CFOC: Asia in the middle of Paris

It all started with passion. Like so often. When François Dautresme, a passionate French globe-trotter, made his first trip to Asia in 1963, he fell in love with its culture and travelled the paths of the Middle Kingdom all his life until he passed away a decade ago. The shop he created back in 1966 remained though: CFOC used to be a well known spot in Paris for everybody loving Asian design.

Eclectic choice

I admit, it’s not easy to remember the four letters CFOC. But don’t worry about how to pronounce them or what this abbreviation means. Just visit this shop on Boulevard Haussmann – may be after a visit of Musée Jacquemart André just around the corner – and enjoy the beauty of the place and the products you’ll find.

After a very luxurious, yet minimalistic makeover by the design stars Sarah Lavoine and François Schmidt, CFOC has reopened at the end of 2012 and is now what you can all a concept store for Asia fans: cool atmosphere, eclectic choice of products and everything topped with a very fancy restaurant called Yoko.

Lunch at Yoko

You’ll find a nice selection of household objects, everything linked to tea, lots of furniture, leather goods, lacquer boxes. All pieces are highly refined and prices are covering, as you can imagine, a large spectrum. You might find a small present for just a couple of Euros or a beautiful wooden dining table for several thousand bucks.

Once you’ve finished shopping, head on to the restaurant Yoko. Its chef, the Korean Young Kyu Park, has conceived a menu with Kyoto-style Cesar salad, Cantonese steamed dim sum as well as semi-cooked tuna Tataki with citrus fruit sauce which is available only for lunch. It’s expensive, but apparently very good. I had no opportunity to eat there so far, but will definitely give it a shot soon. And once lunchtime passed, you can still enjoy green teas accompanied with sencha and yuzu Madeleine cakes and cookies.

Compagnie Française de l’Orient et de la Chine

170 Boulevard Haussman

75008 Paris

Tel: 01 53 53 40 80

Métro: Saint-Philippe du-Roule

Photo: © CFOC & MAP