20.1.14

Where?


Where do we find this beautiful ceiling? Maybe a bit surprising, but it’s In a Starbucks Café, Boulevard des Capucines.


Fortunately part of the interior decoration has been saved. What’s the origin? Obviously it was part of the decoration in what used to be a branch of the famous Liberty on Regent Street in London and which could be found here during the first decades of last century. 



I have nothing against Starbucks and bravo for this nice looking café, but I have a feeling that there may a bit too many of them now in Paris… more than fifty including one on (or very close to) Place de Tertre on Montmartre.  











15 comments:

Olivier said...

ca doit etre le starbuck le plus classe au monde ;)

Julie said...

That is possibly so, Olivier, however it does not make their coffee taste any better! Peter is being too generous, as is his nature.

Jeanie said...

There are a lot of them here, too, Peter. Since I'm not a big coffee fan, they don't mean much to me. That said, I'm sure I'd stop into this one for some tea (and probably wifi, too!). It certainly is beautiful.

Starman said...

It seems like they're on every corner, but I had no idea there were so many.

claude said...

Quel chic dans ce café !
Merci Peter d'y avoir pensé !

lyliane said...

J'y suis allée dans ce café, mais je n'avais pas pensé à lui.
C'est malheureux que l'établissement ne porte pas un nom français!!

Alain said...

C'est ce qu'on appelle "l'exception culturelle Française" ?

Synne said...

Wow, If I had to go to a Starbucks (I do prefer the little, independent cafés with more personality), I would definitely choose this one! Paris always offers surprises, even in the most unlikely places!

Thérèse said...

Wow! I would have never guessed!
Too many of them though in Toulouse?? I haven't seen any yet!

Studio at the Farm said...

Starbucks??? I agree - we could do with fewer of the huge food chain stores ...
[even though it has a beautiful ceiling]

Richard Ewen said...

I remember a routine George Carlin performed where he said: "I woke up this morning and there was a Starbucks in my pants!"

They are everywhere! And the coffee is very poor quality. Never fresh and loaded with too much of whatever you ask them to put into it/

Peter Olson said...

I said in my post that I have nothing against them, except being too present. However, I must admit that I hardly ever make use of them... except if it is for taking some photos. I was cusrious about this building. ;-)

Lori S. said...

I was admiring on your website and Pinterest the beautiful Christmas decorations in Paris. The stunning Galeries Lafayette is beyond compare. And there was a Starbucks!Do Parisians need our American overpriced burnt coffee in their historic buildings?

Anonymous said...


Bravo for Starbucks and for their

Parisian customers!

I suspect their customer service

and their cleanliness are the

secrets of their success. I love

their motto among employees: When

in doubt...THROW it away...

Bravo for that cute Liberty print!

Y used their fabric a lot when my

daughter was little.

I love your city so much...

Beautiful photos, Peter!

Thank you so much.
Maria

Cergie said...

Un peu hasardeuse ton explication de l'origine de la déco en rapprochement du liberty anglais, les premières tapisseries que l'on trouve par exemple au château de la Roche Guyon utilisent ces motifs en ramage. Et puis il y a la toile de Jouy, cela mériterait que l'on se plonge sur le sujet. La France n'a pas toujours été influencée par l'art de vivre britannique, plutôt par le Japon ou l'Italie...
Quand à l'enseigne que tu cites, elle s'est implantée à Cergy-le-Haut à l'emplacement de la librairie-papeterie
:-(