Inside the New Parisian Cafe You’re About to See All Over Instagram
Created by the coolest fashion designer.
Published Mar 29, 2019 1:31 PM
The hottest new spot in Paris is basically the South of France. Well, actually, the just-opened Café Citron is in the new Galeries Lafayette on the Champs-Elysées, but between the massive terra-cotta pots, the lemon trees, and the rustic wooden accents, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into a chic southern boutique. Café Citron is a collaboration between storied Parisian restaurant Caviar Kaspia and fashion designer Simon Porte Jacquemus. Given Jacquemus’s cemented status as fashion It girls’ favorite designer, it’s safe to say this spot will quickly hold a similar position in Parisian cafe culture. Prepare to see every inch of this stylish spot splashed on your Instagram feed this spring.
Inspired by Jacquemus’s well-documented love for the Riviera, the cafe has all the trappings of southern France. Aside from the steady stream of light filtering in through massive floor-to-ceiling windows, the space is also notable for its saturation of natural, rustic materials. Square, wooden bistro tables with different-colored inlaid tiles are flanked by an array of mismatched, vintage-looking chairs. We spy more than a few of the ever-popular cane chairs—another sign that Café Citron is primed to go viral.
And of course, given the name, the cafe is full of lemon references. From massive citrus trees to crates full of lemons and centerpieces featuring scattered pieces of fruit, the lemon motif is alive and well.
Even the cafe’s signature dessert features citrus notes. Created by chef Cedric Grolet, it’s a hand-painted “lemon” that, when cracked open, reveals a lemon curd filling. Jacquemus posted a video teasing this sugary treat, and it’s mesmerizing.
Can’t make it to Paris right now? Here are some South of France–inspired decor pieces that’ll help you emulate Café Citron’s signature style in the comfort of your own home.
Looking at the cafe’s assortment of chairs, the most striking thing is that no two pairs are alike. Hit up your vintage shop for an antique wooden dining chair or if you don’t have a secondhand store in the vicinity, this oak chair from Article works well.
Don’t live in the right climate for lemon trees? Incorporate the sunny hue elsewhere—like in your table linens.
A smaller take on the massive terra-cotta pots Jacquemus chose for Citron’s decor, this bottle vase is the ideal vessel for your favorite dried florals.
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