HOTSPOTS PARIS: PEPA’S AND DISCOVERING RUE DU NIL
Let me introduce myself; my name is Liz and I live with Lou and our son Flip (0). We live in Amsterdam but love to travel around the world. We are always looking for new local hotspots, young designers and trendy gadgets. Cities we’ve been to we re-discover with the little one and a pram ;-)
First stop concept store Pepa’s
Pepa’s is a concept store for kids between 0 and 6 years old. Because of the target group of this store, the lack of an easy stroller-entrance is at the least a bit strange. Once inside it is a beautiful store. Many brands on my short list can be found here. The Dutch brand Imps & Elfs is on the shelves as well.
The philosophy of Pepa’s is simple. New daddies and mommies have no idea what lies ahead, let alone what they want when it comes to clothes, the kidsroom and the transportation for their little one. Pepa’s wants to help with that. They have the big brands like Babyzen, Aden & Anais, Bugaboo en Stokke, but ofcourse also the French brands like Petit Bateau.
We spot a round cloth crib in the corner. Flip has already grown out of his crib, but this one could get a nice spot in our house. What’s nice too, is that there is no obvious girls or boys deco stuff. The animal collection is good for all kids.
♦ Pepa’s Shop Paris: 40 rue des Petits-tiles, Paris 2 www.pepas.fr.
♦ Pepa’s is open from Tuesday till Friday from 11.00-19.00 and they open an hour early on Saturday.
Coffee at Frenchie To Go
Lou is done so we have some coffee around the corner at Frenchie to go. Not the most stroller-friendly option either, but it does fit in this small place at the Rue du Nil. This coffeespot is part of the Frenchie imperium (Bar a Vins and To Go), all founded by Grégory Marchand (former head chef at Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen’.) Here, you won’t have to wait for months for a spot, which is the case in the restaurant version.
Flip is sleeping so we park him with the Bugaboo in front of the counter behind an other stroller. We sit at the high tables, where we can keep an eye on him. The menu is extensive and there are some eye catchers on it. Like the pastrami you can order by the kilo and the Lobster roll. We’re not hungry yet and go for a coffee and tea with the chocolate chip cookie. The consumptions are delicious but expensive.
♦ Frenchie To Go 9, rue du Nil 75002 Paris Métro 3, 4 : Sentier, Réaumur Sébastopol.
♦ Frenchie to go is open from Tuesday till Friday from 8.30 till 16.30. And Saturday and Sunday from 9.30- 17.30. They don’t take reservations.
Food inspiration in the small streets
Still, the Rue du Nil is worth a visit. Have your coffee to go and walk across the street. There the butcher, fishstore and vegetableshop are doing their business, but hip style. For curious kids (and their parents) there’s enough exiting food inspiration to discover in this tiny street.