On a boiling hot afternoon without air conditioning, there's little to be done but lie as still as possible in front of the fan, like a comatose starfish, and avoid touching any body parts. Or you can brave the heat in hopes of catching a fleeting breeze on a bike ride. This particular day, I chose the latter, and headed straight to la Chambre aux Oiseaux. It seemed like just the place to spend a summer afternoon, lingering over an ice cold lemonade and good conversation with a friend.
Equipped with a flowy sundress for maximum wind circulation (the best reason to wear a dress in the summer), I pedaled under the deliciously cool shade of trees up to Canal St. Martin. Just two steps away from the canal sits la Chambre aux Oiseaux, a total gem that feels like it was plucked straight out of a sleepy street in the West Village. Rustic and inviting, like the living room of your stylish best friend who knows the best vendors at the flea market, la Chambre aux Oiseaux is the perfect spot to curl up on a cozy couch, with a well worn book and a cup of tea. This was a cafe after my own heart, filled with those little details that make a place so special -- a true coup de coeur.
La Chambre aux oiseaux
48, rue Bichat
+33 9 81 45 45 38