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Paris: l'Oisive Tea

l'Oisive The

Yes, I am on vacation, so no new art. But I can share some recent small Paris treasures we have found!

One of my favorite things to do while traveling is track down little off-the-beaten path places. l'Oisive The is a tea house I read about on a blog a few weeks ago. I had never explored this particular neighborhood called La Butte aux Cailles and I am always looking for new places to love in Paris, so we launched out in the light rain, arm in arm under Nowell's umbrella.

I was thrilled when the tea house was even better than expected - it's quiet and cozy, and the owner is a friendly American woman. I have to say, after 6 weeks in Paris it was really nice to order in English! Nowell and I sampled some of the homemade treats, I had an amazing scone hot out of the oven, and the first one was so good I ordered a second right away. We shared a big pot of Lotus Royal tea, steeped with a large sachet hand-tied around the top of the teapot. The combination of the tea, the gentle rain outside, the soft downtempo music and decor of charming flowered tablecloths put us in a happy mellow mood.

The neighborhood is a real find too. It looks like a little village with cobblestone streets, bistro restaurants, tiny markets, and dotted with people walking small dogs and parents walking their small children home from school.

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Reader Comments (2)

Hi Sadie and Nowell. So happy to meet you. The owners at the Auberge de la Butte were happy to meet you too. They said so many nice things about you. I hope you are readjusting to live again in SF. Next time you're in Paris, stop in to L'Oisive Thé and say Bonjour!

Take care,


June 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPutYourFlareOn

A friend who lives in that area showed it to my when he gave me a tour. I'll go inside next time.
Thanks Sadie

July 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterParisBreakfasts
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