Merce and the Muse

A good neighborhood coffee shop is small and comfy, a local place where you can pluck down and get lost in your work, or hang out with friends. It should be warm and inviting, and always have a gentle hum in the background. A perfect home away from home, just around the corner.

Which is precisely what Merce and the Muse would be for me, if I were to live in Paris. Small and quiet, the place has a decidedly East Village vibe that’s hard to find outside of New York. Located in a quieter part of the city, you’re not too far from a park and a fruit market, making this a nice stop on a leisurely afternoon. There’s a small selection of delectable looking, rave-worthy food.

While many rave about the coffee in Paris, I found it to be generally hit or miss. Here it’s definitely a hit. I went for an espresso, and it was perfectly roasted, bold and Italian in style, with a crisp yet rich flavor that lingered just long enough without leaving an aftertaste. And, I’ll be honest – I forgot to grab the receipt, but I believe it was somewhere around 2€.

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.