Palais Royal ranks among my top five favorite places in Paris (as well as being a favorite of Henry + Marie’s), so this one is an automatic win for me. Situated (more like hidden) along the beautiful historic arcades and gardens, Café Kitsuné could probably serve Folgers and I’d still be happy (ok fine, that’s a bit of an exaggeration). Many people rave about their matcha latte, and their sorbets in the summer. The interior is minimalist and efficient, and not meant for lingering…there is a standing bar where you can quickly down an espresso or noisette (or photograph your latte before heading outside, as I did). If you plan to stroll the gardens (ahem, you’re not allowed to visit Paris without doing so), start your day here and enjoy your drink from their garden seating, which begs for both fountain and people watching.
Kitsune is the Japanese word for “fox”, and according to Japanese folklore, foxes have the ability to change their appearance and face. The name was apparently chosen to represent the many facets of the brand, which include fashion, music, and…café’s! I’m so fascinated by the history and growth of the brand, as you can now find them in multiple locations throughout Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and New York. Check out their site for more information + inspiration. I had planned to visit their newest concept store / café in the 11th arrondissement (hello crazy cool interior), but unfortunately ran out of time this trip. Just one more reason to return…I’m adding it to my (never-ending) list.
Café Kitsuné | 51 Galerie Montpensier 75001 Paris