This little tea place and restaurant is one my favorite spots in Paris. Ideally located on rue des Rosiers, near a lot of clothing shops and not far away from the gorgeous Place des Vosges, Le loir dans la théière is the perfect place to meet friends and relax while enjoying a cup of tea or a delicious cake. The name of the place, literally “The dormouse in the teapot” is an allusion to Lewis Carrol and one can see on the walls drawings of Alice in Wonderlands. You sometimes have to wait to get a table but once you are sitting in one of their comfortable old armchairs, looking at all the well-dressed young Parisians around you, it’s likely you won’t want to leave soon. Their lunch menu is quite simple but always good, most of the time salads and quiches. They also have a good brunch on Sunday but the most interesting, and this is why this is such a famous place in Paris, is their list of cakes. Look around you, in the first room, and you will find a big table with at least 6 or 7 home-made delicious cakes. It’s always really hard to choose but one of their classic is their lemon meringue pie, both succulent and so gigantic that one slice is big enough for two.

It’s true that this place is often crowded during the week-end and if you want to try it on a Sunday morning for brunch or on a Saturday afternoon, you can’t skip the line. But this is also how you recognize a really good address! I’ve been many times, never was disappointed and even had the opportunity to run into famous French actors or singers there. It’s also quite affordable for the neighborhood and, despite its rising popularity, remains the type of place where you always feel welcome.