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Eater Los Angeles: 14 Places to Find Soulful Shakshuka in L.A.
"The draw of the shakshuka at Mid-City cafe Paper or Plastik is its simplicity. Tomatoes, peppers, and bread. The result is a dish that tastes so authentic it could be crafted by a grandmother. Add to that PoP’s solid coffee program, and brick-and-steel-chic atmosphere, and you have one solid breakfast."
LA Weekly Calls Mimoda Studio the Best Place to Be a Dance Voyeur in it's Best of L.A. Round-Up
"The striking, 1950s-era Mimoda Studio's floor-to-ceiling windows frame long-necked ballerinas, freewheeling movers and shakers, and bendy improv dancers. Guests enter through the adjacent and ever-happening Paper or Plastik Café, where on the second-story mezzanine they can eye elegant twirls and spins as they brunch."
LAist Best Breakfast Spots in Town
"Paper or Plastik is not only a solid choice for each craving individually, but is essentially unmatched in putting the two together. Add that to their industrial-chic-yet-personable interior, and massive windows that offer brilliant morning light with a full view of the passing street life, and you wind up with one of the most pleasant breakfast spots in town."
Chow Now Spotlights the Family Behind Paper or Plastik Cafe
"After the Michelson family had owned Mimoda Studio for a time, Anya brought to attention the building next door. They had not found a cafe in Los Angeles that represented true cafe culture the way that it is savored in Europe. She encouraged the family to take a leap, to make a place that was a combination of everything they loved. Paper or Plastik combines art, architecture, music, locality, community, and (of course) really seriously delicious food. It is a true expression of their family."
L.A. Times Scene Setter
"Most café owners would be happy to combine impeccable coffee and food with stylish industrial design, but the cutting-edge new Mid-City coffeehouse Paper or Plastik is only one part of the Michelson family's grand artistic vision."
L.A. Times Coffee in L.A.: Above and Beyond a Cup Of Joe
"This new wave of cafés -- Balconi Coffee, Cafecito Organico, the Coffee Commissary, CoffeeBar, Cognoscenti Coffee, Gelato Bar, and Paper or Plastik among them -- is dripping, steeping and pulling some very exotic flavors from these roasts and blends. The best cup of coffee you've ever had may be waiting for you in one of these cafes, a pleasure well beyond the usual desultory jolt of caffeine, one in which the complexity and depth of flavor in each sip are as memorable as in a glass of great wine."
Eater LA: 15 Coffee Drinks in LA to Break Up Your Regular Routine
"If the name has you thinking of a Mexican hot chocolate, you are not far off. The espresso is spiked with mole bitters before frothed milk is added, meaning that the molé comes on subtly after the coffee flavor hits your tongue. Furthermore, as it is mole and not ganache, the taste is more savory than sweet. A dusting of spicy paprika gives color to the drink and a rich aroma before each sip."
Jessica Koslow Highlight's Paper or Plastik Cafe's 2010 Opening for the LA Weekly
"This is one of the more beautiful coffee bars I've seen built in a long time," says Pedde. Sure he may be biased, but it's hard opinion to argue with.
Paper or Plastik Cafe Mentioned in Eater LA's Handy Guide to the Best Cookies in L.A.
"This Mid-City cafe is a true oasis in this part of town, offering everything from quality coffee to a seasonal selection of savory dishes. The ginger molasses cookie is a particular standout in the sweets section."
The Jewish Journal Spotlights Mimoda Studio & Paper or Plastik Cafe
"When Michelson showed the space to Anya, it didn’t take the two coffee lovers long to realize that the adjoining space could make a perfect café. The couple recycled equipment and furniture left from the printing shop, turning them into mismatched chairs, tables and wooden benches. “We didn’t think about creating a profitable business,” Michelson said. “We just wanted to create a piece of art.”