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Oldie but a goodie. Fondation seems to be a place where friends meet. That local spot where people know they can go and be cozy and have a delicious flat white while strolling in the Marais. While it’s not usually on my coffee shop stop ins due to location, we made it out one morning for a special lady‘s birthday. I took a few pictures that morning, and the more I look at them, the more I think they’re worthy of sharing, as it was indeed the perfect little pre-work get together (psssst Fondation is one of those open at 8am places, which is curiously not as easy as you would think in Paris!)

Fondation Café
16 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003
Open everyday, weekdays from 8am

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This place’s green coffee cups has become a staple of the Parisian coffee scene, I know. They are all over Instagram of expats and Parisians. Bref, but for a good reason, this little café is just right for a morning coffee, afternoon coffee and cake, coffee to go… just good coffee any way you like it.

My new thing is keeping my eyes peeled for places I’m able to go to before work. Believe it or not folks, a lot of “cute” or “trendy” or “cozy” places open at like 10am… which isn’t ideal for the workin’ girl! Luckily for me and anyone else with a full time job, Fondation is one of those open early places where you can start your day off right, opening at a whopping 9am!

Oh, and if you haven’t already, read Lindsey’s epic write up on coffee in Paris.

Fondation Café
16 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003
Métro: Temple (3)

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yelp-paris-at-loustic-de-quelle-planete-es-tu-30These photos are a bit old, but I had forgotten how much I like them. I feel like they capture the evening so perfectly. There was a Yelp Elite event at Loustic last summer, a cozy coffeeshop that I adore, and the evening tones made the place even more precious with an inverted atmosphere. There was wine, cheesecake, coffee, homemade marshmallows and more at this magical evening. The Yelp Elite crowd is a fantastic one, we all come together around one common point despite our different career paths and stories : grub in Paris. It’s a sense of a community. Loustic was the perfect spot for this place because it is that special café where you go and feel like a local. You get the “hey how ya doin’?” when you walk in, and a sense of comfort and coziness. It’s not everyday you come by this type of place.

Lately the time has flown, and I have had little time to sit and relax and organize my photos to share with you guys here on the blog. Going through these photos made me realize how fast the months have gone by (and year!) and how the photos are still just as much worth sharing. The Spring season is coming and going here in Paris, not quite sticking yet to prepare for summer. I’m anxious for summer evenings on terraces and café doors open to let in the fresh breeze. That with a cuppa, sure does sound like my kind of paradise.

More on Loustic, which is also a part of my Paris Guide.

les-fees-patissieres-paris-de-quelle-planete-es-tu-07The recent sweet run with the girls was at Les Fées Pâtissières, a sweet tooth haven in the Marais. Their cakes are preciously crafted in little cup, all topped with a a flavor from their ingredients. Some are round, some are in stacks, but all with their own twist which allows you to easily guess the flavors that you’re about to indulge in. Their cakes are displayed in dreamy glass domes, with floral hints and leaves all around. It was a perfect mix of a Parisian sweet shop with FernGully. The space doesn’t have a spot to eat in, so we headed to a quintessential Parisian café to taste our sweets with a café crème.

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21 rue Rambuteau, 75004
Tél: 01 44 61 31 67
Métro: Rambuteau (11)

 

Café Pinson - De quelle planète es tu - 5Café Pinson is located in the heart of the Upper Marais.

I discovered Café Pinson through a Yelp Event a few months back, and was so excited to go back and indulge in their treats. Their juices rock my world.

One of those sunny mornings in early spring I decided to pop in and enjoy a juice with a new friend. Café Pinson has a variety of things on their menu available for people with dietary restrictions: gluten free + vegan. They promote a healthy way of enjoying sweets, and tasting their tasty unique creations that you may have never heard of. Even things like tree sap! The staff is friendly and the space is cozy as can be, with magazines and books piled around, and bookshelves filled with knick-knacks.

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Café Pinson
6 rue du Forez, 75003
Tél: 09 83 82 53 53
Métro: Temple (3) / Filles du Calvaire (8)