Fondation Café

A tiny spot near the Marché des Enfants Rouges from barista Chris Nielsen (formerly of Ten Belles) with an equally tiny menu of espressos, lattes, and filtered coffee from Belleville Brûlerie, plus a handful of sweets from Emperor Norton. The closet sized space (sans toilet) doesn’t encourage lingering so plan to pound your shot of espresso and depart. When it’s warm out, it’s another story entirely as there is a tiny terrasse you can take advantage of.

Practical information

Address: 16 Rue Dupetit Thouars, 75003
Nearest transport: Temple (3)
Open every day 8am-6pm
Average price for coffee: 2.50-4€
Style of cuisine: cookies & cakes
Website Facebook

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2014) “Keeping it French with espressos, café crèmes and filters – allowing for crucial iced lattes in summer. Food-wise, it’s more of a snack menu, with Emperor Norton providing the cakes and slices, and a breakfast choice of granola or delicious tartines with fresh avocado and cracked sea salt or ricotta and honey.  If you’re a coffee aficionado, you’ll be interested to know that Fondation Café is proud to be the only place in Paris sporting a mean steel Kees van der Western Spirit coffee machine.”

Lindsey Tramuta-Morel (2013) “Chris is the first barista in Paris to work with designer Kees Van Der Westen’s ‘Spirit’, a machine known as much for its performance as its ergonomic and decidedly striking design.”

Hipsters in Paris (2013) “Unsurprisingly the coffee is excellent, whether its a café latte or a succinct cup of filter. For those that prefer their beverages without caffeine, there is freshly squeezed OJ and artisan lemonades and cola. Emperor Norton are on snacks. Think banana bread, delicious tarts and their now signature Granola. As well as avocado on toast (hurrah!) and Italian ricotta lovingly spread on crunchy toast with a lash of honey.

Photo via Fondation’s Facebook

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