There is something about Boulevard de Beaumarchais (between République and Bastille) that attracts trendy spots. The design shop « Merci » is one of them, with a nice café set in a library where one of my German friend spends her afternoons, browsing through German and English books. Maison Plisson is another recently opened « épicerie » and restaurant. The décor is nicely honey colored and the tables (very close together) remind me of a chic school cantina. There is inside and outside dining and all nationalities mingle.
The staff is young and disorganised but nice, and the food …well the food is ok if you stick to lentil or Caesar salad, fine if you choose the gravlax and really bad if you go for the Pizette which looks more like a heavy mix of ratatouille and cheese than the lovely thin pizza I had in mind.
The limonade is very subtle with a little honey in it (5€) and coffe was excellent. And we could have indulged in a fruit tart or pana cotta. I have to admit that I was slightly disappointed by the food, but it is the trendy spot of the summer, right next to the art galleries and the shops of the Marais.
It was full on a Monday for lunch and I met my nice local friends, and the shop next door sells cheese and vegetables, wine and meat in a pretty setting. Do go for a light lunch and you will see the Paris scene from close up ! (30€ appr)
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