51 Galerie Montpensier, 1st
The cult music and clothing label has a knack for café culture too, as evidenced by their perfectly petite first Parisian coffee bar hidden near the gardens of the Palais Royale. White-washed, with just a few select, own-brand knick-knacks on display, along with paintings by local artists Andre Saraiva and Jean-Philippe Delhomme, the shop exudes a totally chilled out, friendly vibe, making it a peaceful coffee or juice pick-me-up between museums and window shopping.
51 Rue des Martyrs, 9th
Organic cakes, gluten-free treats, Coutume coffee and market-fresh ingredients are the name of the game at this sweet, homey café. It’s a fixture of the brunch scene on the weekends, while on weekdays it’s the laptop crowd who dominate the space. Should you get hooked on their muesli, cookies, or cakes, you can pick up a few pre-made packs to bake at home, too.
La Crêperie du Comptoir St-Germain
9 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 6th
Weather permitting, there’s nothing better than grabbing a crepe from a street vendor to eat while wandering through the Luxembourg Gardens—and chef Yves Camdeborde’s takeaway stand is the place to do it. If a more substantial meal is in order, his celebrated brasserie, Le Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain, is right next door.
Bob’s Bake Shop
12 Esplanade Nathalie Sarraute, 18th
It's all baked on-site at this latest venture from Bob, from the hand-rolled bagels to the lattice-topped pies. While the menu channels America, the prices are a bit higher than what you'd expect to pay in the states for a shmear. It's still delicious, and fulfills that very specific only-a-bagel-will-do desire.
24 Rue des Vinaigriers, 10th
Though this coffee shop serves treats and light lunch (lentil and quinoa salads in jars, artisan sandwiches, etc.), locals really flock here for Craft's cappucinos, Wi-Fi, and work-friendly feel. There's a communal table in the back that's perpetually lined with people tapping away at their Macs, though there are just as many locals who stop by to catch up with friends.
30 Rue du Bourg Tibourg, 4th
Enlisted by Louis XIV's court to explore the tea trade in the 1600s, Nicolas and Pierre Mariage sailed the globe in search of exotic offerings, passing the mantle down from generation to generation. In 1854, Henri and Edouard Mariage settled on land and launched a tea wholesale business in Paris, catering to the city's finest hotels and restaurants. They didn't open their doors to the public until the 1980s—and business has been brisk, to say the least, ever since. Outfitted with colonial furnishings from the original Mariage Frères office (oversize tea canisters, heavy cabinetry, wicker furniture, potted palms), the Marais outpost offers a literal world of teas—along with small eats and a smattering of home goods, like teapots and gorgeously scented candles (Darjeeling is our favorite). There are outposts all over the city.
Poissonnerie du Dôme
4 Rue Delambre, 14th
Dotted with truly beautiful fish murals—all hand-painted on tile—this is one of those family-owned businesses where it's clear they hold a deep respect for what they do. And at this 30-year-old poisonnerie, they do the freshest fish in Paris. When we visited, they were offering beautiful jumbo crab claws along with a variety of in-season whole fish and fillets.
Rue d'Aligre, 12th
Occupying an old-world, village-like square, this market near the Bastille bustles with locals stocking up on their weekly groceries. When you need to catch your breath, head to Le Baron Rouge, a great wine bar just around the corner.
Galeries Lafayette, 40 Blvd. Haussmann, 9th
Parisians swear Pierre Hermé's macarons are the best in town, and we're inclined to agree. After all, the pastry wunderkind (he began his career as an apprentice to Gaston Lenôtre at the age of 14, before becoming the pastry chef of Fauchon when he was only 24) is known for infusing his ganaches with interesting (and foolproof) combinations, like his famous Ispahan, which blends rose, lychee, and raspberry. The chocolates shouldn't be missed either, and neither should the croissants.
La Ferme Saint Hubert
36 Rue de Rochechouart, 9th
The variegated marble walls, cow figurines, mosaic tile floor, and checkered apron staff sure are charming—but it's all totally unnecessary, too, as we'd happily visit a broom closet for the cheeses here. Sitting on top of a hilly street in the 9th, you'll find a country's worth of varieties—both stinky and delicate—and the know-how behind the counter to point you to something you're going to love. For those who are just passing through, they can vacuum pack fragile cheeses for travel.
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