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In a former train station straddling La Petite Ceinture railway, Paris’s old beltline, La REcyclerie offers a quirky, eco-friendly place for a coffee, a lengthy Sunday brunch, summer movies on the train tracks, or even workshops on recycling.
The interior of this repurposed gare is fabulously eclectic: mismatching chairs, stripped-bare walls decorated with old window frames, and large back windows overlooking a stretch of the railroad tracks that thin off into the distance. It all comes together to make for a comfy, cool café to work on your laptop or to meet up with friends for a relaxed meal.
Outside along the tracks, you’ll find a little haven of tranquillity: a leafy vegetable garden complete with beehives, chickens, goldfish, and goats, as well as compost heaps filled with the waste from the café.
This veritable urban farm offers a serene and bucolic scene right off the noisy, bustling Porte de Clignancourt full of people streaming toward the flea markets of Saint-Ouen.
Sitting on the benches within La REcyclerie’s garden is like a day out in the countryside. Pull up a table for an early evening apéro with friends, sipping drinks and nibbling on tapas, or spend lunch snacking on some of the healthy, seasonal items on the ever-changing menu.
The chefs use fresh, home-grown and locally sourced ingredients in their dishes, offering a good selection of vegetarian and vegan options. La REcyclerie also serves up fresh juices, home-made lemonades, and some tasty cocktails. Whatever you order, you really can’t go wrong.
The only fault we can find with this place is that it’s pretty popular and since they don’t take reservations, getting your favorite bench on a sunny afternoon can be tricky. But you can always explore the miniature farm while you wait.