September 19, 2013
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).
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.
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.
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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April 9, 2010
Premiere Pression Provence, the go-to new Parisian source for the finest quality Provençal olive oils, is the latest creative enterprise of Olivier Baussan, founder of O & Co and the now ubiquitous chain L’Occitane. This new mini-chain of inviting shops is Baussan’s homage to a region he loves, with the goal of supporting and encouraging native craftsmen and their small-scale, high-quality production.
Première Pression Boutique – Rue des Martyrs
I was fortunate enough to discover the shop in the 11th while heading to the Place d’Aligre market via Blé Sucré, one of my favorite little patisseries anywhere in Paris, on the rue Antoine Vollon. Up until that morning it had remained my favorite foodie spot on the street. Now, a lovely, light, wood-paneled shop selling fabulous olive oils has joined the mix.
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February 18, 2010
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After all the great things I have heard about Rose Bakery on rue des Martyrs, and the number of times I have tried to go there but never made it for some reason or another, I finally made it for lunch yesterday at their new (well not so new anymore) location on rue Debelleyme in the Marais. I was fairly certain, being somewhat of a pessimist at times, that after all the fab reviews I had heard, I might be disappointed. Wrong. Rose Bakery was all it’s touted to be, and more. Continue Reading »
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August 31, 2009
Photo courtesy of TimeOut.com
By Rebecca Leffler, La Fleur de Paris
As Edith Piaf once said, “Je vois la vie en Rose.” I certainly see la vie en … Rose Bakery. The bakery / eatery, co-owned by a British woman (Rose) and her husband, is a Franco-Anglo-Saxon twist on all things breakfast, lunch and brunch. Continue Reading »
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August 7, 2009
After reading David Lebovitz’s super upbeat post and Geneviève’s gently scathing article about the Cul de Poule restaurant, I was unsure whether I would find a trendy hipster resto with snooty servers and less than average food, or a stylish bistro for those in the know. When my friend, food critic and chef Rosa Jackson invited me to join her to test it out for the Time Out restaurant guide, I was pleased to accept and eager to find out what it was all about.
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