This hangout of the Parisian intelligentsia owes its name to a famous sculpture of the goddess of spring, the aptly named “Flora”, located on the other side of the boulevard. In 1917, Guillaume Apollinaire would visit, taking up position near the stove and spending the day dreaming, writing and meeting his surrealist friends André Breton, Paul Reverdy, Louis Aragon and Paul Éluard. A few years later, the first floor of the brasserie was frequented by the couple Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Alongside them, Albert Camus, Raymond Aron and Maurice Merleau-Ponty came here to write their respective works.
In the sumptuous Art Deco room and on the spacious outdoor patio looking out at boulevard Saint-Germain, showbiz celebrities, locals and tourists come and go, enjoying the unique atmosphere of this legendary neighbourhood establishment.
Come here for the traditional hot chocolate, a house speciality, or enjoy a delicious glass of wine. For lunch, dinner, or a drink, Café de Flore is an institution of Parisian life.
Each year, the establishment also hosts the Prix de Flore, created by writer Frédéric Beigbeder, which recognises young French literary talent.
Le Café de Flore
172 boulevard Saint-Germain
+33 (0)1 45 48 55 26
Coffee: 5.90 EUR