August 19, 2011

Super Faminto: 5 Days in Paris: Lunching at Merci Shop

by Bryan Sanders

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Recently a surge of concept stores and boutiques have marked our larger cities, the world over, from Paris to São Paulo, all bringing a bit of something new and curated. Concept shops like Paris’ overtly “cool” Colette throbs with waves of tourists, often fall short as many want to escape the untz-untz pouring from the speakers upon entry. Yet others like Haute Marais district’s Merci boast much larger spaces that invite you to explore the space or relax in a corner in one of their three cafes and read from their library. Get cozy.

Photo by home furniture and design webzine unjenesaisquoideco

Merci
Photo by Jason Whitaker

Merci
Photo by Jason Whitaker

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Photo by home furniture and design webzine unjenesaisquoideco

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Photo by home furniture and design webzine unjenesaisquoideco

Merci offers an impressive selection of books, clothing, home goods, furniture, craftily designed everything, cafes, and a seriously well thought out little restaurant serving a nurturing lentil soup.

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Lentil Soup with creamy coconut milk.

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Fresh vegetable plate.

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Mushroom risotto.

The salads are prepared for you.

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This is not a salad bar.

The Merci garden, where they pick many ingredients for the restaurant.

Merci
Photo by Jason Whitaker

And back inside, the Merci Restaurant brings a crowd.

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*All photos by Bryan Sanders unless otherwise noted.

Map

MERCI
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris, France
T: 01 42 77 00 33

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One Comment

  • Posted August 20, 2011 at 4:02 am

    This place looks cool. Will have to hunt it out next time I’m in Paris. I too didn’t really ‘get’ Colette when I visited, although it was packed.

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