Today frequented mainly by tourists, this legendary café is the former haunt of intellectuals and writers such as Paul Verlaine, Oscar Wilde, Guillaume Apollinaire, Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, to name only a few.
The café takes its name from the two oriental statues flanking the central pillar inside.
In fact, long before it was turned into a café, Les Deux Magots was the name of the luxury dry goods store that operated at the same spot from 1813 to around 1884, when it became a wine merchant’s.
The original store was named after a play that was hit at the theaters back then.
At the turn of the 20th century, with the neighborhood rapidly becoming a focal point for Paris’s intellectual and artistic community, the owners decided to transform the wine shop into a café.
Situated in the very heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Les Deux Magots is one of the most famous places in Paris to go for hot chocolate. Served in a pitcher, their cocoa is rich, dark and velvety smooth.
This is a great place for people watching, in summer or winter.
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Les Deux Magots
6, place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 45 48 55 25
Hours: Mon. to Sun. 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.