Imagine walking into a ca… Wow! They have baristas like that… (｡♥‿♥｡)
[10 rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 (Paris, France; 10th district)]
Ten Belles is the café muse of Thomas Lehoux: a protégé of Le Caféothèque. But don’t let his sweet, doe-eyed look fool you. In 5 short years, he went from barista to cafe owner (2012) to co-founder of the roasting empire, Belleville Brûlerie – Paris (2013). Stuff of coffee legends.
Quality of Service:
Served by two devilishly handsome baristas. ‘Nuff said. Don’t believe me?
Quality of Product:
I ordered un café noisette (similar to a macchiato, but with steamed milk instead of foam) for 3 euro (~380 yen, 4.50 dollars), and my dear friend (and French teacher) had a cappuccino for 4 euro (~500 yen, 5.50 dollars).
The espresso of the day: La Piramide; a Belleville Brûlerie blend from Cauca, Colombia with a nice acidic kick. The current filter: Chelelektu Naturel; also a Belleville blend from Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia with notes of red fruits and chocolate.
Quality of Atmosphere:
Ten Belles is appropriately located in Saint-Martin of Paris, otherwise known as Hipsters Paradise. You can smell the combat boot/Ray Ban clad 20-somethings lounging along the river bank and riding fixed-gear bicycles before exiting the metro. And is that American and Australian accents I hear!?! This place might be counter-culture international, but Parisians make it look trop cool. [*sidenote: I thought about delving deeper into indie culture, but that would require parting with my cat tights and Okayama-themed Hello Kitty socks, and I’m just not ready for that type of commitment.]
This two-tiered café is petit (a few tables upstairs, a handful downstairs, and an adhoc table outside), but comfortable enough for meeting a friend or two. We studied French (well.. more like I attempted to speak in French and he listened to me mar it; Sorry, Arty! ><) for just over an hour and didn’t feel pressured to hurry off the premises.
Would I return? *play GIF of lovestruck Ariel. …For their coffee, of course ^_−☆ Yea… just the coffee…
Helpful Coffee Tips:
If you come to France, you will need to know how to order coffee en français.
- Start with one of the following:
- Je vais prendre ~
- Je voudrais ~
- Pour moi, ce sera ~
- Then, order your drink of choice:
- un café/ un espresso/ un express/ un petit noir = espresso
- un café double/ un double espresso = double espresso
- un café serré/ un ristretto = short shot of espresso
- un café allongé = long shot of espresso
- un café américain = Americano
- un café filtre = filtered coffee
- un café noisette = cortado
- un café crème = flat white
- un cappuccino = cappuccino
- un café moka = cafe mocha
- Don’t forget to say please and thank you:
- s’il vous plaît