Edith’s Cafe Spotlight: Les Deux Magots

July 12, 2019 at 11:00 am 2 comments

Save the Paris Cafe is a wonderful new initiative launched by the energetic, imaginative, healthy-community-minded Lisa Anselmo. And this is the first essay in a series that will be presented on this website by the inimitable, knowledgeable, and witty Edith de Belleville. Take a look everyone, and join in this effort–we’re all needed to help keep Paris’s wonderful cafe culture alive and well! Janet Hulstrand


Parisian storyteller, historian, and licensed tour guide Edith de Belleville shares the history behind her favorite places around Paris to sip a coffee or glass of wine and watch Paris go by. We’re launching the series with the venerable Les Deux Magots in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
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There are cafés in Paris where you can’t just do whatever you want. There are rules. Les Deux Magots is one of these. But do not be put off by this. As soon as you pass through the majestic revolving door of this mythical café, you’ll understand what I mean. You are now in the hallowed halls of the Parisian Intelligensia.

On the wall are black and white photographs of the famous artists and writers who came before, and sat in the same comfortable banquettes where you are now sitting: Ernest Hemingway with Janet Flanner; the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire; the…

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  • 1. mariehelene56  |  July 16, 2019 at 8:51 am

    What a wonderful addition to your lovely blog, Janet. I have many sweet memories of the cafes of Paris, and our coffee bars are a poor imitation. A great subject and a great cause.

  • 2. Janet Hulstrand  |  July 16, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Thanks, Marie-Helene! I hope you will follow the Save the Paris Cafe blog too–you’re right, it is both a great subject and a great cause, and there’ll be lots of good writing coming out of it too… 🙂


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