Le Rocketship

Words: Anne Ditmeyer

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 including Le Rocketship. Part design boutique, and part coffee bar.

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 in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. It is located between the Saint-Georges (12) and Pigalle (2, 12) metros. Closed on 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:



Le Rocketship — 1 Comment

  1. Ah Paris. There is nothing like wandering into
    a smart little shop off the beaten path. There is nothing like purchasing from smart little shop on-line. Alas, smart little shops
    have smart and arty websites but you can not order as I tried last week from a shop in the Marais I found on Paris Marais.com. Moia is an
    interesting store, but does not tell you prices or size and will not do email cc etc.I think prices depend on zip code. Why does not Vingt do a small online site to order a few items from your favorite shops.And who is the dizzy blonde from Shakespere and Co…Sylvia would turn over in her grave we know she has never read the “Making of the Americans” or “Amazon of Letters” but I bet she reads Vogue and Elle.

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