Le Cairn Coffee Shop & Naturopathie, Paris 7è

 
 

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 MyFreeKitchenL'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 :)

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15 comments:

  1. Good morning, Ariana! Have you done a review on Noglu yet that I missed? I'm interested in your opinion, since I've heard it to be the holy grail of gluten-free food in Paris. A gluten-intolerant friend is visiting me next week and I want to check before making a reservation.

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    1. Hi Ji! My review of Noglu is I hate it. The food is not very good, it's expensive, the service is bad, and there are no egg-free or dairy-free options. Since many celiacs cannot eat dairy or eggs, it makes no sense for a gluten-free restaurant to not have any menu items that fit the bill.

      Yea, everybody loves Noglu and Helmut Newcake except me. I know so many people who've gotten food poisoning at Helmut Newcake multiple times, and heard of at least five more who got food poisoning there... I don't know what is wrong with that kitchen, but I personally got sick from Helmut Newcake three times over the course of two years. Once my friend and I ate baba rhum there and got so sick on the Metro, the RATP lady had to take us back to the showers. She said she would never visit that place- I hope she never has!

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  2. this place looks fabulous ! i might visit it during my next day-trip to Paris. This time, it will be a " zero waste - achats en vrac " hunting trip !
    i use to visit museum and historic places when i visit, but this time will be different.

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    1. It is fabulous! What a nice idea for your trip. Can you find a lot of zero waste and bulk places to shop in Orleans?

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  3. i am in the zero waste state of mind since a few weeks,.. guetting there slowly (in order to get kids and hubby into too).
    vegetable, fruits, eggs and bread are pretty easy to shop zero waste. We are not big meat/fish eater so i will manage these products in a second time.
    i'm still in process to shop cereals and alike zero waste.
    Just yesterday i've found " Etik et Bio " in the center of Orléans, and they have the widest choice of " en vrac" i have find until now, even things like salt !
    Still searching a place for " en vrac " olive oils and vinegar (apple cider and white vinegar for household.
    I love this process because it develops creativity and makes me question my needs and wants.

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    1. Yes vinegars are so hard. I never have enough scraps to make my own either. What a nice example you set for your kids!

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  4. Ariana,

    Good to see you make the best out of summer. Summers are for travelling and adventures.

    My best friend moved to paris last year and he loves it out there. Next time I talk to him, I am going to casually mention these places I am reading on your blog and imagine his jaw drop.

    - Archana.

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    1. You are too funny Archana :) You should visit him soon!!

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  5. As I do not live in The City of Lights, but the pretty Ghent, and I am also 'allergic to A LOT', your recipe's are a great source of inspiration. So the diverse topics are great for me!

    Love!
    Emma.

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    1. Hi Emma! I'm sorry you're allergic to so many things too :( but I'm glad you enjoy the gluten-free talk ! It's always nice to have a kindred spirit! Love, Ariana

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    2. PS Ghent is very pretty! And clean, and there are zero waste stores there! I'm jealous :)

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    3. Hi Ariana. Don't be sorry. I am very much ok with it. I get to make my own good food instead of eating junk. I'm glad my body makes that choice for me.

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