Cafe de Flore Paris

Visiting Cafe de flore – A Paris institution

October 10, 2018 9:00 am

From celebrity customers to its centuries at the forefront of Parisian cafe culture, here’s why you should be visiting Cafe de Flore for un cafe or deux.

This Parisian institute is one of the most renowned cafes in Paris and is about as classic as it gets, with its crisp white marquee and overflow of customers relaxing at chic tables outside. Although the hot chocolate and setting is more than enough reason to make a visit, it’s Cafe de Flore’s illustrious history that attracts thousands of tourists every year and makes it one of the best cafes in Paris.

Located on the Seine’s picturesque left bank between the fifth and sixth arrondissement, this art deco destination has been featured by the likes of Vogue Australia, Goop, Time Out Paris and more. Unsurprisingly, it’s topped many Parisian guidebooks as a must-visit place especially for those who love literature, fashion and art. (In fact, the cafe is lined with works of art by the master artists who used to frequent Cafe de Flore.)


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Cafe de Flore Paris

Dating all the way back to 1887, this charming establishment has long paid host to the intellectuals of the city and attracted big names to its front doors. For years, it was the place to be and be seen (plus get into a debate or two) as many a great mind frequented the premises.

Named for a statue of the goddess of flowers that used to sit opposite the street, it quickly became a St Germain institution. The great French poet Apollinaire would later invest in the spot and attract other literary types including Aragon, Andre Breton and Philippe Soupault to its tables. It’s a stretch, but the cafe claims that it was the ‘birthplace of surrealism’ – regardless of whether it actually was or not, it’s definitely a place where the movement found its feet.

In the early 1900s, Cafe Flore Paris became a landmark spot with a reputation for attracting the most forward-thinking types. Descartes, Picasso, Simone de Beauvoir, Trotsky and more begin to frequent the cafe – all thriving and humming with promise despite the gloomy German occupation in World War 2.


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The cafe endured the Nazi regime as a hidden sanctuary for the free-thinkers and soon attracted creative types from all industries over the ensuing years. Cinemaphiles like Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Coppola, Quentin Tarantino; the big thinkers like Roland Barthes and Jacques Lacan; sartorialists like Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne – they all found refuge here. And naturally the crowds, keen to catch a glimpse of the big names, began to flock to the cafe and brought big business with them.

That takes us to the present day, now that it’s become a beloved tourist destination and a spot that even celebrity cafe regulars will sometimes brave the crowds for. With its bright red flowers, crimson couches and vintage furniture, it’s no surprise that it’s been featured in popular films (such as the one literally named after it) and television shows like Gossip Girl as a chic Parisian hangout.


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Perfect morning in Paris💔 ⠀ Почему парижанки стильные и худые? Потому что тарелка ужина состоит 60$, а красивое летнее платье – 40$😅 ⠀ Когда я увидела цены на завтраки – тоже захотелось ‘побыть истиной француженкой’ и ограничится только чашечкой кофе ̶и̶ ̶с̶и̶г̶а̶р̶е̶т̶о̶й̶😅 ⠀ Я думала в Америке еда дорогая, но с Парижем, наверное, ничего не сравнится. ⠀ Говорят, если отъехать за город – то цены нормализуются, но у нас отель в самом центре под башней, поэтому ̶д̶а̶в̶и̶м̶с̶я̶ наслаждаемая круассанами за 10$😬 ⠀ Вы что обычно едите на завтрак?

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Cafe de Flore Paris menu

Now that you have the lowdown on the cafe’s long history, it’s now time to understand why people keep on coming back to this classic spot. If you’re looking for some of the best coffee in Paris, the beans and brew at Cafe de Flore is top of the line and apparently Robert de Niro even has it delivered straight to his hotel room when he’s in town. Be sure you don’t miss one of the best hot chocolates in Paris as its chocolate chaud is off the charts: thick, creamy and served with a side pot of chantilly cream.


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If you’re going to be visiting any nearby tourist spots on the left bank, we’d recommend stopping here for a delicious omelette and a coffee to start the day off right. And it goes without saying that if the weather’s warm and sunny, you simply must sit outside on the terrace.

In the early evening, it also becomes a popular apero spot where you can grab a glass of wine and people watch. Just bear in mind that as it’s a popular joint, the prices can get a little steep – maybe have a couple here and then move onto another bar if you’re going to make it a long night.

Cafe Flore Paris Address

Cafe de Flore, 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France

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