Umami: the first Parisian Matcha Café

You wish for a gourmet and refreshing break this summer? Rush without hesitation to the Umami Matcha Café, the first Matcha Café of the capital. Opened by Umami, an importer of Japanese products, in the heart of the high Marais district, this special café is a tribute to the Matcha, a green tea which is also known as the “espresso of Japan”. In this tea house, the Matcha flavors the pastries as well as the drinks, available as smoothies, ice-cold and latte. This beverage is known for its multiple virtues, to help fight against stress or and slow the ageing process.

Photo credit: Julien Vallé

As beautiful as it is good
At the Umami Matcha Café, everything is as beautiful as good. First of all, the decoration is relaxing, very minimalist and refined, in white tones, and with light wood. Moreover, Umami offers a grocery shop corner, to find every delicious condiment sold on the website of the brand. As for the tasting, we are tempted by the menu of organic teas of Japan, which allows us to enjoy Genmaïcha, known for its smoked taste of seeds of puffed rice, the Kukicha and its hazelnut flavor, or the Sencha and its subtle vegetable notes. On the side, the green tea brioche is delicious. This is for the gourmets!

Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30a.m. to 8p.m.
Afternoon formula: €8.


Photo credit: Julien Vallé

Umami Matcha Café (website in French)
22, rue Béranger
75003 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 48 04 06 02
Metro: Temple (line 3) and République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).


La Chocolaterie by Cyril Lignac: ode to chocolate

Right by Bastille and a few metro stations away from the hotel Mareuil, there is a nugget that will delight all cocoa lovers: La Chocolaterie by Cyril Lignac. The starred Chef decided to open this artisanal chocolate shop in front of his bistro named Le Chardenoux, in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. He called on BE-PÔLES agency to make both a friendly and gourmet place. Thus, a large guest table encourages to take time on the spot, enjoy a hot chocolate or a marble cake. A long counter displays the 15 varieties of bars concocted with love. Some navy blue tones, copper and ceramic tiles make the whole place warmer. To make his delicacies, the Chef is surrounded by his longtime friend and associate, Pastry Chef Benoît Couvrand. Together, they create cakes (tart or chocolate éclair etc.), pastries (pain au chocolat) or some cocoa bars for every moment of the day. This is a shop that can be visited between two cultural visits, for a shopping break, at breakfast or as a snack with friends, family or even as a couple!

Open every day from 8am to 8pm.
Cakes: from €4.50 to €5.50.
Breakfast formula: €10.

© Yann Deret

La Chocolaterie Cyril Lignac
25, rue Chanzy
75011 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 55 87 21 40
Metro: Charonne (line 9) or Faidherbe-Chaligny (line 8).

© Yann Deret

A gourmet Valentine’s Day in Paris

Paris is known for being both the capital of love and gastronomy. To combine the two and have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, Hotel Le Mareuil proposes to treat yourself to an exclusive stay for the celebration of romance. The program includes a visit to the Taste of Paris and a dinner at Pierre Sang Boyer’s restaurant, very close to the Mareuil hotel.

Great chefs meet at the Grand Palais
From February 11th to 14th 2016, the Grand Palais will host for its 2nd edition, 18 great chefs, recognised or emerging, modelled on Pierre Sang Boyer, Alain Ducasse, Frédéric Anton or Thibault Sombardier. They will offer the visitors to take part in cooking classes, but also to taste their creations. It will also be possible to buy French local products, near by producers and craftspeople present on site, and notably Burgundy wines, ciders, jams, or olive oils.

© Frédéric Stucin

Taste of Paris, from February 11th to 14th 2016.
Dishes: between €5 and €12.

Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris
Tel: + 33 (0)1 44 13 17 17
Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13) or Franklin Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9).

A romantic dinner at Pierre Sang Boyer’s restaurant
To continue the experience, book a table in one of the two restaurants of this talented chef, Top Chef show finalist in 2011, located nearby the Mareuil hotel. The first was opened in June 2012 in Oberkampf Street and the second in 2014 in Gambey Street. We like the contemporary setting of these two addresses, including the fact that the kitchens give onto the room, with counters to appreciate it better. The chef is inspired by his Korean origins to bring an exotic touch to his traditional French dishes. Here, there is no standard menu: the unique menu changes daily, depending on what he finds at the market, respecting the seasons. You will have the possibility, to taste, for example, a salt-crusted seabass and algae, oysters, spinach salad, or lentils, kimchi, low temperature egg and baby squids.


© Stéphane de Bourgies

Pierre Sang in Oberkampf
55, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)9 67 31 96 80
Metro: Parmentier (line 3) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).
Open daily from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm.

Pierre Sang on Gambey
6, rue Gambey
75011 Paris
Metro: Parmentier (line 3) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).
Open Tuesday-Saturday from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm.

After such an evening, you will only have to go back to your room at the Mareuil hotel, on foot!


The Great Chefs’ cake shops

In the Marais, one can either walk around or explore the most beautiful art galleries. But one can also satisfy one’s greed! Here is the proof, three great Parisian pastry chefs have opened their bakeries there. Let’s go for a visit …

1/ Christophe Adam’s Eclair de Génie
Founded in 2012 by Chef Christophe Adam, “L’Eclair de Génie” has now five Parisian stores and 3 in Japan. At the age of 16, he discovered the world of baking alongside pastry chef Legrand in Quimper, in Brittany, his native region. Will ensue many years with the greatest, especially at the Crillon and at Fauchon. With its single-product concept, the chef revisits one of the most famous delicacies in France: the éclair. Vanilla-pecan nuts, caramel with salted butter, lemon and yuzu icing… are all scents that leave us dreamers. As a bonus, we love the decoration of the Marais’s shop, which is decorated in bright yellow. On site, you will also find chocolate candies and a whole range of delicatessen with cocoa.

Open Monday-Friday from 11am to 7pm and Saturday-Sunday from 10am to 7:30pm.
Eclair from €4.50.


meringue-praline-pistache-eclair-de-genie-christophe-adam-photo-laurent-fau-hotel-mareuil-parisEclair with meringue and pistachio praline © Laurent Fau

L’Eclair de Génie (in French)
14, rue Pavée
75004 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 77 85 11
Metro: Saint-Paul (line 1).

2/ Philippe Conticini’s Pâtisserie des Rêves
After opening his first Pâtisserie des Rêves at Longchamp Street in the 16th district of Paris, Chef Philippe Conticini set up shop at the BHV in the Marais. It is on the 3rd floor in the department store that gourmets can meet. After having cut his teeth at the Petrossian and then at the Peltier, the cook revisits since 2010 the pastries of our childhood. Thanks to him, the Paris-Brest, the Saint-Honoré and the chocolate éclair take a more modern face. He offers a range of individual versions and can be ordered for 6, 12 and even 16 people, according to the chosen recipe. We particularly appreciate the decoration of the area, very design, in acid tones which make our mouth water!

Open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 8pm.
Nocturnal on Wednesday until 9pm.
Individual Paris-Brest: €5.90.


© Pâtisserie des Rêves

La Pâtisserie des Rêves – BHV/Marais (3ème étage)
52, rue de Rivoli
75004 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 54 92 16
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

3/ Christophe Michalak
After finishing his cooking school, the pastry chef of the Plaza Athénée, Christophe Michalak opens a second Parisian address: a bakery in the Marais. Decorated by Marie Deroudilhe and the Vital Agency with a pristine white highlighted with gray, the area becomes graphic. The brand even makes us think of comics. On site, the chef offers his famous caramel with salted butter religieuse, but also a “Kosmiks bar”, individual desserts in the form of verrines. Other surprises to discover: cakes in the shape of XL calissons, with maple syrup, citrus, as well as “Klassiks” which are traditional cakes revisited in an XL version (28 cm long), and proposed per metre. Lemon pie, baba and mille-feuille take a rock’n roll air and it is not displeasing us! You can also discover his latest culinary books, and totally irresistible snacks (nougat, toffees, marshmallow bears…).

Open On Wednesday from 11:30am to 7pm and from Thursday to Sunday from 11:30am to 8pm.
XL cake: €48.


gateaux-xl-patisserie-christophe-michalak-photo-laurent-fau-hotel-mareuil-paris© Laurent Fau

Pâtisserie Michalak (in French)
16, rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 27 90 13
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

Botanique restaurant: The gourmet restaurant close to the Mareuil hotel

Located nearby the Mareuil hotel, the Botanique restaurant is a new Parisian restaurant opened by winners of the 2015 laureates of the Bourse de la création Badoit. The distinctive feature of this address is its combination of a wine and tapas bar, a bistro and a gourmet restaurant. Three atmospheres all in one place, what more could you ask for! Two friends have embarked on this adventure: young Chef Sugio Yamaguchi, who cut his teeth with Chef Pierre Sang and wine water Alexandre Philippe. They offer exceptional wine-pairings with a very colourful seasonal food: snail salad and herb dressing, Black Angus beef steak made in two different ways or chestnut cake, figs and meringues. You will thus taste tapas made by the cook, or taste the gourmet dishes according to your wish of the moment. We were taken with the gourmet and creative presentation of the dishes, which really make your mouth water!

© MK Botanique

© MK Botanique

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm and from 7:30pm to 10pm.
Lunch Menu at €16 and 21€.
Tapas: €4.

Botanique Restaurant
(in French)
71, rue de la Folie-Méricourt
75011 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 00 27 80
Metro: Parmentier (line 3) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).


Ober Mamma: the Parisian Dolce Vita

The Ober Mamma restaurant is a kind of pledge to live the dolce vita in Paris. Here, everything is homemade, with products directly imported from Italy, from small local producers. Even the pizza oven was made in Italy by an artisan in Naples, with a stone from Vesuvius! Neapolitan Chef Ciro Cristiano revisits the recipes of the Italian mammas, in flavouring them with fruit citrus and a touch of modernity. The result: the “New York Brussels” pizza is liven up with Brussels sprouts and roasted almonds, in addition to its mozzarella and his Trentino speck. All the pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven, which give them that unique irresistible taste.

Photo credit @Renaud Cambuzat

Italian Aperitif
Ober Mamma is also known for its concept of Italian style aperitif. Every day, from 6am to 8pm, customers can taste the fifteen varieties of cheese and Italian meat imported by the team. The aperitif becomes a gourmet and convivial moment, before extending the evening in the beautiful restaurant room, with its 5 meters high glass roof. The decoration was entrusted to Alexander Waterworth Interiors, an English office who was able to shape the “like at home” identity of the place.

Photo credit @Renaud Cambuzat

The big +: If you like cocktails, let yourself be tempted by the creations of mixologist Nicola Battafarano. In addition to the big classics, he concocts divine nectars as the “Cactus”, a cocktail made from infused Pisco with cactus flowers, Martini Fiero, sugar, lime, and camomile!

Open daily from 12:15pm  to 3pm, and from 6pm to 8pm.
Aperitif: daily, from 6am to 8pm.
Pizza : between 10-15 euros.

Ober Mamma (in French)
107, boulevard Richard Lenoir
75011 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 41 32 15
Metro: Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).



Les Chouettes: the Art deco restaurant in the Marais

The restaurant Les Chouettes owns its reputation partly to its Art deco style, and its size. Located in the heart of the Marais, being three floors high, it has a 20 meters high glass roof and a metal frame inspired by Gustave Eiffel. We really loved the wood paneling on the walls, with colors of black and white, punctuated with touches of duck blue, bottle green and purple. The restaurant also has alcoves, ideal for a romantic tête-à-tête.

© Realize by the agence BRO with Lazaro Rosa Violan

An inventive food that follows the seasons
In addition to its sublime decor, the restaurant Les Chouettes offers an inventive food, where seasonal dishes are revised with exotic touches. The Chef Alban Drevet, who trained with the Philippe Legendre from George V and Alain Pégouret from Laurent, thought a simple menu that changes regularly. Les Chouettes, is also famous for it’s cocktail bar, where you can enjoy such a drink as Anti Flirt based on Martini, vodka, peach liqueur, Amaretto, fresh raspberries, orange juice and lemon. Enthusiastic amateurs are invited.

© Realize by the agence BRO with Lazaro Rosa Violan

Open daily from 8a.m. to 1p.m.
Lunch: noon to 2p.m.
Dinner: 7.30p.m until 10p.m.

Les Chouettes (in French)
32, rue de Picardie
75003 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 61 73 21
Metro: Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9) or Filles du Calvaire (line 8).


La Maison Plisson: overall diet revisited!


The newly opened “La Maison Plisson” revisits overall diet in a friendly space spreading over 500 square meters. On the program: a farmer’s market, a wine cellar, a grocery store, a bakery, a restaurant, and a take-away service, created by Delphine Plisson, former executive officer of the Claudie Pierlot fashion label. There are nearly 3,000 references to French quality products, with several cheese makers and the butcher awarded Meilleur Ouvrier de France. As far as the restaurant is concerned, Chef Benoît Bordier of Parisian restaurant La Regalade Saint-Honoré, runs the cuisine. He draws inspiration from the various fresh produce sold on-site, and creates light recipes: fresh soups, salads, pies, vegetarian dishes etc. La Maison Plisson is thus the perfect place to sip a coffee, snack, have lunch or stock up on fresh, seasonal products, in-between two cultural trips or shopping sprees in Paris.

Open Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 9pm and on Sunday from 8:30am to 5pm.



La Maison Plisson
93, boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris
Metro: Saint-Sébastien-Froissart or Chemin Vert (line 8).

The Hotel Mareuil welcomes pastry Chef Yann Le Gall

On Saturday, May 30th 2015, the Hotel Mareuil hosted young pastry Chef Yann Le Gall for a 100% gourmet event. Organized in association with Aurore’s “Un Cactus sur la Platine” blog, this day was the opportunity for participants to discover the highly kawaii creations of the young Chef.

Instagram YLGpatisserie_lsd / Aurore, Un Cactus sur La Platine et Yann Le Gall

A very colorful tasting workshop
Entitled “the YLG Tea Time Gourmand”, this event included: a culinary workshop with Yann Le Gall to cook Tin [cubes], an origami workshop with Aurore, and a tasting of rollcakes. This colorful tasting workshop was also an opportunity to explore Japanese culinary and artistic culture.

Discover the photos of the event!

Instagram aurore_uncactussurlaplatine / Yann Le Gall at the Mareuil Hotel

Capture Instagram mlle_kalumis / Yann Le Gall’s rollcakes

Follow his creations on Instagram.
Yann’s interview by Aurore.
Facebook Un Cactus sur la platine.

Les Pinces: The Lobster Bar Of The Marais

In the mood for Lobster? Don’t look no further and go for “Les Pinces”, a fresh lobster restaurant nestled in the heart of the the Marais right next to l’Hôtel de Ville (the City Hall). Opened by four friends, this lobster bar offers two lobster plates: Grilled lobster and lobster roll. Offered as a unique menu at 25 euros, served with salad, sauce and home made fries, lobster that could be described as luxury product, becomes affordable here. And as a bonus, the lobsters used are fresh, since the restaurant Les Pinces has its own lobster pool, installed in the basement of the restaurant.

© Les Pinces

A relaxed and friendly place
We also liked the decor of the place, designed by the decorator Marika Dru from the MKD Workshop (in French). The dining restaurant adopts a raw look where wood is omnipresent, and dons school chairs or the Singer redesigned sewing tables. It is also possible to eat at the bar. An ideal place where food lovers will be delight at the reasonable prices, before walking in the Marais for some shopping.


© Les Pinces

Open every evening from 7:00pm to 10:30pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Unique menu at €25.

Les Pinces (in French)
29, rue du Bourg Tibourg
75004 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)9 83 56 47 93
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).