|The Mad Hatter and the March Hare putting the Dormouse in the Teapot, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, 1865|
Saturday, February 15, 2020
COFFEE BEANS & BEINGS / ADVENTURES IN AND OUT OF THE TEA POT
Le Loir (3 Rue des Rosiers –75004, Paris) is named after the unfortunate dormouse who gets dunked in the pot at the Mad Hatter's tea party in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Since 1996, Paul Boccia and his family have operated Le Loir dans La Theiere (coffee house and restaurant) located in the popular Parisian right bank district of “The Marais.”
A Wall illustration is painted in the middle of this mid-flea market, mid bohemian decor restaurant. You will also see a wide range of eclectic themed posters covering the walls.
The menu, daily and homemade cooked, combines fresh and seasonal products. The entrees and desserts are prepared on-site. The kitchen offers a delicious blend of sweet and salty dishes from 9 am to 7.30 pm, everyday of the week. The restaurant does not take reservations
The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets that beg to be explored. It is home to small boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner, there are gems of architecture spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical libraries and 17th century splendor. This neighborhood unites a rich mix of people of all ages, but it's best known for the gay scene mostly in the south and the Jewish community around Rue des Rosiers.
Its squishy sofas are the perfect complement to its comfort food: it specialises in baked goods, and the famed lemon meringue and chocolate fondant are divine. At weekends it's packed out with tourists in search of brunch; long queues of people looking enviously at your plate, plus occasionally patchy service, can mar the experience. Come early (before noon) or be prepared to stand in line.