Your Official Guide To The Cafés Of Hemingway’s Paris

Take a trip to 1920s Paris via these historic cafés.

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Ernest Hemingway and Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Paris, 1925. FACEBOOK Mr Eklektik’s Attik

See (and taste) Paris authentically through the eyes of an artist. Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Picasso are just a few of the now famous creatives that became regulars at several Parisian cafés during the jazz era. Here is your complete list of these cafés and where to find them during your trip.

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Hemingway (at left) during the Fiesta of San Fermin in Pamplona, 1925. The Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. FACEBOOK The Morgan Library & Museum

Les Deux Magots

6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006, Paris, France

Les Deux Magots
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Perhaps one of the most famous cafés in all of Paris, Les Deux Magots is located in the trendy Saint-Germain district. Once a novelty shop named after the two Chinese statues perched inside, the café has an abundance of history within its walls. Today, it’s best known for its famous regulars from Sartre to Picasso who used to spend time there in the 20s, marked by the breakfast options named after the artists who ordered them. Stop by in the morning and get Le Petit Déjeuner Hemingway: fried eggs with bacon or ham, bread and butter, fresh juice, and a plain yogurt or fruit salad. The café is often host to various literary events and even created its own Prix des Deux Magots award, a French literary prize for more unconventional works. Red vinyl booths and a terrace with views of the historic neighborhood surrounding make Les Deux Magots a cherished Parisian landmark.

Café de Flore

172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006, Paris, France

Café de Flore
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Café de Flore opened in 1887 and quickly became the home base for countless creatives throughout the years. Artists and writers alike would spend entire days here, working and talking until after dark. Known as the birthplace of Surrealism and existentialist philosophy, Café de Flore comes with a great deal of cultural significance. This is a place where the ultra-famous mingle with the unknown and the “regulars” don’t consider going anywhere else for their daily dose of pastries and people watching.

La Closerie des Lilas

171 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006, Paris, France

La Closerie des Lilas
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Referred to as the “Hemingway Bar,” due to his tendency to hole up in a quiet corner to write, La Closerie des Lilas is a gourmet restaurant with a rich history. Since its opening, the bar has been a famous meeting place for artists due to its classy ambiance and greenery. The restaurant’s low lighting reflects on the mahogany bar top, where you can enjoy a cocktail and some live music. Explore the private lounge on the first floor or order some delicious fresh seafood in the bright and open dining area. Don’t forget to look out for engraved names the of famous people who always sat at specific tables if you sit down to eat!

Harry’s New York Bar

5 Rue Daunou, 75002, Paris, France