Small and cozy in a quiet street close to Place des Vosges, Fragments looks more like an artist’s studio from the outside than the cool and cosy coffee hangout that is revealed once you step inside. This place is a hidden gem, the immaculate simplicity of the interior is both relaxing and intriguing, as the café in many ways contains “fragments” of specialty coffee shop culture from around the world. The long wooden counter is reminiscent of a Scandinavian café, while the exposed brick wall evokes something you might find in New York. However, as you’re reminded by the exposed ceiling beams that you’re actually in Paris.

On the minimalistic food menu you will find only a few dishes, made from fresh, seasonal ingredients, and constantly changing, according to what’s available. The staff are friendly which is quite rare for Paris.

Fun, colourful and quirky, Fragments is a good place to recover from the hectic streets of the Marais. Entertained by an old skool vinyl playing cool 80s tunes in the corner, I sat in the window seat and watch the world go by on the quaint little road that Fragments sits on. I could easily have sat there all day. Fragments will forever be on my list for breakfast every time I visit Paris.

Fragements  – 76, rue des Tournelles, Paris 

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