Whenever there is a new hotspot in town, I am always curious to see what it is like. Paco Ciao had been teasing a lot of photos on their Instagram before they actually opened and seeing the photos made me very interested… It looked bohemian, but also vintage and modern at the same time. Once it opened and I went there myself, I was surprised because it’s such a unique place and that’s why I just had to share it!
PACO CIAO | Stationsweg 25, Leiden
Paco Ciao is located in a townhouse in Leiden. I know I make separate blog posts with Instagrammable places in different cities. Well, Paco Ciao is such an Instagrammable place, I just wanted to take photos of everything. When you go to Paco Ciao, you enter a bedroom. The first time I went in, there was a couple that left because they taught they ended up at the wrong place. If you search Paco Ciao on Instagram you will see tons of photos taken in this bedroom because it’s so perfect. From the bedroom you go through a door on the right and get to this big stairwell. This is actually when you enter the restaurant part.
Every room at Paco Ciao has very high ceilings and has this renaissance, bohemian kind of vibe. Yes, there are different rooms you can sit in. There is a living room, patio and dining room type spaces (that’s what I call them). I love that they have Bali inspired umbrellas, lots of cute frames on the wall (with one really funny one), lots of plants and lots of vintage interior items. It’s just perfectly decorated!
When you go on their website, you aren’t able to see the menu just yet. I am the type of girl that love to browse through a menu to see what I would get when I go somewhere. Since their menu is not on their website, it was a surprise to see what they would have. Paco Ciao opens at 8:30 am and closes at 0:00 am, so you are able to have breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner or even just a drink.
After having a quick look at the drink menu, Eline and I both went for the homemade green ice tea, because ice tea green is our go-to drink (just like my other friends). Since I already went to Paco Ciao a week earlier, I already knew what they had on their menu. That time I had tried the Cranberry Pancakes with fruit compote, walnuts and maple syrup and I was contemplating getting the burrata… But I ended up getting the pancakes again, since they were so good. Eline got the Avo Chicken Smash, which looked very good (even though I don’t like avocado). After we both enjoyed our dishes a lot, we did want to get something else. While looking at the menu, we both spotted the cakes section. As a dessert we shared the Confetti Cake, which was a raw cake without any processed sugar and lactose I believe. I have to be honest, it looked super pretty but it wasn’t my favorite because it was so different than what I had ever tasted. Maybe next time I will love it haha.
Since Paco Ciao is a pop-up restaurant, it’s only in Leiden until March 1st 2019. I hope that it will stay a little longer, because it’s definitely one of the ‘hottest’ hotspots in Leiden and The Netherlands (at least I think). So if you are planning to go, don’t wait too long! You can find Paco Ciao at Stationsweg 25 in Leiden, near the central station. If you aren’t able to visit Paco Ciao in person, definitely follow them on Instagram so you can enjoy Paco Ciao in all its glory. Have you ever seen a hotspot like Paco Ciao? Would you like to visit Paco Ciao?