There has been so much hype about the Télescope café
that opened up a few months back in the 1st that I decided it was high time that I went along to find out what all the fuss was about.
It is not the easiest place to find, down a small side street, just off the maze that is the Palais Royal. At first glance, the exterieur couldn't have reminded me any more of a London caf and but then I was hit by the snooty Parisian you're-not-cool-enough-to-be-here vibe, that I didn't want to linger.
However, what is worth talking about is the new Café Lomi
in the 18th. They've been torrefacting their beans and selling to the trade from their premises on the rue Marcadet for the past couple of years. But only last Wednesday did the café open its doors to the public.
I popped by on Sunday to suss it out and you know what - it's awesome! A good range of coffees - not extensive but chosen with enough care, other drinks like teas and hot chocolate, and a range of pastries that looked perfect for those who have a sweet tooth, served with a smile, a twinkle in the eye and a lot of passion.
It fits in keeping with the bare-bones, loft look that many other cafés of this ilk have adopted, but unlike those others, I was delighted to only see one MacBook in the Café Lomi! (I have often heard Kookabourra in the 9th being referred to as the third Apple Store and if you've been there I'm sure you'll know what I mean...) But for the Café Lomi, given the location, I doubt that iAddicts will be flocking in their droves but it's great that the wave of good coffee has finally come to this area and I, for one, will be giving it my full support!
Open 10am - 7pm, Wednesday - Sunday.
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