Tea and Cake, American-Style, at L’Enclos de Ninon

I can’t count the number of times people have asked me for restaurant recommendations. I have a list I can rattle off, particularly for first-timers who want the “classic” Paris experience, but there’s so much more to Paris than just a handful of places where you can get steak-frites and escargots. I’ve decided to start sharing my top local spots, so check back every Tuesday for a new one of my personal favorites.

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Seeing as I have no office to speak of, I have two choices for getting work done: laze around my apartment in sweatpants and pretend to work while also doing laundry, watching YouTube videos, and baking cookies, or putting on my big-girl pants and taking myself out to a café.

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L’Enclos de Ninon is one of my favorite places to work. It’s a relatively small, cozy café on the Left Bank, not far from the Pantheon.

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It has whitewashed walls, comfy chairs (but not too comfy…), a large selection of teas (I’m a big fan of rooibos, at the moment), and it certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s on my bus line.

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There are lots of choices of places to sit, most of which have natural sunlight, which I love.

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Snack-wise, there’s a host of choices, including some French-style pâtisseries, like the opéra and fruit tarts up top, or these more homestyle chocolate fondants.

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But there’s also a lot of American treats, as the coffee shop is also home to an American wedding cake company. That means cupcakes, cheesecake, and cookies too.

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If you decide to try it out, come say hello! I’ll be the one furiously typing in a corner.

L’Enclos de Ninon – 68 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005

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