Text + Images: Anne Ditmeyer, Prêt à Voyager
As the holidays quickly approach, it’s always a good reminder to support local businesses. I’m lucky to call the 9th arrondissement home, which is full of interesting, independent shops, and one of the most recent additions is Le Rocketship. Part design boutique, and part coffee bar, owner Benoît Touche has been dreaming up this project for ages, but only officially opened its doors on October 5th.
The location is prime in the 9th arrondissement, around the corner from Hotel Amour, a block from rue des Martyrs, and just a few steps away from a handful of restaurants with sprawling terraces. Additionally, it’s an area full of locals, giving the neighborhood extra charm.
As soon as you enter, the wall of posters designed by Benoît’s brother Emmanuel, aka “Misteratomic,” will catch your eye. (He also designed the logo for the boutique.) I’m still trying to decide which print is my favorite and will grace the walls of my apartment.
The design side of the shop strives to include a range of products and creations you won’t find elsewhere in the city. Benoît is always striving to discover new artists. One of my favorite parts of the shop is the “Made in Paris 9ème” where little signs mark all of the work created by local artisans. Benoît is more than happy to share his knowledge about his products with you. Recently, he’s also added a few pieces of vintage furniture to the mix.
Straight ahead, the coffee bar awaits, striving for quality over quantity (and they even offer to go cups). You can even ask to see Benoît’s barista certificate; he was trained at La Caféothèque. All of the coffee in the cafe is from Coutume, meaning there’s great coffee in the north of Paris as well.
Really, as far as I’m concerned though, the best – and hardest to find – thing in Paris is a chai tea latte. And now I only have to go a couple blocks for the best one I’ve tried in the city so far. C’est si bon! You can also cosy up at the bar, chat, and flip through possibly the only copy of the Design*Sponge at Home book in France (until it’s officially released here).
Le Rocketship is located at 13 bis rue Henry Monnier 75009 Paris. It is located between the Saint-Georges and Pigalle metros. Closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit their official website, or like them on Facebook, for the latest news from the shop.
While you’re in the neighborhood, also visit:
- Clothing boutique, Vanina Escoubet: 1 rue Henry Monnier, 75009
- Homemade jams (with beautiful packaging) from La Chambre aux Confitures: 9 rue des Martyrs, 75009
- Custom hats by Vanessa Deutsch: 19, rue Clauzel, 75009
- Urban clothing and accessories at L’Oeuf/South Pigalle: 9 Rue Clauzel, 75009