Ah, Paris. Home to baguettes, berets and the literary elite, the French capital is perhaps best known for the architectural landmark that is the Eiffel Tower. But the city’s famed buildings go well beyond this tourist hotspot, as throughout the years the best and brightest minds have gathered at one café in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area.
The literary reputation of Les Deux Magots (“two figures” en français) is derived from its history within the Surrealist movement, but since the late 1800s the café has also played host to European intellectuals such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Bertolt Brecht as well as American ex-patriots like Ernest Hemingway. Originally part of a fabric and novelty shop, the business officially became a café in 1884, keeping part of its silk trade origin by retaining the two Chinese figurines for which it is named.
If you’re ever in Paris and looking to walk in the footsteps of some of the literary and philosophical greats, be sure to stop by Les Deux Magots for a latte and to soak up the sun!
Les Deux Magots is the first café in the quarter to be blessed by the morning sun. Its clientele pay a healthy premium for drinking there, it’s only fitting they should be the first to catch the warmth of the new day.
-Steve Matchett, The Chariot Makers