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L’Éclair de Génie Café

Practical information

Address: 31 rue Lepic, 75018
Nearest transport: Abbesses (12),  Blanche (2)
Hours: Open every day from 8:30am
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 84 79 23 40
Average price for lunch: Less than 10€
Style of cuisine: Baked goods, soups/salads/sandwiches
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La Chocolaterie Cyril Lignac

Practical information

Address: 25 rue Chanzy, 75011
Nearest transport: Rue des Boulets (9), Charonne (9)
Hours: Open every day from 8am-7pm
Telephone: 01 55 87 21 40
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Reviews of interest

Paris Bouge (2016) “L’incroyable (inégalable même!) chocolat chaud aux notes biscuitées et pralinées, la tablette «grand cru» au lait et noisettes, l’entremet noisettes avec crème de noisettes, ganache gianduja nappé d’une couche chocolat/amande. Vous le sentez ce goût de l’enfance? Addictif, sucré et craquant, lacté et boisé, c’est l’obsession de Cyril Lignac.”

Table à Découvert (2016) “Sur place, j’ai pu déguster le chocolat chaud de la maison qui n’évoquait rien de ce que je connaissais… En fait, il s’agit d’un mélange de chocolats, dont un au lait aux accents biscuités. Pas trop épais et assez sucré, il nous fait bien entrer dans l’univers gustatif de cette chocolaterie qui me fait aussitôt penser à ma lecture enfant de Charlie et la Chocolaterie.”

Le Figaro (2016) “A découvrir aussi, cinq barres chocolatées (5€) au caramel biscuité lait ou noix de coco/framboise, revisitant le Twix, le Bounty ou le Snickers. Côté pâtisseries (entre 3 et 6€), un large éventail de tarte au chocolat, éclair, caraïbes, entremets noisettes, muffin, brownie, brioche tonka, roulé choco-orange, tigré chocolat, cookie choco-caramel ou encore macarons. Sans oublier la chocolatine! Un petit paradis pour Charlie.”

Atabula (2016) “La Chocolaterie de Cyril Lignac n’est pas qu’une boutique. Elle se veut surtout être une étape où les « chocoholics » prennent le temps de savourer leur ingrédient préféré. On peut y siroter un chocolat chaud tout en dévorant un muffin tout chocolat sur une grande table d’hôtes.”

Photo via La Chocolaterie Cyril Lignac’s Facebook page

Holybelly

Pancakes, poached eggs and hearty seasonal fare served alongside excellent coffee sourced from Belleville Brûlerie in a sunny space along the Canal St. Martin. An international array of coffee preparations (flat whites, espressos, long blacks, cappuccinos, and very good “real deal” filtered coffee) are accompanied by hot chocolate made from homemade chocolate syrup and a selection of teas from Le Parti du Thé. The exceptionally friendly service is notable. Also notable, the lines for weekend brunch. Get there early.

Profiterole Chérie

This bright pink pastry shop  sells single serving profiteroles from Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) pâtissier Philippe Urraca. The choux are baked every 40 minutes to keep them crisp. The snowball sized choux are assembled to order, and available in a dozen flavors ranging from classics like the standard vanilla ice cream  with hot chocolate sauce to the more unique, such as lemon pastry cream and meringue filling served with lemon curd sauce. Each choux is served in an ice cream cup with a plastic shot of sauce on the side, so you can eat them on the run or settle down in the salon. The choux were notably crunchy, but overall, the flavor combinations were uneven. The salted caramel was a favorite.

Ob-La-Di Café

Ob-La-Di might be the most Instagrammed café of the 2015 rentrée, but there’s real substance at this stylish spot in the Haut Marais. Most of the baked goods are made in-house, and many of them manage to be vegan and gluten-free, and still actually taste good. Coffee is expertly prepared with Lomi beans by Lloyd, formerly of Boot Café, who also curates a killer playlist most days. Creative offerings include an affogato made with cookie dough ice cream, horchata, a vegetarian burger, and avocado toast that is worth an eye-popping €9 price tag due to the homemade purple potato bread and chimichurri sauce, plus pomegranate seeds.

— Catherine Down, September 2015


An Absolute Favorite

Café Pinson

Practical information

Address: 6 rue du Forez, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Open Monday-Saturday for breakfast, lunch & dinner and Sunday for brunch
Reservations: Walk-ins welcome, but book a day or two in advance for brunch
Telephone: 09 83 82 53 53
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Vegetarian & vegan, soups/salads/sandwiches, healthy eating
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Additional Locations 

Address: 58 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010
Nearest transport: Poissonnière (7), Cadet (7)
Hours: Open Monday-Saturday for breakfast & lunch and Sunday for brunch
Telephone: 01 45 23 59 42

Address: at Le 66, 66 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008
Nearest transport: Saint-Philippe-du-Roule (9)
Hours: Open every day for lunch

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2014) “Risotto champignons, potimarron, échalotes confites et kale: plus un riz cuisiné qu’un risotto mais pas désagréable. Galette de pomme de terre, épinards, pesto de kale: sans grande finesse. Cake citron-pavot: carré.”

Lost in Cheeseland (2013) “American chef Cameil Kaundart swaps refined sugar for agave syrup or non-refined sugar to sweeten up desserts and uses almond or hazelnut milk for all coffee and spiced tea beverages. A rainbow of fresh savory dishes changes regularly and you can expect a hearty range of salty-sweet treats for weekend brunch (that is, if you were wise enough to reserve a spot).”

Le Figaro (2013) “Archétype sans  faux pli de la dînette «Marais»  où, sous le motif d’un décor  rétro-minimaliste, le régime naturopathe (du bio, du veggie,  du sans gluten) se glamourise dans l’instant de recettes  pleines de jugeote.”

Unlock Paris (2013) “The daytime cafe has a seasonal, daily-changing menu of mostly vegan dishes, made without dairy and without gluten, such as kale, lentil and tofu salad, or beetroot and alfalfa tart, available in a fixed menu including a starter, main course and dessert for €17. Vitamin-packed fresh juices are made to order and cafe from Coutume is also on the menu for those needing even more of a boost.”

Photo via Café Pinson’s Facebook

Belleville Brûlerie

A brand-new roastery from the Parisian coffee powerhouses David Flynn (formerly of Telescope), Thomas Lehoux (Ten Belles), Anselme Blayney (Ten Belles and Le Bal Cafe). The roastery and accompanying tasting space are geared towards production and professional trainings during the week, but will be open to the public for cuppings and coffee on Saturdays.

Thank You, My Deer

Practical information

Address: 112 rue Saint Maur, 75011
Nearest transport: Parmentier (3), Couronnes (2)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Friday 8am-6pm; Open Saturday & Sunday 12pm-6pm
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 71 93 16 24
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Gluten-free, soups & salads & sandwiches, cakes
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Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2013) “Tiny gluten-free bakery and café with very good coffee.”

Photo via Thank You, My Deer’s Facebook page