Paris | Day Three | Cafe de Flore

August 05, 2015

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We started our third day with a visit to Cafe de Flore, Saint-Germain's second most famous cafe.

Opened during the French Third Republic, it's name is taken from a sculpture of Flora (the goddess of flowers), located on the opposite side of the boulevard.

The classic Art Deco interior of all red seating, mahogany and mirrors has changed little since World War II.

Offering a wide menu including coffee, alcoholic drinks and food ranging from light snacks to full meals, the cafe (in my opinion) was overpriced due to its tourist hot spot reputation.

I enjoyed a croissant and chocolate chaud whilst Russell ordered a coffee (it's worth noting that the french cafes don't serve latte or cappuccino - only frothed milk). Whilst the cafe is worth a visit, the chocolate chaud wasn't as rich as Les Deux Magots.

Like its main rival, it has hosted most of the French intellectuals during the post-war years. Authors Joris-Karl Huysmans and Remy de Gourmont were one of the first well-known regulars, soon joined by Georges Bataille, Robert Desnos, Léon-Paul Fargue, Raymond Queneau and Pablo Picasso.

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