Coffee (1D)

Your visit to this city will not be complete if you have not enjoyed an authentic Paris coffee in one of its mythical coffee shops. A romantic and bohemian image that, without doubt, will stay in your memory forever. Do what its great artists, writers and intellectuals have done in the social gatherings in the cafés on the best bank of the Seine and enjoy their coffees.

The first coffee shop in Paris dates back to 1686, when Le Procope was opened. However, not only is it the oldest in Paris, but also claims to be the oldest in the world. The Sicilian Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli was the founder of this emblematic café that is still open today as a restaurant at number 13 Rue de l’Ancienne Comédie. Among its customers featured Voltaire and the young Napoleon, who wanted to leave his hat as a deposit while he went to get some money to pay his bill.

The cafés gradually became a very important element of Parisian social life and, with the creation of the Grand Boulevards in the 19th century, the terraces became more and more popular.

There was a café for each type of client and a client for each type of café. There were cafés for chess lovers, for billiards fans and for domino players. The literati tended towards Le Procope. The officers of the royal guard during the First Empire preferred the Café d’Orsay and the bankers of the Second Empire met in the cafés of Rue de la Chaussée d’Antin. The bourgeoisie were the main clients of the Café de París or the Tortoni. And theatre fans would go to the Café de la Paix, which is still open today, close to the Opéra metro station. Its typical 19th-century decoration is the work of Garnier, who you will know for having designed the Opéra de Garnier.

The cafés where the in-people sit today are on the best bank, in Saint-Germain and Montparnasse, where before the First World War the Russian revolutionaries would meet, such as Lenin and Trotsky.

The cafés of Paris have had as clients artists such as Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau, writes such as Ernest Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald, intellectuals such as Jean-Paul Sartre and singers such as Josephine Baker and Juliette Greco.

From here we would like to encourage you to enjoy the terraces of the Paris cafés by having a petit noir or espresso.

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