|Address||147 rue Amelot; 75011 Paris
between rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud and boulevard Voltaire
|Neighbourhood||11th Arrondissement – République, Haut Marais | See on map|
|Metro||Filles du Calvaire [M8], Oberkampf [M5, M9]|
|Hours||Tues-Fri 12-18. Sat-Sun 10-18.|
If you’re of a certain age, then the name of this popular café might call to mind a classic video game of your youth. ‘Perfect Delivery’ was the reward to aim for, and Paperboy in the 11th can usually be counted on to score pretty high.
The look is minimalist, a Nordic white-wash and wood accent combination, but fresh and charming. The display of retro Americana junk food – Skippy peanut butter, Duff Beer, marshmallow Fluff – is unfortunately for show only. As you’d expect from this kind of looker, the actual menu is a lot more wholesome with salads and sandwiches, complemented by various brunch options on weekends.
Those brunches aren’t cheap – 23 euros before mimosas is stiff even by Parisian standards – but all come with a basket of homemade bread, a hot drink and a generously sized glass of freshly pressed juice. Choose between Le Paperben (with eggs benedict), Le Fatty (bacon burger) and Le Healthy (pastrami and granola), or the smaller Le French (eggs and croissant for 15 euros).
It’s good as long as you’re aware that this boy runs a busy route. To minimise your wait, show up within ten minutes of opening or hold out until it’s time for second seatings. And as with any teen working these kind of gigs, there can be a bit of attitude and service can get a little frazzled and mopey. Like when your game setting got stuck on ‘Middle Road’ or ‘Hard Way’.