As industrial as it is organic and beautiful, Paper or Plastik in Mid-City’s Pico-Fairfax district would never have been an expected destination.
My cue to visit first came from a friend who said I would definitely appreciate the space. I had inkling she would be right!
Paper or Plastik is part of what I consider the New Age coffee shop defined as: modern, artistic, adaptively-reused type of space meant to integrate creativity and quality all to trigger visitor inspiration.
Starting from the outside, the architecture is exuberant enough to stand as its own outdoor exhibit or even the backdrop to a photo shoot.
Upon entering, you can’t help but feel a little different in a space so mindful of textures, architectural elements and specifically-sourced, quality coffee – a creative experience indeed!
The mezzanine level offers some seating that overlooks the central area of the cafe downstairs and a dance studio called Mimoda Studio next door. If you sit near enough to the wall, you’ll hear some soft Classical music.
Pastries and other carbohydrate products are composed of a careful selection from places like Cake Monkey, Rustico, Sweets for the Soul, and Sweet Lady Jane. Deli baguette sandwiches, quiches and crostinis are available for savory tooths, too.
I had something called Rapini: broccolini, burrata and shaved parmesan on crusty bread. Certainly a delicious 8$!
They serve up teas and coffees elaborately prepared like those you’d get from Intelligentsia. It’ll probably seem like everyone who steps in knows what to order without the aid of a menu; if you have no idea, you’ll never go wrong with something classic like a mocha, cappucino or latte.
Technology plays its part in the creative space of course! (All part of New Age coffee shops.)
Plenty of window space and a high, arched ceiling makes the shop super airy. Seating maybe kind of cozy-crowded, but when you snag a comfortable seat, relax, work, converse and watch the sun pour in and out as you sip in the local culture brought to you by P or P.