What is a famous cafe in Paris

10 famous cafes in Paris

Paris is not only famous for its exquisite restaurants and bistros. The cafés in the French capital also offer many culinary delights and a special atmosphere.
Relax with a coffee in Paris (© Ekaterina Pokrovsky - Fotolia.com)

The coffee house culture in Paris

Paris can boast a coffee house culture that is considered unique among the major metropolises. Hardly any other European city has such a wide range of cafés and café-restaurants. It is not uncommon for prominent personalities to frequent the city.

1. Café de Flore

The Café de Flore is one of the most famous coffee houses in the French capital. It can be found in the 6th arrondissement in the bohemian Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. There it is between the Boulevard Saint-Germain 172 and the Rue Saint-Benoît.

Café de Flore has existed since 1887. Its name comes from the Roman goddess Flora, of whom there was a sculpture on the opposite side of the street at the time.

The café gained fame through the writer Charles Maurras (1868-1952), who wrote his book "Au Signe de Flore" there.

In addition, numerous intellectuals frequented the establishment, including Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) and Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) belonged to it.

The fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld also pays frequent visits to Café de Flore.

One of the attractions of the café is the annual award of the “Prix de Flore” literary prize to young authors, which takes place every November.

2. Cafe de la Paix

One of the oldest Parisian cafés that has survived is the Café de la Paix, located in the 9th district at Place de l'Opéra no.5.

There it is located on the ground floor of the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel.

From the café, visitors can take a look at the Boulevard des Capucines and the Paris Opera.

Café de la Paix is ​​one of the last cafés from the 19th century that has survived. It was built in 1862 under the rule of Emperor Napoleon III, whose wife Eugenie opened it.

Numerous writers, politicians and actors have since performed in the famous coffee house, which is one of the last great gastronomic classics in the French capital.

It has also been a historical monument since 1975.

3. Les Deux Magots

The Café Les Deux Magots is one of the neighbors of the Café de Flore and is also considered a Parisian legend. It is located in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district at 6 Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

The name Les Deux Magots translates as "The two traders". This refers to two wooden seated figures that can be admired as jewels in the café's guest room. They represent two Chinese traders.

The establishment of the coffee house took place in 1885. Numerous artists such as Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, André Breton and Simone de Beauvoir performed there.

Nowadays the café scores with its traditional flair. It is often visited by stars of national or international origin.

Because the Café Les Deux Magots is a literary establishment, the start of the literary award season takes place there every January with the “Prix des Deux Magots”.

4. Cafe Procope

Café Procope, also known as Le Procope, is considered a large coffee house and also the oldest restaurant in the world that still exists.

It is located in the Latin Quarter of Paris at 13 Rue de l'Ancienne-Comédie. For more than 200 years the coffee house served as a meeting place for famous writers, artists, scientists and politicians.

Le Procope was opened in 1686 by the Italian nobleman Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli (1651-1727). At that time it was the first coffee house in the French capital.

One of the attractions at the time was ice cream, which was still unknown in Paris.

Over time, Café Procope has become one of society's most popular meeting places.

From the 19th century, the Procope lost its importance as a literary café, so it was converted into a drinking hall.

Today it serves as a restaurant, in which numerous well-known specialties are on offer.

The detailed furnishing of the rooms preserves the reference to the 17th and 18th centuries.

5. Cafe Marly

Café Marly scores with a dreamy location. It is located directly at the Palais du Louvre below the arcades, just a few steps from the Jardin des Tuileries and the Carrousel.

From the café's terrace, guests can take a look at the Louvre's glass pyramid.

The furnishings in the style of Emperor Napoleon III, created by the designer Olivier Gagnère, are hospitable and elegant at the same time.

The splendid decor of the café is a reminder that the Louvre once served as a royal residence.

The kitchen is considered creative and tasty. This is how she combines French and international tastes.

6. Angelina Rivoli tea room

The Angelina is a tea room that is over a hundred years old. It is located in the 1st district of Paris, the Louvre arrondissement, at 226 Rue de Rivoli under the arcades.

The name Angelina comes from the daughter-in-law of the Austrian pastry chef Anton Rumpelmayer (1832-1914). He served as k. u. k. Purveyor to the court in France, where he became known as Antoine Rumpelmayer.

The tea room is furnished in the style of the Belle Époque.

The chocolate specialty “Mont-Blanc” is particularly popular.

7. Café des deux Moulins

The Café des deux Moulins can be found in the Montmartre district of Paris. Translated, the term means "Café of the two windmills".

It is at the intersection of Rue Lepic and Rue Cauchois.

The coffee house was named after the two historic windmills Moulin de la Galette and Moulin Rouge.

The interior of the café is made up of various small tables and a bar area.

The Café des deux Moulins became famous for the 2001 successful French feature film “The fabulous world of Amelie”. In this film, the coffee house served as the workplace for the title character. Since then it has been a popular meeting place for tourists.

8. Café Charbon

Another well-known highlight of the Parisian café scene is the Café Charbon. It is located at 109 Rue Oberkampf in the 11th district.

It was founded in 1900.

Since it is open until 4 a.m., it is particularly popular with night owls.

Café Charbon's features include classic cuisine and early 19th century furnishings. In addition, the guest also receives delicious finger food there.

In addition, the coffee house has a small terrace, which can offer plenty of hours of sunshine in summer.

In the café, which also functions as a restaurant, there is also a concert hall.

9. Brasserie Lipp

Brasserie Lipp is also one of the Parisian café legends. The restaurant, founded in 1880, is located at 151 Boulevard Saint-Germain in the 6th arrondissement.

It enjoys a literary and political reputation, as countless writers, poets and artists have done their homework in it.

Even today, politicians, actors, journalists and other celebrities visit the brasserie, which serves traditional and hearty cuisine.

A special feature of Brasserie Lipp is its interior with large mirrors and ceiling paintings.

10. Le Grand Café Capucines

The Grand Café Capucines is a brasserie in the 9th district of Paris on 4 Boulevard des Capucines.

More precisely, it forms the café of the famous Brasserie Grands Boulevards.

With its proximity to the "Grand Rex" cinema, the "Olympia" music hall and the Opéra Garnier, it has an excellent location.

The café was opened in 1875 at the same time as the Opéra Garnier. It is located in the middle of the Parisian theater district.

Le Grand Café Capucines is decorated in Art Nouveau style with a Belle Époque backdrop. The renovated decor adapts to the modern times.

The Art Deco glazing is a special feature.

The menu is contemporary in style. Traditional cuisine is also served.