Saint Germain Des Prés: famous cafés & their illustrious visitors

Some famous cafés and their illustrious visitors in the 6th arrondissement

Credit Photos Cafe de Flore Officiel

© Café de Flore

Cafés are a landmark in French life. The café has been around for centuries, the oldest one in Paris being “Café Procope”, founded by an Italian in 1686. They are a center of Parisian social life, a place to rest, to talk and watch the “world go by”. Generally they serve food (Plat du Jour). Most of them have sidewalk terraces “terrasses”, heated in winter and crowded as soon as the sun comes out in summer. They are different from coffee houses and, surprisingly, the American Starbucks has managed to open many venues in Paris, though it is not so popular for traditional espresso.
We are going to take you to “ le Procope” where coffee was first introduced in France, the most famous café in the “Siècle des Lumières” where great thinkers and writers met, preparing the French Revolution.
From there we’ll have a look at the 2 most famous cafés in St Germain des Prés, Café de Flore and Café des 2 Magots, whose most famous customers were Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre….
Paris wouln’t be Paris without its cafés!

By Sylvie

Music credits: Erik Satie – Gnossienne 1 by Edward Rosser