Throughout my time of living in Germany, I began to cook and bake more when one day I realized I had potential. I decided to take my recipes and create a vegan cookbook, something I’ve always wanted to do. Throughout the creation of the cookbook, I finalized my visions of the photography. I wanted to use antique European plates and table clothes to fuse the old with the new.
When I walked past Lily of the Valley, I noticed Parisian women sitting outside while enjoying a pot of tea from historic-looking teapots and cups. I knew I had to go inside since the day prior I stared at 1700s floral dish ware in the Louvre from the Marie Antoinette era. Although small inside, the cute and quaint décor boasted a frency-femanine feel where flowers blossomed from the ceiling to the upholstery.Adorning exposed brick walls and faux flowers blossoming from the ceiling, Lily is the typical yet unique Parisian cafe.
With an extensive list of teas, I ordered a floral green tea infused with rose, mango and jasmine tea. This was one of the best deals I ordered while in Paris. For under four Euros I drank a pot of tea and quietly watched the locals come in and out. Some sat outside and smoked a cigarette while sipping on espresso and reading a book. They took their time and enjoyed a breath of fresh air. How cute. How quaint. How Parisian. I could get used to the lifestyle of lounging at cafes for hours – oh wait – I am used to it, thanks to Germany's love for cafes espresso and kuchen (cake). What seems like a cafe culture shock is having to sip and run to open more tables back in the states. So for now I must learn to enjoy the leisurely cafe experience now while I still live in Germany.
Along with teas, Lily of the Valley offers homemade baked bread and goods that are cooked daily from the owner. The owner's, married in real life, were some of the friendly Parisians I met during the trip in Paris.
If you want to experience a traditional Parisian café I highly recommend Lily of the Valley.
12 rue Dupetit Thouars
Marais Nord, 3ème