Here's my absolute favorite spot in the 7ème, LE CAIRN Coffee Shop & Naturopathie. Family-owned and run by a friendly mother-son team, Le Cairn is part epicerie, part holistic health center, with gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan treats served every day from the likes of MyFreeKitchen, L'Atelier des Lilas, and Toma sans Gluten. Everyone says it's the best coffee in Paris!
Conveniently located across from AUP, steps away from the Eiffel Tower and Pont de l'Alma, Le Cairn is the perfect place to cozy up on the sofa with a glass of freshly made detoxifying juice, watching locals walk by on pretty Rue Dupont des Loges. With two resident naturopaths and a massage therapist, the Le Cairn team offers holistic treatments, coaching sessions, and quality organic products in a beautiful, welcoming atmosphere. Photographs by Lionel Orriols line the café walls, and zig-zagging wooden shelves display everything from essential oils and hydroxydase to tasty kale chips, aloe juice, and kombucha. I take / send all my friends here for mini gluten-free cupcakes, carrot cake, almond tarts and vegan muffins and chocolate emporter or sur place. The cookies and brownies are exceptional- I brought a cookie home and told myself, before ascending the stairs, "Just one bite," and by the third floor, the cookie was gone. One of my neighbors claimed they could even hear me crunching. If you prefer something more substantial, Le Cairn also serves quiches, salads, and sandwiches by Noglu and MyFreeKitchen, among others.
So far none of my friends could tell they were eating gluten-free ("That's impossible- this is so moist," my friend Tiffany said approvingly of the almond tart), and everybody loves the juices, made with organic ingredients like radish and ginger. Francine and Mathias are incredibly nice, too. They remember everybody and every time I come in- which is every week- they're charming all the customers, who linger and relax in the sunny shop. I went with my friend Janet when she visited Paris recently and she said, "This is the best day ever. I can finally eat something vegan and gluten-free that I didn't have to bake myself!" Starting in September, their naturopathic services will expand to include massage as well. It's a unique concept for Paris- I've never seen this kind of place outside of Asia- one stop where you can buy all your natural products and gluten-free snacks while taking care of your health, too.
I can't actually remember what I did before Le Cairn opened. Now that I know I'm allergic to everything, the 7ème is basically a vegan wasteland. Since I'm loathe to leave the Left Bank, it's nice having a calm, spotlessly clean gluten-free café right around the corner, especially one run by such lovely Parisians. If they start serving cheesecake, I might live there.
P.S. I took the paper home and composted it :)