Monday, November 29, 2010

MERCE & THE MUSE...


{Update 21/06/13: Merce & the Muse seems to be permanently closed now}.
As much as I'd like to think that if I lived in Paris full time I'd totally assimilate into French culture - and I would try - I also know from past experience of living in a foreign country that in reality you suddenly become obsessed with Marmite and Cadbury's Dairy Milk; you bribe people to stuff hundreds of PG Tips pyramid teabags in their suitcases when they visit. That's why I'm glad there's a cafe in Paris like Merce & The Muse. It is just exactly like a cafe in London or Brooklyn (it's owned by an American girl who is actually called Merce Muse - amazing name!).


There are salads, great cakes and good coffee - they even offer hand dripped coffee. The cafe is in rue Dupuis - in one of my favourite areas, just behind the Carreau du Temple, near the Ofr bookshop. That whole area is very international - which is probably why my French never improves. But it's comforting to have a place like that around - a taste of home without being obviously so - it's more in the atmosphere than anything.


{my photos}

9 comments:

Ally said...

This looks so great! I know that feeling so well, as soon as I arrived in Paris I was desperate for vegemite, despite the fact that I probably eat it around once a month back home. So when my parents came over to visit I begged them to bring me a jar, and it's been a match made in heaven ever since. In fact I'm eating vegemite toast right now.

That cafe looks just lovely, I have been missing anglo-style cafes too. And better yet it is walking distance from me, I will be checking it out this weekend! Thanks for discovering and sharing!

Mary said...

i wish we had a café like this in montpellier...
i'm putting this on my list of places to go to on my next trip up to paris :)

ephemerette said...

Beautiful looking place!

e-mail said...

lovely place!

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Bombay Beauty said...

oh, to be an american in paris must still be so much fun... xo bb

Bombay Beauty said...

ps this post fills me with a strong urge to bolt boston and return in dramatic fashion to nyc. either that or to grab a passport to get myself somewhere other than here -- all exactly as you note to find that cozy, homey feeling abroad! xo bb

If Jane said...

yes it feels very brookyn-like....
ah but still knowing that everyone is speaking beautiful frech around you! and what a great name!!! she's lucky!

Claire * Lola Is Beauty said...

Ally - oh, I think it would become my local if I lived nearby.

BB - You're having a strong case of wanderlust, I know it well. And yes, the homey feeling is so much better abroad!

If Jane - it's the one we walked past but didn't go in because we'd just had brunch, do you remember? But when I went in there were customers from everywhere but France!

If Jane said...

oh yeah!! it did have presence...absolutely!!! (oh but i love that area too!!!) it's bobo and multi-cultural!