When a cup of joe starts to sound too average, pore over Marcelita l’Art et le Thé.
An under-the-radar destination for flowers and gifts since December, owner couple Marcela C. Mumet and Michel Robba’s gallery-like space ups its eccentricity with a new cafe.
Filled with orchids of all kinds, high-contrast photographs, and objets d’art like a moss-covered bicycle, the space has simple bistro tables — including one communal — inside and out, with just enough room for about twenty guests.
The drink menu will soon expand, but at the moment, choose from pots of the Moroccan mint, holiday berry green, and royal chrysanthemum blossom, or grab a cup of organic Sicilian coffee, all served on a gorg assortment of mismatched fine china. Snack on easy French midday fare like pain au chocolat, charcuterie, or baguette sandwiches such as ham rosé (jambon de Paris and brie) and saucisson sec (dry sausage, cornichons, butter, arugula).
Once sated, peruse the shop’s mostly vintage dishware from around the world, as well as tins and tisanes for purchase from Russia, England, Japan, China, and elsewhere. You’ll never go back to the paper cup.
Marcelita l’Art et le Thé, 8314-8316 West Third Street, between South Sweetzer and South Orlando Avenues, Mid-City West (323-424-3482 or marcelitalartetlethe.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Marcelita l’Art et le Thé
Up to 60% off Tom Tom
Architect-turned-designer Elena Coleman knows how to construct a good accessory. Her badass-sweet jewelry collection, with a delightful combo of mixed-metal chains, buttons, and bows (plus a few hearts for you romantic types), is up to 60% off on Swirl.