Auteuil Brasserie is an Italian cafe built in an old railway station in Paris’ Left Bank. The architect Laura Gonzalez conceived it as ‘a place where I would want to come over the weekend with my family and friends!’ The 500 square meter space, including the garden and the rooftop terrace, has been described as ‘a breath of fresh air’.
Located on the edge of the “Coulé Verte, in the 16th Arrondissement, Gonzalez designed the interiors of the French locale in an Italian aesthetic. It is a warm restaurant with a mixture of lighting and textures, and raw and precious finishes that make for a pleasant atmosphere.
The restaurant is developed almost exclusively with natural materials such as plywood, wicker and linen’ according to the designer. The space also boasts dark oak wooden floors and along the ceiling are a series of lamps in natural bamboo, linen and rafia strung together emphasizing the tall interiors.
The main areas of the brasserie are connected smoothly with the bar as the centerpiece of the establishment. The multi-use space includes a billiard room and a comfortable lounge with sofas, both of which are located behind the bar. Laura Gonzalez commissioned landscape artists from Arom Paris. The firm selected all of the brasserie’s plant décor inside the eatery and for the terrace. She designed the dining space herself creating a relaxed atmosphere mixing modern and traditional with industrial and vintage finds. Many of the furnishings and fixtures were found in the Parisian flea market in Saint Ouen.
The seasonal menu features popular Italian dishes including pizza and pasta and leans heavily on Italian cheeses such as the buttery Burrata and Mozzarella di Buffala. Italian tartare dishes are included, but as it’s own section, Gonzalez offers the original french dish in a meat and fish version. Other notables include Italian style panini sandwiches stuffed with mozzarella and speck, a traditional Italian cured beef.
The colorful drinks served in mason jars are a nice touch and add to the brassiere’s style and mood.
Where: 78 rue d’Auteuil, Paris