The Broken Arm
Flooded with light and tastefully decorated, it’s hard to decide which part of The Broken Arm to explore first: the cafe, which beckons visitors with the smell of freshly brewed coffee and the happy murmur of diners, writers, and Marais-locals enjoying the ambience; or the chic concept store space, stuffed with fashion, accessories, books and more. It’s a conundrum. But you can’t go wrong. It’s a typical day at The Broken Arm when someone walks in to do, eat, or find one particular thing and ends up lingering in this lightly Scandi-fabulous space for hours.
Overseen by Swedish chef Linda Granebring, the seasonal lunch menu at The Broken Arm Cafe is a particular highlight, showcasing bright, healthy salads, warming soups, open-faced sandwiches and more. And it’s all a cut above what you might expect from your typical cafes-in-shops fodder. Be honest, would you have expected swordfish tartare or quail terrine with green salad and pickles on the menu? The expertly-brewed, rich coffee is another draw, especially for the area’s creative types who, admittedly, come here for the neighbourhood vibe, as much for the delicious, work-fuelling Café Lomi coffee.
A walk through the rest of The Broken Arm, founded by Guillaume Steinmetz, Anaïs Lafarge, and Romain Joste in 2013, will show you the fashions that featured on the virtual pages of their original venture, the fashion and lifestyle website, De Jeunes Gens Modernes. Here, shoppers might happen upon pieces by Kenzo or Christophe Lemaire, earrings by Loewe or men’s t-shirts by Raf Simons with just a cursory perusal. Given a couple of hours, shoppers might load up with anything from design books and sneakers to a whole new set of deliciously quirky office supplies.