Imagine walking into a café, back in time, where vintage is still considered modern, and minimalism is valued over extravagance.
In this Age of Information & Technology, sometimes we need to take a step back and reminisce, nay, appreciate a simpler time.
76 rue des Tournelles, 75003 (Paris, France)
This humble coffee hangout recently celebrated their 2nd anniversary, but their name is the only thing new to the Paris café scene. The self-taught barista & owner, Youssef, is a seasoned veteran when it comes to preparing le petit noir, having co-entrepreneur-ed the former Black Market Cafe.
Quality of Service:
I was greeted by the young & stylish Cyril. If his perfectly groomed, handlebar mustache doesn’t win your admiration, his heart of gold will. How do I know? Instead of pouring out an extraneous cup of java, he gave it to me free of charge. He certainly cares more about the coffee or the client, who’s to say?
Quality of Product:
Fragments is one of the few cafés in Paris where you can choose the dose of your espresso-based beverage. A single-shot cappuccino is €4, while a double-shot cappuccino is €5. The beans “on tap” alternate between Kaffa, Coffee Collective, and other guest roasters.
Quality of Atmosphere:
There’s a sense of tranquility that blankets you while you sip your brew at Fragments. At first, I couldn’t quite put my finger on why this was, until I looked around and noticed… minimalism! When designing his cafe, Youssef took a simplistic approach, and looking around, you’ll see exposed brick and wooden beams, left purposely bare. Listen carefully and you’ll hear a sound from a simpler time: vinyl records. Is there a more soul-quenching way to listen to music? I think not. On this particular day, my ears were graced with the iconic voice of THE king of rock & roll, Elvis.
Speaking of simpler times, I met noted historian and author of The World of the Paris Cafe, Dr. W. Scott Haine, a frequent visitor of Fragments, whom systematically studies the social development of cafés and other drinking establishments of 20th century Paris. Another book to add to my coffee-inspired reading list.
You wouldn’t guess from my fashion choices, but I’m a big fan of minimalist design because it soothes anxiety and allows one to project their own imagination without distractions. That being said, I will surely visit again when I’m in need of a mental sanctuary. As well, I just learned about Fragments’ vintage bicycle collection, which intrigues/obliges me to visit again.
As always, thank you for reading and joining me on this #internationalcoffeejourney