Saint Germain des Pres and Latin Quarter are famous for many famous cafes, restaurants and galleries and you should spend a day exploring these areas. You can also see Saint Sulpice church and maybe spend a few hours in Jardin du Luxemburg - a perfect garden to have a Parisian picnic and relax.

Famous Restaurants and Cafes

When it comes to style, art, culture, food and drink, the French are the undisputed kings and Paris is their capital. A city is filled up with fabulous sidewalk cafes, bars and restaurants that are renowned for their famous clientele. You can sit at a table and sip your cocktail in the same spot Camus, Picasso, Hemingway and others have sat and hope some of that literary genius got left in the air for you to breathe in. Saint Germain des Pres is one of those areas in Paris and here are some of the places where you’ll feel a part of the history.

Les Deux Magots

6 Place Saint Germain des Prés, 75006

Probably every famous person who has ever come to Paris has passed through its doors since 1873. It has hosted several famous patrons, among them Sartre and Simone de Beauvoire as well as Hemingway, Camus, and Picasso. Les Deux Magots has long had the reputation of being the place for rendez vous among the literary and intellectual elite and has a an annual literary prize that has been awarded to a French novel every year since 1933.

Café de Flore

172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006

Café de Flore has long been celebrated for its intellectual clientele and gives out its own annual literary prize called the Prix de Flore. Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir are just two of many intellectuals that frequented this cafe.

Brasserie Lipp

151 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 75006

Since 1880, this restaurant has catered to the rich and famous, and you’ll more than likely to see a number of well-known faces from the entertainment and/or political world.

La Méditterranée

2 Place de L’Odéon, Paris 75006

A great little restaurant, opened back in 1944 were frequented by Chaplin and Orson Wells. Fresh fish and raw oysters  are a must have here.   

Le Select

99 Blvd du Montparnasse, Paris 75006

Not far Away from Le Coupole, this famous café was frequented by  Picasso, Modigliani , Henry Miller, Hemingway, and is still today a good place to meet a friend for a drink.

Closerie de Lilas

171 Blvd. du Montparnasse, Paris 75006

Another famous Montparnasse bar, the Closerie has been an important Paris institution since its opening in 1847, serving as a magnet for the social and culinary avant garde. It is said that Hemingway wrote The Sun Also Rises here. The famous people who have sat in include Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Ingres, Henry James, Chateaubriand, Picasso, Hemingway, Apollinaire, Lenin and Trotsky.

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Famous restaurants and Cafes in Paris

La Coupole

102 Blvd du Montparnasse, Paris 75014 Metro Vavin

La Coupole and its Art Deco interior was created in 1927 and remained one of the hottest places to be seen at until the 60's. People like Josephine Baker, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Matisse, T.S. Eliot, Toklas and a large number of other artists and celebrities of the time used to go there for a drink and a good dance in the basement dance hall.

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