My recent (if somewhat brief) passage through the French Capital meant a chance to indulge some of the decent coffee. And when I say coffee I don’t mean that run of the mill tat you find outside Gare du Nord. I’m on about purely hipster coffee with latte art and everything.
Anyway, following a wander through Canal St Martin on the hunt for some decent bait I stumbled across a cracking little gaff called Cafe Fondation in the city’s North Marais district.
This small coffee bar is located on Rue Deptit Thousars, just off Rue du Temple, and a 5 minute walk from Republique metro. It’s located amongst independent restaurants, galleries and bookshops, and really feels like you’re entering the epicentre of the cities creative hub.
Now this place is a proper cafe bar, so if it’s expecting crepes or croissants you’re after then this aint the place. The decor is minimal, clean and unfussy, and on entry I was immediately struck by a grand coffee machine sitting prominently on the counter, which since come to learn is the only Steel Kees van der Western Spirit machine on the Parisian underground caffeine street circuit. To me that means sod all, but for any Java aficionado’s reading I felt it worth a mention.
The member of staff who served us spoke English as her mother tongue, which can only assume is down to Fondation being run by an Aussie, Chris Nielson. Nevertheless this was light relief as I’d been getting by on poor woeful/broken french for most of the morning.
And the coffee? Well Fondation’s menu is typically French with a selection of espressos, filters and cafe cremes. Their ace looking cake collection very nearly lured me in, but I resisted and opted for a cafe creme to go, which I must say was absolutely marvellous. Smooth, oaky and housed in a nifty logo’d cup.
Tres Bien Fondation!