10 FUN FACTS ABOUT
THE HOOD PARIS !
THE NAME ("THE HOOD")
Derived in part from the idea of neighborhood, as you’d expect, but also from the etymological roots of the word for ‘cappuccino’ (capuche, which in French means… hood!). As a tribute, we call our Cafe Creme (the "Capuche") !
Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud—a highly diverse street whose social mix and village-like spirit forms a huge part of our identity : a melting pot, a street mix of cultures, a creative enclave. The New York Times called the are “ a little reminiscent of Parisian intellectuals and jazz centers of hte 1970s : Saint-Germain-des-Prés, or the East Village of the 1980s, with all that foretells… Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud is a microcosm of Paris.”
THE COLOR GREEN
We’ve always loved GREEN. Our very first purchase was a bright green Marzocco FB80 espresso machine, and we’ve essentially built The Hood’s decor around it. We’ve got green walls, green cakes (aka The Pandan), green business cards, green cocktails… and most importantly: a green philosophy. We tackle food waste with Too Good to Go and take care to locally-source from sustainable farms in France as many of our ingredients as possible.
One of the best decades in musical history, and the inspiration for our decor. The era represented dynamism, pre-internet fun and simple pleasures.
Pearl, one of our co-founders, got the idea for The Hood after participating in a street jam session during the Fête de la Musique. Seeing how music could bring together total strangers got her wondering how she could create a permanent occasion for that. The rest is history! We have instruments lying around waiting for a jam - they aren’t ornamental, but yearning to be played. The piano, the guitar, the djembe, ukelele, violin, shakers..
Part of our vision for The Hood involves it becoming a hub for creatives (where they can eat, drink, play, connect, create). We feature art by local artists all over our walls and even host exhibitions once in a while. We also host a live music event called Folk Off: check our events page for more details on that!
We are convinced this table is magical. People who sit there always end up connecting, and many an unexpected creative or work gig has been scored at this table. We’ve decided to help you benefit from its mystical powers of connection by making it bookable in advance.
We love how social media create and inspire communities—but we also believe strongly in logging off from time to time. At The Hood Paris, we have laptop-free hours in place during certain hours and strongly encourage real-life conversation. Talk to strangers! They’re just friends you haven’t met yet.
OUR SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS
You were going to ask for it eventually. Our baristas are mostly music-lovers / musicians. They curate all music played at The Hood Paris. We also have a collaborative playlist if you wish to participate in our Weekly Mixtape selections. Ask the team when you're at The Hood !
The Hood is Yours—because even though we technically run this place, you’re the ones who make it worth coming back to. Our role is to provide a space and nourish your creativity with quality food and drink. We've been reviewed as probably the "happiest place on earth", we hope you'll experience and have memories at The Hood Paris this way too.