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Café Smörgås at La Trésorerie

Café Smörgås at La Trésorerie

Café Smörgås at La Trésorerie

One thing I certainly don’t have to do with this Scandinavian hype currently going on in Paris is miss home. Coffee shops, restaurant and stores – almost everything is currently starting to look very similar to what I’m used to back in Sweden. I’m having both positive and negative feelings about this trend taking over this city; on one side it’s a very pretty trend (we Scandinavians actually know how to decorate, cook and dress quite nicely if I may say so myself) but on the other hand it can also be quite dull to see the same pattern repeated over and over again. After all, I didn’t move to France because I wanted to see another version of Stockholm, right? Perhaps that’s why I don’t mind grabbing a seat at Ladurée, Carette or any other typical Parisan place in the city?

But, one thing that’s hard to deny is the fact that it sometimes can be incredibly nice to get a little taste of home while being away and even though I’m not as crazily excited as the Parisians seem to be about this minimalistic (and wooden-detailed) trend I have to say that I don’t mind it.

The other day Katie and I met up to take care of some birthday shopping business (yes, everyone seems to have been born in either April or May for some reason) and decided to start our morning with a little bite at the Swedish café called Café Smörgås (meaning “open faced sandwich” in Swedish). Oh how I’ve missed this dark whole grain bread! Something you don’t normally come across in the land of baguettes. Together with some salted butter and blueberry jam I could very likely eat this for the rest of my life (and another perfect combo is to eat it with avocado on top, yum!).

  • Nena Verbeeck

    Fun way to find out what Smörgås actually really is ^^ I know what you mean when you talk about the decorating etc etc. I find that everything that comes from Scandinavia looks better, works better and feels better. I love the style you’ve cultivated over the years. Your books are better, your tv series are better and thank god for Ingvar Kamprad to bring IKEA into our lives ^^ I’m hoping to visit Stockholm for the first time in September! :)

    • Paris in Four Months

      Haha happy you like it. And have fun if you end up visiting Stockholm!

  • Divya

    The pictures are beautiful! but I loved carette! nothing to beat a beautiful Parisian cafe!

    • Paris in Four Months

      Thanks :)

  • Rachel Sanders

    What a beautiful looking cafe! I love it when cafes give you tea in strainers!

    • Paris in Four Months

      Me too!

  • surrealist

    No need to be modest :) , I spent exchange semester in Sweden couple of years ago and enjoyed every single design aspect there. People there, actually Scandinavians in general are the best dressed people in the world if you ask me. And yes, I miss smorgas, kanelbullar, kottbullar and more a lot :D . Greetings from Austria!

    • Paris in Four Months

      Haha happy you think so :) And yes, I miss those things too…

  • Supal

    I was only there for a few days and I know exactly what you mean, I miss the combination of sweet and salty in the smorgas. I was so impressed at first that I saw so many photos of parisian cafe hot spots and actually thought, don’t you miss home?! When I was living in Scotland (as I am American) I definitely missed some delicacies from home, though American delicacies are not too special haha <3 Hope you have a lovely week, Carin! x

    • Paris in Four Months

      I do actually, but not too much ;) And if I do I can always come here now. Thank you, you too!

  • Helen

    This looks wonderful :) I haven’t discovered any Scandinavian cafes in the UK yet, certainly not in my city. The food look delightful :)

    • Paris in Four Months

      I’m sure they’re on their way ;)

  • mariell øyre

    we are kind of taking over the world with our filter coffee and cinnamon buns, aren’t we? i even went to an icelandic café in brighton a couple of months ago, it was great. i love having access to tyrkisk peppar and rödbetssallad and daim. <3

  • S.leonella

    I’m not a minimalist, so I’m definitely not a fan of this kind of decoration, I don’t want this all over Paris :/

  • Lauren Lou

    Yes you may, sweetheart. All the Scandis I know are so chic, you included. “some birthday shopping business” – you sneaky girls, of course I love you both!! xx

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