This graffiti hoarding conceals a cafe where I used to hang out on a Sunday morning, a convenient spot to meet friends. In February though, a fire ravaged its whole interior. The place was/is called Cafe Monde et Médias. But out of the ashes, dare to say, a phoenix has risen and in the form of what’s almost a ‘building of graffiti’.
The first time I spotted the murals I’d been passing through Place de La Republique on my bike. Created by a French graffiti art collective. Recently Place de La Republique became a very strange place to be. It’s the place people manifested in response to the January attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices. Today you’ll see homeless, Roma, skaters, workers, tourists each getting along there.
The 3m high hoardings in the shot have since disappeared to reveal a refurbished cafe. The boards were always impermanent where artworks appeared from the likes of Katre, Nebay and Swiz and Mr Blok, King Fusk, Limo and Faki et al. So even with the panels gone, the spray-can auras remain and this fabulous cafe is once again a great sunny spot for soaking in the diversity of Paris.
Cafe Monde et Médias | Art & culture, Relaxing
Place de La Republique
24 hours daily