Les Deux Magots
Paris-St Germain and the Latin Quarter
May 11, 2018
It ranks among the most famous cafes in Paris. Les Deux Magots, in a beautiful location on Place Saint Germain des Pres, has a rich cultural and historical background. Ernest Hemingway, Picasso and Oscar Wilde were all once regulars. Jean Paul Sartre with Simone de Beauvoir would spend hours writing and talking at their corner table. For decades it was the social heart of the Paris art world. Inside it’s pure Paris, with the café taking its name from the two wooden statues of Chinese merchants, (or ‘magots’), that adorn the central pillar. There’s a large range of drinks but food is basic French cafe fare, salads, soups and so forth. However it’s the atmosphere and the history that are the main draws here.