Café de Flore

 

Café de Flore is one of the most famous Parisian cafes, a shelter of intellectual and creative audience, which is located in the historic district of Paris.

In the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one of the most famous Parisian cafe – Cafe de Flore (Le Cafe De Flore). It was opened in 1877. Since its inception, café has  enjoyed great popularity among the bohemian audience. Hence, a proper  atmospere. Intellectuals nowadays again do not leave the Café de Flore without attention.

It is located in the sixth district of Paris, at the intersection of Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Rue Saint-Benoit. In the same area, near the cafe, there are such famous attractions as the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, Theater “Odeon”, the church of Saint-Sulpice, the mansion of Monet, the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, cafe Les Deux Magots, etc. These Popular tourism attractions contribute to a steady stream of public and in the café itself. On weekends, free tables here simply do not exist. And if you want to visit the café and relax in the silence, it’s better to choose a weekday  for that.

The name of the Cafe de Flore was in honor of the statue of the goddess Flora, who was standing on the opposite side of the boulevard Saint-Germain. Interior  of  halls has been preserved to this day almost in the same form in which it was during  the days of World War II.  In this café you can see the domination of  the style of Art Deco, which is made with mahogany paneling of the walls and seats.

During  the difficult times of scarce military Café de Flore  became famous because of its food allowance(ration) where always  fresh eggs were  presented  . As a tradition, and  nowadays, egg dishes are marked on the menu in a special section. The rest of the dishes do not  differ  significantly from the other Parisian cafes and restaurants. But we should be prepared for  a slightly inflated prices. For example, a cup of tea costs at six – seven euros.

However, tourists are not deterred, but rather the contrary. In addition to the conventional Parisians, in the Cafe de Flore for a cup of morning coffee or an evening  absinthe always famous people came. In the XIX century – poets and writers ,in the early XX – politicians, since 1947 the Café de Flore – a place of pilgrimage for musicians and jazzmen.  Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, Camus and Hemingway, Rimbaud and Verlaine, Picasso, André Breton – are just a few of the famous cafe regulars.

Every year in the Café de Flore held a traditional ceremony of awarding “Flora Award.” It was established in 1994 with the help of modern French writer Frederic Beigbeder and assigned to the talented French authors.

The specificity of the public  has led to the fact that poetry and music, books and even some scenes in the movies are repeatedly devoted to Cafe de Flore.

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