Without intention, I strolled into the 4ème’s open market square next door to the mayor’s office. Women in dresses and men in suit stood outside with cameras ready as a crisp tuxedo and bright white dress descended down the mayor’s grand staircase. Eastern-European music danced and admirers clapped as the newlywed couple made their debut to Paris.
This was the first of 5 weddings I was to see that day.
This is what I adore so much about Paris – it unexpectedly blends familiar elements of the city with the vibrancy of something new. It creates something colorful to paint your own unique picture of what the city is to you.
So my idea is this: Paris is something old and new, all in one. Being this chic elegance that’s cool and classic, it also opens its doors to be something cleverly fresh and strikingly new. May I welcome you to the culmination of this idea, La RECylcerie of the 18ème arrondissement.
Riding to the top of Line 4, Parisians climb out of the metro to Porte de Clignancourt, a crowded corner of bustling cars, scooters, and people. That’s when folks turn to see a thick window of greenery of the sidewall labeled “La RECyclerie” with their large glass doors pressed open. Strolling inside, you’re not sure if this is just any café, or maybe you hesitate if you chose the right café at all. But once you approach the bar, greeted by one of the smiling staff, surrounded by the buzzing chatter of locals and tourists alike, you realize this is something different. You’ve stumbled upon something special.
La RECylcerie once upon a time operated as a train station and has been re-purposed into a VEOLIA-approved green-haven filled with gardens, bumble bees, recycled goods, and chickens. It’s this spattering of grandeur only found with re-intended love, re-designed intention, and re-imagined creativity. I visited this space in the past, but coming again I re-saw the place with new eyes. La RECyclerie is an invitation to re-enjoy coffee with a new perspective too.
This place brings together ideas of old and new. Something re-purposed, something borrowed, and certainly something blue, too.
I raise my café filtre to that.
Or in La RECyclerie’s case, maybe I raise my beet juice tea too.
La RECyclerie: 83 boulevard Ornano, 75018 – Brunch!