La Cave de Don Doudine, 75018

There's been a huge hullaballoo around the opening of la Brasserie Barbes this week. Apparently, we're supposed to be up in arms about how the area around Barbes-Rochechouart station is being reclaimed by hipsters. Apparently, (if you take notice of what people who previously only ever dared to go as far as Tati say) it's … Continue reading La Cave de Don Doudine, 75018

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Café Pépone, 75018

https://twitter.com/emmabentley87/status/597764341086212097 I have walked past the Café Pépone on rue des Abbesses hundreds of times without ever giving it even a moment's thought. The pre-prepared sandwiches, giant Nutella pots and stale macarons did not get my tastebuds at all excited. That was, until I saw a great big Pozzetto sign and a newly refurbished seating area! It's only … Continue reading Café Pépone, 75018

Bob’s Bake Shop, 75018

The area between La Chapelle and Marx Dormoy, up in the north of Paris' 18th arrondissement is a funny place. As well as being right between an Indian community (at La Chapelle) and a mini Chinese community (on rue de Torcy) it is also sandwiched between two sets of train tracks. Ten years ago, it … Continue reading Bob’s Bake Shop, 75018

Au Duc de la Chapelle, 75018

The expression "I was lead to believe..." most commonly translates into French as "j'ai cru comprendre que..." It's curious because in English we say that 'you're lead to believe' whereas in French 'you believe to understand.' It would appear that the English mindset is already offsetting the blame onto someone else, whereas the French are … Continue reading Au Duc de la Chapelle, 75018

La Recyclerie, 75018

In a most unsuspecting part of the 18th arrondissement you will find one of the new hipster hang-outs in the capital. It's a large space (previously the Gare Ornano) at the Porte de Clignancourt which has been transformed into a multi-functional "concept" space by the team also behind the Comptoir Général and Glazart. We arrive … Continue reading La Recyclerie, 75018

La Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or, 75018

Fans of craft beers and local produce should definitely pay a visit to this little brasserie tucked away in the Goutte d'Or, the heart of the 18th arrondissement. Done with brewing in his home-kitchen for friends, Thierry Roche opened up a bricks and mortar place in 2012. At the time, it was the only beer brewery … Continue reading La Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or, 75018

The History of Wine in Paris

Picture yourself in 18th century Paris. The streets are narrow, smelly and just as ridden with vagabonds, ragamuffins and the more-than-just-occasional four-legged rodent as they are today. Now imagine that the Eiffel Tower has not yet been constructed, nor has the Montparnasse Tower. Haussmann has not been born and thus the entirety of the city ressembled what we refer … Continue reading The History of Wine in Paris

La Cave 27, 75018

Inattendu. Insolite. Izakaya. The first two words would be how the French would describe this izakaya. Quirky and completely unexpected. The Japanese word izakaya originally comes from i meaning 'to stay' and sakaya a 'saké shop' and therefore loosely, it means a saké shop where you can hang out. That's a pretty accurate description for the Cave 27. With a floor space … Continue reading La Cave 27, 75018

Burnt Food

It has long baffled me how something so popular in one country can remain relatively unknown in another, even though it is only a short jump across a bit of water away. Supper clubs. In London, they're everywhere. They offer new perspectives to the somewhat stuffy restaurant scene. They can offer insights into new cuisines and inroads … Continue reading Burnt Food