1. People sit outside during all seasons at Fondation. It's in the perfect location for the sun to shine on the patio and the large sidewalk makes it so more people can actually sit outside than in the cafe itself.
2. This is a cool shelf because it's very narrow and doesn't cut into the space too much but is still able to hold merchandise for sale, fresh flowers(check), a stack of books(I am particularly fond of one on small cafe design), and it's the perfect place for coats to hang underneath. Here you can also see the base of some pretty cool Potence lights by Jean Prouvé.
3. Benches are a good way to maximize possible seats. These grey sheepskins are a cozy addition to the outdoor lineup.
4. I loved drinking out of these metal cups so much that I bought one. It will always remind me of Fondation and the delicious filtered coffee they made.
5. Here you can see minimal finishes like concrete and plywood are used to streamline the small space. The concrete floor bleeds right into the countertop in seamless simplicity. The stools here are triangles; a conducive shape for small spaces because they take up less room while remaining perfectly functional. Triangle is also the best design for a wobble free chair.
4. L'arbre À Café
10 rue du nil
I only discovered L'Arbre À Café recently but had a great experience and had to include it! The stone walls and ancient flooring made it feel storied and authentic. You could tell they were serious about coffee here and the barista seemed genuinely interested in how our coffee was and even gave us a brochure. As I told her, the espresso was très bon! This is another great place to purchase quality beans and I'm definitely coming back to try the affogato with Pierre Hermé ice cream.