Paris, 75009, +33 1 48 78 23 66

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Coffee Culture Revolution in Paris: The Black Market

On a recent Culturefish “Must Do” walking tour around the center of Paris, our guide Pierre enthusiastically described a major turning point of Parisian culture. During the Age of Enlightenment, the city was a hotbed of thinkers and politicians who were getting hyped up on a new drug being served around town: coffee!

The famous Café Procope, Paris’ first café, was serving this new, caffeinated beverage to the likes of Voltaire – rumored to have consumed 40 cups of coffee a day – among a star-studded cast of other enlightened historical figures, including Benjamin Franklin, Rousseau, Diderot, and Robespierre. Continue Reading »

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