There’s Not a Ton of Choice, but Everything’s Good at the Broken Arm

If you want to shop and eat in the same place, the Broken Arm is for you… and even if you don’t, it’s still a fantastic place to grab lunch.

The idea behind the Broken Arm is that the a concept store, which sells a carefully curated selection of clothing, shoes, and art books, is attached to a small, cozy café. The store features only 40 designers, each of which was hand-picked by all three co-owners, and the same sense of minimalism and intensely curated products is just as present at the café, with a great ever-changing lunch menu featuring fresh, seasonal dishes and homey comfort-food desserts.

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On the day of my visit, the menu included one of my all-time favorite dishes: vitello tonnato, or veal with tuna sauce. The dish was seasoned with giant capers, excellent olive oil, and a big handful of arugula.

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My sister, who converted me to ordering fish in restaurants, got the cod with asparagus and tomatoes. The sauce was almost a broth, and it was positively full of flavor.

This café is located in the trendy North Marais, and as such, it had to make a choice: be a restaurant or an office. It opted for the former, which means no WiFi and no computers allowed. Honestly, that’s just fine with me: not only is my actual office (aka Season Take Away) literally just up the block, I love the atmosphere here: while the food is great (and yeah, it’s not cheap) it has the vibe of what French people call une cantine. The literal translation is a school cafeteria, but in Parisian parlance, it’s come to refer to a regular lunch or dinner spot, where you know the menu by heart and the people behind the bar know your drink order. And that’s exactly the kind of place I love to discover.

The Broken Arm – 12, rue Perrée, 75003

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