There’s not much more to make me remember how much I love Paris than watching Midnight in Paris. If you haven’t seen it, you need to. Like right now. I’m serious. Stop reading this and go watch it. We’ll understand each other so much better if you’ve seen it.
So here I am- watching Owen Wilson stumble through the twenties in Paris with Fitzgerald and Hemingway- and it makes me miss the city so much. Maybe it’s just warmer weather that I’m seeing in the movie that makes it seem especially exotic on this frigid January night in London sitting by my draughty window, but none the less, I’m seeing Paris through rose-tinted glasses.
And so, let’s take a little wander through Paris. Right off the Seine, just off Ile Saint Louis, and into the Right Bank… there you’ll find one of my favourite coffee shops, Peloton. It’s co-owned by the nicest group of guys, and they serve up some delicious coffee. And some killer homemade chocolate chip cookies.
I mean, seriously, look at those gorgeous little beauties.
Even if it’s your first time in, the staff always makes you feel like you’re “in.” You’ll feel like a part of the fresh Paris scene that has cropped up over the City of Lights over the past few years, and all the while, sipping your cafe like Parisians have done for years. This isn’t the cafe you sat in with your parents when you came over in high school- this is the fresh face of the city that is taking over with hip coffee shops nestled nearby to classic corner bistros and bright and airy brunch spots alongside classic dark-paneled brasseries.
Peloton also offers bike tours that visitors to the city can join with local guides happily peddling your around the city.
To be honest, the other reason that I love going to Peloton is because I can run over to Aux Merveilleux de Fred afterwards and get a loaf of their sugary-crusted brioche. Oh mama. It’s definitely one of my favourite streets in Paris.
PELOTON COFFEE | 17 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004 Paris | @lepeletoncafe
Find more of my favourite places in Paris in my Paris guide!
*images original to Aspiring Kennedy by Noah Darnell