After the Eiffel Tower we travelled back to Saint Germain to visit the notorious Le Deux Magots Cafe (French pronunciation: le dø maɡo) for a coffee and croissant after hearing glowing review from Russell's Father.
Throughout my stay in Paris, I have to say this is the best chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) I had - and I ordered plenty! It was as if a chocolate bar had been melted down and mixed with milk. It wasn't too sweet and had the most amazing texture - I would recommend a visit just to try this drink, however the rest of the menu is extremely overpriced.
The cafe once had a reputation as the rendezvous of the literary and intellectual élite of the city, and is now a popular tourist destination.
Over the years the cafe has been a regular haunt to intellectuals and writers such as Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Albert Camus, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, Bertolt Brecht and the American writer Charles Sutherland.
The shop originally sold silk lingerie and took its name from a popular play in the1800s 'Les Deux Magots de la Chine' ("Magot" literally means, "stocky figurine from the Far East). Its two statues representing Chinese magicians are still in cafe to this day, gazing serenely over the room.
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