The New Paris Dispatch #4

6 December 2017
Claus petit dejeuner left bank Paris

The New Paris Dispatch series brings you quick news updates from Paris in everything from food and shopping to culture and urban development.

Claus takes breakfast to the left bank

Claus: La Maison du Petit-Déjeuner has celebrated the art of the hearty breakfast for a number of years in the 1st arrondissement but now left-bankers can finally get their fix. Expect a brighter interior but all the same, well-executed specialities from eggs, pastries, fresh yogurts, fruit, greens, and coffees, in the Saint-Germain neighborhood.

2 rue Clément, 75006 

Meet the Locals tour

I’ve taken my fair share of walking tours, food tours, historical tours, and cultural tours all over France but rarely have they involved role playing. I recently had the opportunity to try out the Heroes of the French Revolution tour from Meet the Locals and found it a thoroughly enjoyable, clever, and engaging way to understand not only the context of a tumultuous period in French history but the figures that played a role in its outcome. I won’t give away the secrets of the tour but know that the walk unfolds through the lens of individual characters from the revolution (bonus: good for kids!). Thank you to Sophie, the art historian and guide on the tour, for such an enlightening afternoon.

C.A.M. is open for all your wine and Chinese food needs 

A modern renaissance man, Phil Euell has put his design and woodworking talents to brands like Le Labo and to his own projects like Boot Café, the pocket-sized specialty coffee shop on the cover of my book, The New Paris (the second, larger outpost is on the left bank). Now, he’s applying that experience to a much different kind of space – a restaurant/wine bar in a section of the Marais known for its wholesale shops and sleepy vibe at night. It’s in one such shop, that previously peddled all sorts of Eiffel Tower ephemera, that Euell’s new restaurant CAM comes to life, bringing in a much-needed dose of vibrancy to the quartier after hours. Dishes have a distinct Chinese bent and wines are largely from small producers and eminently affordable. Welcome to the neighborhood!

55 rue au Maire, 75003 

Macon&Lesquoy opens their first shop!
I credit Macon&Lesquoy with popularizing (reviving?) iron-on patches and embroidered pins and brooches, now the go-to accessory across town. I’ve happily adopted the look, affixing pins to my coats, light jackets and some of my favorite totes. While founders Marie Macon and Anne-Laure Lesquoy have been playing with texture, cheeky imagery, bold colors, and storytelling through stitching since 2009, it is only within the last month that they opened the doors to their first brick & mortar boutique. It’s a great source for thoughtful gifts that won’t empty your wallet.

37 rue Yves-Toudic, 75010 

Miznon coming to the Canal Saint-Martin!
The ultimate Israeli pita sandwich shop (that isn’t falafel-focused) is opening a second outpost on the République end of the Canal Saint-Martin. If you liked the original on rue des Ecouffes — its dose of Tel Aviv style energy and the staff’s penchant to break out into song– then you’ll want to add this to your list. Follow their Instagram for updates on the official opening.

37 Quai de Valmy, 75010 

Last days of Colette 
The Parisian  concept store with a cult following is closing its doors at the end of December after 20 years as a vanguard of art, fashion and design. Co-founder Sarah Andelman spoke to Business of Fashion about what’s next for her (spoiler: she’s staying in the ‘ideas’ business).

213 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001

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