Cultural imperialism or just really good coffee? Here’s a detailed look at what’s brewing with the new Paris coffee scene, complete with insights from the roasters and baristas that everyone is talking about.
Imagine a wine tasting. Then imagine a wine tasting on crack. Or rather, caffeine. That’s coffee cupping. We learned how to taste coffee like the pros and you can, too.
It can be a struggle to decipher the coffee menu before you’ve actually had your coffee. We get it. We’re here to help you understand how to order exactly what you want in a corner café or specialty coffee shop.
If you’re looking for more than an average cup of joe, here is our guide to specialty coffee shops, espresso bars, and purveyors of quality beans.
A mint green & marble pastry palace from Jean-François Piège, whose rue Saint-Dominique mini empire includes Brasserie Thoumieux, Restaurant Jean-François Piège, and Hôtel Thoumieux. The salted butter and pear tart was particularly pleasing, but skip the disappointing and aggressively chewy macarons.
Here’s the thing: Beaujolais Nouveau is really fun. Here’s our post-hangover report on the ten parties, fifteen wines, and bearded winemakers (too many to count) encountered as part of the 2013 festivities.
Tired of getting taxed till the cows come home, belligerent farmers are protesting with a plan to blockade major routes in and out of the city this Thursday. Those venturing beyond the peripherique (shudder) will want to plan ahead and leave extra time to avoid cows, tractors, trucks and angry men with pitchforks.
Good stuff exists. Here’s where to get it, and what it means to drink it. Our guide including the most tempting list of Beaujo Nouveau parties in Paris.
Akrame Benallal, the chef behind the restaurants Akrame and L’Atelier Vivanda in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, has just opened a restaurant in Hong Kong. Who else is there now? Joël Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, Pierre Gagnaire.
Des Gateaux et du Pain has just opened a new location at 89 rue du Bac. That’s two doors down from Pâtisserie des Rêves, a short amble from the chocolate mousse bar at Patrice Chapon, and a few steps away from prune Armagnac ice cream at Le Bac à Glaces.
A recent editorial in the New York Times claims that hipsters have ruined Pigalle. However, the author’s withering references to good coffee and gourmet hot dogs lacked the concrete details necessary to procure these delicious items. We’ve compiled our own guide to eating & drinking in Pigalle, filled with recommendations from the very people Chatterton Williams holds responsible for ruining Paris. Go forth and destroy.
The newly updated Le Fooding Guide has just announced its annual awards with a focus on relaxed and affordable joints: Fooding d’honneur: la bande des Bars Populaires, Au Passage (11th), Bones (11th), l’Orillon Bar (11th), les Pères Populaires (20th) Meilleur pizzaiolo: Salvatore Rototori, Il Brigante (18th). Fooding d’amour: Buvette (9th) Meilleur bar à délices: Le Mary Celeste (3rd) Meilleur lèche-doigts (Best
The American behemoth Costco announced that it will be setting up its shop in the Parisian suburbs in spring 2015. This will be the first of 25 shops they hope to open over the next two decades. We don’t expect this to make much of
Chef Daniel Rose of Spring restaurant has just published a cookbook. He drew the pictures himself, wrote recipes with Sophie Brissaud, and even included a few short stories (whah?). In Paris, Spring Book is available at the restaurant (6 rue Bailleul 75001, 01 45 96 05 72) and at the Librairie
In what will come as a surprise to no one, looks matter in a Costes establishment. According to accounts collected by Le Canard enchaîné and republished by Le Monde, servers are required to be young and to dress sexy. One former waitress recounts being told that they
This seafood and shellfish-centric joint from Bertrand Grébaut of Septime had its soft opening on November 1st and will open to the public tonight. We’ll update this page as soon as we know more.
Lazare is not an open and friendly haven for travelers or gastronomes. It is a club masquerading as a restaurant, employing the sort of velvet rope snobbery that one expects to find at Le Montana or a Costes establishment. There is nothing Eric Fréchon’s kitchen could have produced which could have salvaged the worst service I’ve received in nine years of writing about Paris restaurants.
Wednesday November 20, 2013 (night before) La Robe et le Palais (13 Rue des Lavandières Sainte-Opportune, 75001) Owner Olivier Schvirtz and sommelier Loic Mougene throw what is possibly Paris’ last remaining quality-conscious midnight-release party for Beaujolais Nouveau on Wednesday the 20th November. The multi-faceted event will run
Practical information Address: 9 rue de Beauce, 75003 Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8) Hours: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday; Open Thursday-Monday for lunch and dinner Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance Telephone: 01 48 87 80 61 Average price for lunch: 20-39€ Average price for dinner: 20-39€
A nasty case of oyster herpes is compromising French stocks, and English oyster farmers are accusing French oyster pirates of coming over to raid their beds. Insert cold sore joke here. (via The Independent)
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