Paris is famous for its cafe society raising the caffaine culture to an art form.To help, the would be francophile, get the best out of your next visit to the Gaullic capital, we present you with the best Parisien Cafes.
Le Fumoir Paris
Place du Louvre
One of Paris’ best loved un café, un salon de thé, un restaurant et un bar à cocktails the Fumoir is a book lovers dream.
Their extensive bibliothèque offer visitors a chance to loan a book while you enjoy a drink or even exchange one for another. This beautiful setting is a perfect respite from the bustle of the city.
The Fumoir is one of the city’s favorite afternoon tea rooms with an extensive menu of salades, cheese platters, club sandwiches, pâtisseries et italian ice-creams.
Les Deux Magot
Rue Saint Germain
A particularly charming district with a distinctive atmosphere, spirit of freedom and a renowned café! Its spacious seating area where the souls of poets hover, its terrace opposite the church, its waiters arrayed in black and white all set the mood of Saint-Germain. This is where you’ll experience Paris life, the paradise of words and bistro.
The name of the café “Les Deux Magots” (i.e. “two Chinese figurines”) comes from a novelty shop that once occu pied the same premises. The two statues that adorn the café now stand as witnesses to that era.
Verlaine, Rimbaud and Mallarmé, to name a few, were regulars at the café.The Café began to play an important role in Parisian cultural life before asserting its literary vocation in 1933 with the creation of the Prix des Deux Magots award.
Frequented by numerous famed artists including Elsa Triolet, Louis Aragon, André Gide, Jean Giraudoux, Picasso, Fernand Léger, Prévert, Hemingway and others, the café hosted Surrealists under the aegis of André Breton, and Existentialists around Sartre and Beauvoir. Today, as popular as ever, one of the oldest cafés in Paris attracts personalities from the world of the arts and literature, fashion and politics, and tourists from around the world!
Le Cafe Flore
Rue Saint Germain
Parisian quasi-intellectuals have argued through the night on many subjects but one thing they have never been able to agree on is which is best: Les Deux Magots or the Cafe de Flore.
Still a vital part of Parisian cafe culture, the Cafe de Flore gained its name from a large figure of Flora, the Roman goddess of spring, that is thought to have once been located across the boulevard Saint-Germain. The statue hasn’t survived, but the ‘de Flore’ sign dripping with seasonal flowers tells you that you’ve found the right spot.