REVIEW

Cafe de Flore

Café de Flore and Le Deux Magots have coexisted side-by-side for more than a century, with only the Rue Saint-Benoit separating them.  But a far vaster metaphysical gulf separates them now.  Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker has written at length of the seesawing prestige of the two Parisian institutions:  while Café de Flore has become "ineffably chic", Les Deux Magots has become an artifact, unvisited by locals and preserved in amber for tourists.  Why this is the case is not entirely clear, given that Le Deux Magots has the more illustrious pedigree and the better view.  Nevertheless, its jumble of red moleskin banquettes continues to seat Paris' fashionable crowd today, just as it once seated Paris' existentialists and intellectuals (but we repeat ourselves). 

Opposite the boulevard is a statute of Flora, the Roman mythological goddess of flowers and spring, for whom the café is named.  It is an apt name for this quintessentially French café, as there are few better spots to enjoy an espresso and croissant at the height of spring.

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INFORMATION

6th Arrondissement
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain
+33 (0)1 45 48 55 26
Mon-Sun, 7:30am-1:30am

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    • Paris
    • French
    • Al Fresco
    • Best View
    • Historic

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    • Zagat : 16

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