The Booming Coffee Culture in Paris Continues


 

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At Savoir Faire Paris we love our daily coffee’s to get us through the weeks, as the hashtag goes #ButFirstCoffee – a moto that we live by daily! Fortunately for us, the future of coffee in Paris has been rapidly changing, meaning that finding your nearest cup of quality coffee is never too far away. The 1€ espressos from over roasted coffee beans at the bar of your typical brasserie are loosing out to those carefully crafted coffees by experienced baristas opening up “specialty” coffee shops all around Paris.

 

What separates these “speciality” coffee shops from other café’s is that they care about all aspects of the coffee that we are drinking from its extraction, origin, brewing and roasting process and its fair trade arrangements with unknown or small-scale coffee growers. A popular example of quality coffee beans being used in many of the new coffee shops is the Belleville Brûlerie, a Parisian roastery set up by three experienced roasters; David Flynn, Thomas Lehoux and Anselme Blayney. They have created the perfect coffee, which is the epitome of “specialty coffee”. Not only is the coffee fair trade and high quality, but it is locally roasted with fresh coffee beans, sourced from small scale coffee growers in Latin America who handpick their own beans. Their idea is to change the future of coffee in France by promoting this locally roasted, high quality coffee and to show that coffee can be enjoyed and presented in a range of different ways.

 

Previously on our blog we have shared some of our favourite coffee shops in Paris to experience quality coffee. Since then, the booming coffee culture has meant that more coffee shops have been popping up and our list of favourites continues to grow! Check out our previous suggestions, and if you’ve already worked your way through all of these then here’s some more for you to go and explore!

 

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Hexagone Café
121 Rue du Château, 75014
Favourite drink >>> Cappuccino
Favourite snack >>> Hearty Tartines with jam for breakfast

Blackburn
52 Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010
Favourite drink >>> Dirty Chai Latte
Favourite snack >>> A slice of the homemade Pecan Pie

Melali Coffee Riders
10 Rue de la Fontaine du But, 75018
Favourite drink >>> Guayoyo (traditional Venezuelan coffee)
Favourite snack >>> You don’t go here to snack, only to enjoy the deliciously crafted coffees!

Café Kitsuné Paris 
51 Galerie Montpensier, 75001
Favourite drink >>> Matcha Latte
Favourite snack >>> Homemade cookie, whichever flavour is left on the day!

Mûre
6 Rue Saint Marc, 75002
Favourite drink >>> Latte
Favourite snack >>> Go for breakfast and try their delicious homemade granola

 

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Le Bon Marché: The Other French Revolution


This is a guest post by Lindsay Poulin at Context Travel. They have shared some of their expert advice on some fun new ways to discover the City of Light. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Hermès… These names remind us that fashion and Paris are synonymous, with styles and trends changing as quickly as the temperamental Parisian weather.  Every year hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the grands magasins to shop designer labels; given their grandeur, these stores seem to have been a fixture in the fabric of French fashion history since the whimsical styles of Marie-Antoinette’s court. However, the concept of shopping at a department store is actually a more recent – and revolutionary – development, a facet docent Virgina Vogwill, who has spent over a decade working as a costumer in the French film industry, explores on our new walk covering the history of fashion in Paris.

Up and Down.Throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries, the business of fashion was dominated by designers such as Rose Bertin, Charles Worth and Jacques Doucet, who held court in their ateliers on rue de la Paix and rue Saint-Honoré. Their expensive and made-to-order styles attracted royalty and aristocracy from all over the world, establishing Paris as a true fashion capital. So when did this change? Continue reading

Viaduc des Arts


Paris is one of those cities where there is so much going on and so much to see in all the neighborhoods that, naturally, there are some areas that get overlooked. For me, that area is the Viaduc des Arts in the 12th arrondissement.

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I had been to the Bercy shopping area, to Bastille, to the Bois de Vincennes, and though I had driven by it a thousand times, I had never actually stopped and walked the Viaduc des Arts, a vast stretch of artists and artisans and cafes lining one side of Avenue Daumesnil. Continue reading

Neighbourhood Guide – 14ème


The 14th arrondissement sits just below the Tour Montparnasse in the south of the city and is an arrondissement of Paris that is often overlooked. Many Parisians associate the neighbourhood with the disliked Tour Montparnasse, but the area has a lively history and so much to offer.  The tower was the only skyscraper built in the city walls and once it was built, it was felt that it disrupted the skyline of the city so much that a new law was put in place prohibiting anything like it in the future.

IMG_2434The 14th arrondissement used to be filled with rolling hills in the 17th century and was a popular hang out for students to go and recite poetry. The hills were levelled in the 18th century when Boulevard Montparnasse was built but you can still get a sense of the hills Continue reading

The Little Quirks of French Living


 

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There is no denying that living abroad, wherever it may be, means experiencing a different culture, a different way of life and most importantly different social customs. After living in Paris for the last 2.5 years I have been able to accept the peculiar French habits, which seemed so foreign to me when I first arrived. Admittedly there are a lot of clichés that the French have had to endure which aren’t all necessarily true. But hey, we’re all given reputations, and lets face it, they don’t always come from nowhere!

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Paris Biking Itineraries


These beautiful first days of warm weather and sunshine bring all Parisians out of their winter hibernation in search of outdoor activities. In lieu of basking in the sun on a terrace with a glass of rosé, get your blood pumping and head out to explore Paris by bike!

Photo courtesy of: Eve Lavois

Photo courtesy of: Eve Lavois

Paris plans to become the World Cycling Capital and with the wonderful bike sharing system of the Velib‘ combined with our recent pollution issues, bicycles seem to be the best mode of transportation these days! Continue reading

City Escape | Mont Saint Michel


After almost 15 years of living in Paris, I have done some extensive travels to the various regions of France. So much that many people (including my husband!) could not believe that I had never visited the majestic Mont Saint Michel on the northern coast of lower Normandy. As we were spending a lovely long weekend in northern Bretagne, we decided to take the hour-long drive one morning to experience the beauty of the island before the heavy Easter crowds rolled in.

IMG_2027The island used to be a part of the mainland in prehistoric times and then over time, due to erosion and rising sea levels, Continue reading

Neighborhood Guide | 12th Arrondissement


What I love about Paris is that even after living here for several years it’s still possible to discover new areas of the city and their little hidden gems. I was excited to write this blog post because it meant that I could do what I love doing most – explore! I spent the weekend discovering, the somewhat lesser known, 12th arrondissement, which is one of the largest districts in Paris and home to the Bois de Vincennes and Gare du Lyon station.

 

I started my day with a delicious croissant from one of the best bakeries in Paris, Boulangerie Bazin. The croissant was light and fluffy with just the right amount of crispiness on the outside. Continue reading

Restaurant Round-Up | Winter 2015


I must say, I have eaten very well since the beginning of the year!

There have been some great new openings from American style Chinese food and comfort food brought to a new level of culinary sophistication to some great new modern French spots from already famed restauranteurs to a tiny and trendy Japanese hotspot and even a newcomer to the chic 16ème dining scene.

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Read all about the newest restaurants on the Paris dining scene and start off this spring with a new list of places to help you eat your way through the city!

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Hint Hunt & Giveaway


Last week, the SFP team was lucky enough to be offered the chance to play the most challenging, intense and exhilarating live escape game in Paris – Hint Hunt. For those of you who have not heard of Hint Hunt, then I urge you to read ahead. After playing the game once you’ll understand why.

 

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Upon our arrival we were greeted at the entrance by the young and super friendly hint hunt team who welcomed us with smiley everyday chitchat whilst we nervously waited for what was to come. Continue reading