Café Compagnon brings home comforts to the heart of Paris

Interior designer Gesa Hansen and restaurateur Charles Compagnon open an inviting Paris café and restaurant in the heart of the city

Interior of Cafe Compagnon with tables set with wine glasses and velvet chairs
Interiors of Cafe Compagnon.
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Restaurateur Charles Compagnon and interior designer Gesa Hansen’s new Paris café and restaurant, Café Compagnon, is a cheerful hideaway in the 2nd arrondissement that aims to be an extension of every Parisian’s apartment: a place where visitors can have a cup of coffee over their morning paper, as at all the best coffee shops, before settling down to work on their laptop for the afternoon, and, even better, meeting up with friends for dinner and drinks in the evening (something that, according to Hansen, a number of guests have actually done). 

Paris café and restaurant with a family feel

Interior of Café Compagnon, with tables, wine glasses and mustard and red seating

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Compagnon and Hansen, who have been married since 2017, very consciously chose to foster a very familial atmosphere in the middle of the busy city.

The creation of the restaurant came after the death of Compagnon’s father, a man whose side of the family he never really knew but from whom he had one treasured memento – a book of sketches made by Charles Compagnon’s grandfather, the sculptor Carlos Ferreira della Torre (1914 – 1990). 

Meat and vegetable dish with a glass of wine at the Café Compagnon restaurant

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Hansen took Ferreira della Torre’s work as a central point of inspiration for Café Compagnon’s design. The sculptor’s drawings inspired the logo, while the work of contemporary sculptor Bianca Lee Vasquez and ceramist Sophia de Moser Leitao adorn the interior.

Ultimately, the space is inviting but elegant, with expressively carved wood furniture and polished concrete floors. Hansen peppered the space with burgundy-hued marble and fabric furnishings in an ode to her and Compagnon’s newly acquired vineyard. 

Mirrors and wood art on the walls of the Café Compagnon restaurant

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The exceptional wines from this vineyard, know as Charmetemps, are the highlight of Café Compagnon’s drink menu and perfectly complement its ‘new bistro style’ French cuisine.

Highlights include, Norman sirloin steak that is matured for 60 days and marinated in oyster mushrooms with fried panisse; and farm pork loin with grape purée, vadouvan (a French derivative of a masala spice), and porcini mushrooms. 

Dessert on a white plate with a spoon and fork at the Café Compagnon restaurant

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Finish it off with some exceptional cheeses from around France or, Hansen's own favourite, a chocolate tart made with 65 per cent Venezuelan dark chocolate.

It's so good that one customer came back to the Paris café three times just to have another slice, within the first few days that Café Compagnon was open. Bon appétit.


Writer and Wallpaper* Contributing Editor

Mary Cleary is a writer based in London and New York. Previously beauty & grooming editor at Wallpaper*, she is now a contributing editor, alongside writing for various publications on all aspects of culture.