Closerie des Lilas
Paris-St Germain and the Latin Quarter
May 11, 2018
This atmospheric bar dates back to 1847. In its heyday the Closerie was a favourite of Paris’ literary and artistic community and at one time you could walk through its doors and stand a good chance of seeing a cash-strapped Hemingway nursing a carafe of red wine or Gertrude Stein deep in discussion with Alice B. Toklas; Picasso drank here, so did Whistler. Though its bohemian past makes it a magnet for tourists, it remains popular with people in the publishing world and hasn’t lost its character; it’s still deliciously cacophonous, especially when the pianist shows up. The food is classically French but overpriced for the quality: this place is really all about the atmosphere. Order a kir royale or a champagne julep and lose yourself in this slice of Paris’s past.
What their peers say
“This is an old Hemingway haunt, immortalised in two of his works A Moveable Feast and The Sun Also Rises. It is a magical place with a very rich history and has indeed played host to a myriad of celebrities over the years. I considered it to be the best find that we stumbled upon when we did a tour of Parisian bars two years ago.” Sean Muldoon of The Dead Rabbit, New York City
Main photo credit: http://www.closeriedeslilas.fr/