If I'm going to be honest here, it's that I don't know much about Fragments cafe in Paris. I didn't spend many days in Paris and from trying to research the coffee scene, it is sparse, but hard to talk about coffee for me with Parisians because I speak about four words total of French. That being said, I absolutely loved this cafe despite my utter ignorance of Parisian coffee. Fragments (from what I've now researched) was opened by owner Youssef of a former third wave coffee shop called Black Market on Rue Ramey. The whole place has a very simplistic feel to it. The outside is easily missable--simple black panelling and unmarked. The inside has a rustic french ceiling but is filled with modern tables and chairs. Thankfully, I had a friend with me to order competently in French and we sat at the tables in the back, looking out on a small unkempt courtyard. So French... so French. Fragments uses coffee from Coffee Collective, which I had heard of before and are based out of Denmark, and Kaffa, which I had not and is based out of Finland. The espresso was the best that I could find in Paris and was priced that way as well at about three euros for an espresso.
Recommend: Enjoy Paris. Go early to a nearby bakery and get a fresh almond croissant and melt in its overflowing butter.
Note: Learn some French and act competent, but still expect to be put off by gruff French people.
Vibe: Minimalist, French snobby
Espresso Rating: 8/10
Overall Rating: 9/10
Address: 76 Rue des Tournelles, Paris, France
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm