Founded at the start of the 20th century by Auguste Woehrlé, a navigator who had returned to dry land, the house of Verlet, famous for its selection of teas and coffees, is one of those rare places where times appears to stand still…
Located along the very chic rue Saint-Honoré, the discreet exterior of Verlet café is in contrast to the hot spots and luxury boutiques that abound in the area. And how! Don’t be put off by its apparent austerity… Once you cross the threshold you will be taken far away from your daily concerns, sheltered from the Parisian hustle and bustle at the heart of this comfortable and cosy refuge. Is it the wood furniture, the green leather seats or the smell of the freshly-ground coffee? Here, all is warmth, comfort and authenticity.
On the menu, as you have already guessed, coffee is the star of the show! There is nothing surprising about this. When Auguste Woehrlé first opened this shop, it was a colonial trading post where barrels of rice, spices, teas and oils mingled with…sacks of coffee, of course. Little by little, under the influence of different descendants and the current proprietor, the counter was transformed and became specialised in seeking out and roasting rare coffees. So much so that today, thirty-odd major vintages from every continent are on offer here. And that’s not all! The house is at pains to reconcile coffee lovers and die-hard tea drinkers with a selection of natural and perfumed teas: black tea, white tea, green tea, blue tea… there is something for everyone!
The little extra? With a nod to its colonial trading outpost past, don’t leave Verlet without a sample of the bags of coffee, sachets of tea, pots of honey, baskets of candied fruit or boxes of biscuits that have been giving you the eye from the window display.