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L'OisiveThé, Salon de Thé et Yarn Shop.

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L'OisiveThé is a tea shop located in the 13 arrondissement of Paris. There is a weekly knitting group called Tricothé that meets on Wednesday nights.

TricoThé is a weekly knitting group at the salon de thé/yarn shop, L’OisiveThé. A knitting and crochet haven to get away from the hustle and bustle of the City of Lights. Knitters and crocheters come together to enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine and to knit or crochet! We are currently meeting on Wednesday nights at 7pm at the tea house which is located in the 13th arrondissement.

Information on TricoThé at L’OisiveThé can be found on the tea house blog at www.loisivethe.com.

10, rue de la Butte aux Cailles or 1, rue Jean Marie Jego
75013 PARIS
Metro: Place d’Italie or Corvisart
Bus: Line 62

When: 7:30 until 10pm

Folllow L’Oisivethé on Twitter: http://twitter.com/loisivethe

Also, please join our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paris-France/LOisiveThe-Sal...

Now Available: North American hand painted yarns!

L’OisiveThé now carries three lines of American hand painted yarns: Lorna’s Laces, ShibuiKnits, Dream in Color and Sweet Georgia Yarns!

You will be able to find beautiful hand painted sock yarns and beautiful solid, slightly verigated worsted, lace weight and organic worsted wool from Lorna’s Laces. Beautiful handpainted yarns from ShiBui Knits. Colorful semi solid and verigated sock yarn, lace weight and sport weight from Sweet Georgia. Deeply verigated and semi solid sock yarn from Dream in Color.


12:00PM - 06:00PM
12:00PM - 10:00PM
Thu - Fri:
12:00PM - 06:00PM
Sat - Sun:
11:00AM - 06:00PM

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by on

Whenever I travel, I love to look for yarn shops. The website is intriguing. But the shop is soooo wonderful! So happy I stopped in, and I’m hoping that I can stop one more time before I leave France! Wonderful place, great staff. Beautiful yarn. Please keep doing this forever, so I can return.


by PassionKNITly on Wednesday, Jan 29 2014 at 07:05PM CST

This store might be the inspiration for my next trip to Paris. I visited in 2010 with a friend who doesn't knit. We went together and enjoyed some tea and I stared at all the yarns, some of which he convinced me to buy. :)

I think that most of the yarn that was there is stuff I could have bought in the States, but I know they have exclusive colorways and it's just such a great shop that I can't wait to go back. I started following them on Instagram somehow and am just in LOVE with the shop.


by karen on Monday, Oct 24 2011 at 11:18PM CDT

Hi Aimee - I had the pleasure of meeting you in your lovely shop on a Wednesday evening in late August - I was travelling from Western Canada with my sister-in-law and her grand-daughter - we were staying at the St Charles Hotel just down the street - lucky for me that you were so close. I bought a hank of MadelineTosh sock yarn and saw your sample knit up with that yarn of the Swallowtail Lace Shawl - not that fall has set in I'm about to begin my new knitting adventure - when reading through the pattern -it calls for 516 yds of fingering weight yarn - the Madeline Tosh hank is 361 meters - will I have enough yarn? - I'd hate to run out - maye you have another suggestion for using the hank that I bought? - thanks for your reply and I thoroughly enjoyed my whole experience in your shop. Karen Tribbick


by Kai on Wednesday, Nov 24 2010 at 12:54AM CST


I just recently move to Paris and live in the Le Marais area. I wonder if the knitting class is open for the beginners? Since I never knit in my life but would love to learn!

Merci :)


by Aimee, Owner of L'OisiveThé on Friday, Nov 19 2010 at 06:25PM CST

Hi Butte aux Cailles!

The tea house/yarn shop is definitely still open! The hours marked above in the description is up to date! Come and visit us soon!



by Butte aux cailles on Friday, Nov 19 2010 at 02:32PM CST

I love l'oisive thé in Butte aux cailles ! one of my favourite place, but im not sure it is still open .. Check out my article about butte aux cailles


by laugat on Sunday, May 02 2010 at 08:20PM CDT

I have nothing but positive things to say about l'Oisivethé. True, it's not a good idea to go visit this little tea-shop-cum-yarn-store for lunch on a weekday or on the week-end, as the place is crowded as can be. Which is all due to the delicious food served there... The menu is unlike the heavy beefy stuff so many brasseries in Paris seem to insist on stuffing you with. Instead, Aimee, the owner, has chosen simple but satisfying foods, all on the healthy side. I love her salads, and her chocolate cake is to die for...
The yarn selection is great, as Aimee choose to sell a brand you can't get elsewhere in Paris, and she is also ready to special order for you if necessary. And yes, she has had to put up special notices, all very polite in French, to protect her skeins from indelicate customers, who seemed to enjoy undoing hanks of yarns without any intention to purchase them.
Knitting nights on Wednesday are simply a must in an otherwise busy and hectic Parisian life. I don't know how I could manage to keep sane in Paris as an expat without l'Oisivethé's Wednesday knitting nights and Aimee's chocolate cake...


by collected orange on Sunday, May 02 2010 at 08:10PM CDT

When I first moved to Paris, I was surprised by the somewhat boring selection of yarn around town. Then I found L'Oisivethé, was really excited to befriend some fellow knitters and to find a source of inspirational yarn. Aimee's selection is truly curated--she chooses beautiful colors and unusual brands. Her stock, coupled with the tasty treats she serves, makes this an excellent stop on any yarn-shopping itinerary.


by Mamilo on Sunday, May 02 2010 at 06:37PM CDT

Right back from exhausting holidays with my grand-children we immediately went to my favorite tea-room to have lunch.
The waiters were adorable as usual and installled my grand-daughter on this little special chair and she and my grand-son just gobbled the soft boiled eggs they like so much. Afterwards we had freshly baked chocolate cookies with cranberries and white chocolate chips.
I had a look about, to see the new colors Aimee, the owner, had put on the shelves and I just couldn't resist to three hanks of Dream in Color Smooshy in the lovely color called "petal shower". I'm looking forward to next Wednesday knitting night!!!


by Diane on Tuesday, Apr 27 2010 at 07:03AM CDT

I've been going to l'Oisivethé for about a year now - for the knitting and for the meals. The Oisivethé is basically a tea shop that sells yarn. I love it and have built up a retirement fund of yarn thanks to Aimee. I have introduced some French friends to the Wednesday knit night and they keep coming back even though their English is limited. They love the people, the food, the 'ambiance' and the location. I can testify that it is not in the suburbs and it is very easy to access - I go by Vélib, the bike share scheme in Paris.
I would recommend this tea/yarn shop to anyone who is looking for a place to relax and read or knit but avoid meal times since the locals have also discovered the tea shop and it can be busy. During the nice weather, there are tables on the sidewalk so you can sit outside and watch the world go by.


by MadTeaParty on Monday, Apr 26 2010 at 10:23PM CDT

Christina Busch and knitxx0r, it's a pity you didn't come to one of the knitting nights on Wednesdays, which is the perfect day for me to pick my yarn. I can sit down, chat, have a cup of tea and something to eat, and discuss yarn options and projects with the girls, and knit, of course. The group is very international, all ages and different backgrounds, sharing our passion for knitting and the city of lights.

Aimee knows her yarns very well and will be happy to recommend something for a particular project. She only carries yarn in the shop she is 100% convinced about, and always asks us our opinion on yarns, colors, and lets us test knit new yarns.

As far as I know, l'Oisivethé is the only shop in Paris that carries Lorna's Laces and Sweet Georgia yarn. If you think l'Oisivethé is far away from the city centre, you should try the real suburbs :) Of course the shipping from the US makes it more expensive, but French yarn is just not the same, it's more traditional and a bit old-fashioned in my opinion.

I am sure I could save a euro or two ordering online somewhere, but it won't make me happy. Wednesday knitting night does. :)


by Sarah on Monday, Apr 26 2010 at 09:48PM CDT

The l'Oisive Thé is like a little slice of home away from home for Anglophone knitters, like me, living in the big city of lights. From the buttery scones to the cream-cheese frosted carrot cake, to the best chocolate chip cookies served in Paris, to the loveliest stock of American yarn available within the city limits, it really has everything a homesick knitter could ask for.

I'm a regular at Wednesday night tricothé, and find the evening perfectly placed to split a busy and often hectic work-week in the urban bustle. The shop is located in one of my favorite Parisian arrondissements (home to Paris' Chinatown, Parc de Choisy and the village-esque Buttes-aux-Cailles), so I try to go there any chance I get!

For anyone looking for hard-to-come-by-in-Europe American yarns, this is the place to go. I'd suggest coming by on the weekday, because, as was mentioned in other comments, the weekends can be hectic because brunch is crazy popular here (and rightly-so...both price and quality are excellent for Paris). Wednesday nights are lots of fun, too, so much that they can get pretty packed (knitting is starting to FINALLY make a comeback in Paris), so come early!


by Aimee, Owner of L'Oisivethé on Monday, Apr 26 2010 at 08:54PM CDT

Hi Katy, knitxx0r -

I'm sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience at L'Oisivethé. This, as the owner of L'Oisivethé makes me feel sad. You didn't happen to come by on a weekend, did you? The weekends are a very busy time at the tea house since we operate as a tea house with brunch service. I apologize for the in accessibility to the yarn. This is the downfall of having such a small shop in Paris but like every big city lots and lots of space is hard to come by. I am currently on maternity leave so it is unlikely that you met me and indeed, I am in the middle of training several new employees. I am sorry if anyone of my staff were disagreeable during your visit. I hope that you realize that the prices of the yarn reflect the quality and the cost of importing such luxury yarns to Paris. I realize that in North America you can buy these yarns at a cheaper price. I don't feel like it's fair for you to mention that the prices were "rather high" when in reality it's the actual cost to sell these imported yarns in France.

Oh, and these signs... we are obligated to put those up because we've had problems with non knitters taking apart hanks of yarn and leaving a mess. Your grasp of French is a bit off because asked in the most polite fashion to please don't disturb the hanks of yarn because they are fragile. As a knitter, I am sure you are aware that unwiding a hank by hand is not a good thing to do but most the most average person who doesn't know how to knit or handle hanks of yarn would not know this.

It's unfortunate that you won't be coming back. That means I won't have the opportunity to meet you. Our knitting night is Weds nights and it would have been fun if you had joined us. Anyway, the 13th is most definitely not in the suburbs but it is for sure in a very unexplored portion of Paris that most tourists overlook. This makes the Butte aux Cailles area of the Paris a sort of secret village type neighborhood that is very Parisian by definition.


by knitxx0r on Monday, Apr 26 2010 at 08:38PM CDT

So, I was sort of looking forward to this stop on my yarn-visit through Paris (and indeed went quite out of my way since it's sort of in the suburbs), but I was a little disappointed. As vocal as the proprietress is on the Ravelry forums, I figured visitors would get a warmer welcome. It was indeed a little awkward to maneuver around the tables to get at the yarn, and the signs that said basically "keep your grubby mitts of the yarn" were also not very welcoming. Ultimately I couldn't resist and bought a couple of rather high-priced yarns imported from North America. I was fobbed off on the manager's (owner's?) co-worker who seemed to be in training. All in all, not a very positive experience even though I made it out of there with some great yarn (Lorna's Laces and Sweet Georgia). I don't think I'll go back, given the opportunity.


by Christina Busch on Wednesday, Jan 06 2010 at 06:09AM CST

This is a very beautiful shop, though more of a cozy tea shop than yarn store. The yarns they carry are beautiful, especially the hand-painted sock yarn, but the selection is very limited. What you see in the photos on their web site is pretty much the entire inventory. I felt very awkward disturbing the tea-drinking patrons in order to get at the yarn, since the table was right in front of it. But next time I'm in Paris and get a hankering for some Koigu, this is where I'll go!

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