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The 100% Packaging-Free Organic Pop-Up store by BioCoop, originally just slated to run through COP21, has been such a success that it's not extended through the end of February.  There are over 250 itiems available in bulk, including produce, fresh bread, dairy (butter, yogurt and cheese), fresh ground coffee, nut butters, and other items, 20% from local sources. If you don't bring your own reusable glass jars and other containers you can buy them at the shop. At 14 rue du Châteu d'Eau, 10th, open 10am-8pm Mon-Sat. 

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Monday
Mar092009

Fourmi

La Fourmi
79 Rue des Martyrs, 18th
M° Pigalle/Anvers
Tel: 01 43 14 00 30

Open from 8:30am (10am on Sunday) until 2am (4am on Friday and Saturday).

Review by Aileen O'Riordan

A good cheap place with atmosphere in the 18th near La Cigale. Comfortable, loud and filled with all manner of people, it's a wonderful spot to pass an afternoon after a trek around Montmartre, or to find a neighbourhood feel in what can sometimes be pretty commercial area. The tartines and frites are tasty, however, depending on how busy it gets, service could be slow. During the summer, the terrace serves as a perfect vantage point for spotting the characters venturing around Pigalle.

Aileen O'Riordan, Irish, 31, living in Paris in the Marais for the last four years working as a lawyer. Interests include travel, music, wining and dining and meeting interesting people.

 

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Reader Comments (1)

Just to say that the restaurant over the road - La Marmite - makes for a very nice, reasonably priced meal. For a young englishman who has recently moved to Paris, it's nice to find such a place near my house. What pleased me most was not the expertly prepared steak nor the different take on salad, but finding a restaurant on Rue de Clichy relatively untainted by the tourist-trap nature of montmartre.

I shall have a drink in La Fourmi tonight, with good expectations.
February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ

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