L'Oisive Thé Paris

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L’Oisive Thé – Tea & knitting

Located in the Butte aux Cailles area, this is one of the cosiest places to sit down for some tea and… knit. Because what else does one need in winter except large quantities of tea and wool?

The name of the café/restaurant is a word game (the French love word games), because “oisivité” means to be without an occupation, unemployed, but in the sense of the nobles that did not need to work, back in the days, and could just wander around and cocoon. And “thé” means tea.

Even though I am not particularly into knitting, the idea of knitting big woolen sweaters becomes more appealing to me when surrounded by creative knits that actually look really cool and cosy. To make it even more appealing, L’Oisive Thé even sells packages for scarves that makes it even easier to start with. And if that’s still too difficult, you can attend a sewing class on Wednesday evenings.

All these tempting efforts still haven’t made me start knitting, but in the meantime I am happy to try out their teas and brunches. I carefully mention that brunches in Paris can be a bit overrated – the concept is so popular that restaurants will ask any price for any kind of food. I have to admit that 20€ for a rather simple meal is a bit overpriced even here, but apart from the orange juice, everything else is homemade. Plus, the cuteness of the place makes it the perfect start for a lazy Sunday.

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Details about this spot



8 bis, rue de la Butte aux Cailles, Paris

Telephone number


Opening Times

Tue - Fri 12:00 - 18:00, Sat - Sun 11:00 - 18:00


Pot of tea: € 5

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)