Greatly inspired by her family’s Romanian-Byzantine heritage, Cathy has opened one of the most inviting and unpretentious cafés in Paris. Employing the ancient coffee brewing method of the hovoli, a technique that she learned from her grandmother at an early age, Cathy serves each carefully concocted coffee in an ibrik accompanied by a gold foiled glass. The beans are freshly roasted by heralded Coutume Café and, if you’re in a hurry, they also make a mean espresso using their sleek Synesso machine.
From the moment you step into Ibrik, you know you’re in a coffee shop that is unlike all the others that have recently opened in the French capital. The obvious presence of the hovoli sets the tone but, namely, a warmth exudes from the well-organized space. Using the Wabi Sabi ideology of mixing contrasting materials, designer Laura Paraschiv has created a uniquely artisanal space which immediately sets you at ease. Cozy up in the slim leather booths downstairs or wind your way upstairs to a second space with low banquettes and luscious greenery, making for a more private, informal setting for a delicious lunch meeting.
And lunch has never been so appealing; Chef Ruba serves dishes brimming with a bouquet of flavors! Palestinian by birth, raised in Dubai, chef Ruba has lovingly created a symphony of dishes that represent the former Byzantine empire: Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Israel and Palestine. After having worked in several prestigious Parisian kitchens- the likes of Frenchie, Yam’tcha, and Septime- Ruba was ready to express her own unique gastronomic style and, after serendipitously meeting Cathy, the two knew it was the perfect creative match.
The harmonious blend of the hum of the hovoli and the tempting odeurs wafting from the kitchen makes for a much-needed respite from the roaring scooters of the Parisian streets. A moment to stop, reflect, savor, and refuel; everything Cathy wants and hopes you will feel when you enter Ibrik.
Ibrik – 43 Rue Laffitte, 75009. +33 01 73 71 84 60. Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.00pm, Saturday 10.30am-4pm. Metro: Notre-Dame de Lorette (ligne 12) and Le Peletier (ligne 7).
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