Scruffy Paris – An Introduction

Since moving back to Paris, I’ve noticed things have gotten a bit – sleeker.

Boulangeries and pâtisseries glisten with beautiful new façades.  Cafés attempt to attract your eye with stunning graphic designs and trendy fonts.  Many times, you get great food, service, drinks, etc. behind these esthetically pleasing efforts.  Other times, you may be greatly disappointed (and feel like a bit of a sucker for marketing).

But there’s still parts of Paris that exist that don’t have the fancy buildings.  That don’t have the fetching exterior with brilliant illustrations or fonts.  It’s a place where you have to take a chance, push the door open and find something great.

And that’s what I want to showcase in a series of posts that I’m going to call “Scruffy Paris.”  Scruffy Paris is not meant to be an insult – but rather a celebration of those who do great work, but who maybe get passed over because they aren’t whatever is the latest trend in esthetics.  Or they aren’t in the trendy touristy neighborhoods.  These are the hidden gems of Paris, the local talent and the delicious results.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my favorite “scruffy” spots in hopes that you’ll come to appreciate them just as much as I do.


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