Neighbourhood Guide | rue Saint-Sébastien
As there are only so many arrondissements we can write neighbourhood guides about, we decided to continue the theme, but more specifically with some of our favourite streets in Paris. Last month Samara started us off with the wonderful rue Henri Monnier in the 9ème. This week’s choice is rue Saint-Sébastien in the 11ème. For those of you who have ventured down this road, then you’ll understand why we’ve chosen to write about it. Spoilt for choice by cafes, boutiques, old record shops & delicious Asian cuisine, please allow us to take you on our favourite journey down rue Saint-Sébastien.
Folks & Sparrows
14 rue Saint-Sébastien, 75011
If you’re looking for your next deliciously brewed coffee or perfectly foamed cappuccino, then Folks & Sparrows should jump straight to the top of your list. Not only does it serve exceptional coffee and some of the tastiest sandwiches in Paris, but the cafe also has a selection of international sauces, pickles, cookie mixes, and beautifully bottled oils on display to take home with you. Parisian born owner, Franck, spent 10 years living in Brooklyn, NY and decided to combine aspects of his 2 homes to create the minimalist, rustic & cosy coffee shop. Next time you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and taste one of his famous bagels whilst chatting with Franck and sipping on your coffee.
La Mercerie Fine
25 rue Saint-Sébastien, 75011
La Mercerie Fine, opened by former lawyer Melanie Perol, is more than just your standard fabric shop! The habadashery-come-coffee shop is a place to drink coffee and taste delicious pastries, share your passion for sewing and knitting, and learn a new skill in a cosy atmosphere with beautifully handmade cushions. If you’ve never sewed before but have always wanted to try, then this is the perfect place to go and book yourself in a beginners workshop, or a one on one with Melanie herself to learn how to create your own works of art!
Deux Fois Plus de Piment
33 rue Saint-Sébastien, 75011
If, like us, you struggle to find that hot and spicy food you’ve been craving since living in Paris, then Deux Fois Plus de Piment is the restaurant for you. The Szechuan chef cooks up some of the best pork ravioliin town, coupled with spicy cabbage, giving you the real kick you’ve been searching for! The restaurant, like many in Paris, is small and cosy, so be sure to book ahead if you’re going in a large group. Caution: when deciding on the level of heat you want added to your dish (from 1 – 5), 5 means 5 here, and your head will quite literally be blown off!
Heads up: A second location has opened up under the name of Trois fois Plus de Piment, 184 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003
Betino’s Record Shop
32 rue Saint-Sébastien, 75011
Don’t you just love loosing yourself in an old record store and coming across those gems of old, new, and legendary music records? One of our favourite record stores to do this in Paris is Betino’s. With an amazing selection of jazz music, and a wall dedicated solely to house vinyls, the display is diverse and, at times, rare! If you’re unsure of what to purchase then just ask the owner who’ll recommend you some great options based on your preferences.
36 rue Saint-Sébastien, 75011
Ok, so I know we’ve mentioned two coffee shops on this road, but, honestly, choosing between the two was too difficult! Similarly to the other craft coffee shops in Paris, Spoune appears to have a very minimalist style from the outside. However, what makes it stand out from the others on the inside is the “participative library” with a book swap system, just like what you see in hostels abroad! It’s the perfect space to curl up with a book or bring your laptop for the day to work whilst sipping on coffee made from the L’Arbre à Café coffee beans and trying out their famous homemade cheesecake! If you haven’t tried this cosy spot yet, we urge you to go!
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