Café de Flore

Café / Historic Restaurant
Café de Flore Café de Flore in Paris’ 6eme is a classic and pricey French café steeped in history. Drink an espresso where Jean-Paul Sartre used to in Paris with Party Earth. Paris France 48.85406 2.33261
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Party Earth Review Bursting at the seams with history, Café de Flore was the old stomping ground of iconic French intellectuals Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and this unique heritage has attracted a flood of well-heeled... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    4: Saint-Germain-des-Prés; 10: Mabillon

  • Phone:

    01 45 48 55 26

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  • Hours:

    Daily 7am–1:30am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café de Flore Review

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Café de Flore in Paris’ 6eme is a classic and pricey French café steeped in history. Drink an espresso where Jean-Paul Sartre used to in Paris with Party Earth.

Bursting at the seams with history, Café de Flore was the old stomping ground of iconic French intellectuals Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and this unique heritage has attracted a flood of well-heeled and knowledgeable tourists making a pilgrimage to one of THE quintessential Parisian cafés.

Facing the busy Boulevard Saint-Germain, the building is surrounded by a conservatory-like patio that offers an airy place to sip a dainty coffee and people-watch amid the plumes of smoke from petite Romeo cigarettes, which appear to be a permanent local accessory.

Opened in 1887 – and changed little since – the venue features scarlet-upholstered banquette benches, tiled floors, and dark wood tables that express a timeless elegance, with seats inhabited by a diverse crowd that ranges from affluent young couples and perfectly primped older ladies to savvy tourists seeking Sartre’s old table.

Given the café style, the focus is primarily on a civilized coffee or aperitifs rather than a full meal, but croque monsieur, omelets, and other classic French café fare is available for those who need a more substantial nosh.

And of course there’s always the ice cream menu, which is as big as the ice creams themselves, but – as with most everything here – premium prices are charged to reflect the premium location.

Yes, the waist-coated waiters will likely be brisk and the venue will always be busy, but Café de Flore’s long history and quintessentially French vibe promise a profound cultural experience.

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Tip from Jonah:

Each November, the prominent Prix de Flore literary prize is awarded at the café to a young, up-and-coming French author. The winner receives a €6,000 cash prize and gets to drink one glass of the exulted Pouilly-Fumé white wine at Flore every day for a whole year.

  • Crowd

    Intellectual tourists, well-heeled locals, wealthy young couples, people-watchers, mid-20s to 50s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    People-watching galore, as well as the likelihood of spotting lots of luxury cars parked along the street.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Traditional French dishes including onion soup, croque monsieur, confit de canard, omelets, sandwiches, salads, ice cream, and other desserts.

  • Prices

    Café menu €8.50–€30+. Beer €8.50–€9, wine €7.50–€12.50/glass or €30–€65+/bottle, cocktails €13–€18, spirits €7–€17+. Coffee €4–€8, tea €5.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    There’s no dress code, but trendy/elegant is still the norm: tailored coats, suits, vests, slacks, designer tops, fitted sweaters.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Such is the reputation that there is never a particularly quiet or crowd-free time at Café de Flore, but breakfast on a cool, clear morning is a beautiful way to start the day.

  • Close By

    Les Deux Magots (6 Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés) is steps away and has a similar literary and historical reputation.

Café de Flore User Reviews

Average rating:
A historic marvel
Keemia F. May 14, 2013
Perched quaintly in the 6th arrondissement of Paris on the corner of the Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue St. Benoitand, The infamous Café de Flore is praised by visitors from around the world for its rich history, ambient atmosphere, traditional dishes and it being the perfect place to sip coffee and enjoy the passers by. Don’t be surprised to bump in to certain intellectuals or famous celebrities as this is a prime hot spot considered by many to be the most famous café in the world. There is a rich cafe culture in Paris and the French take their coffee breaks very seriously. Café de Flore has housed the likes of Picasso, Sartre and Camus in its time. The quintessential French cafe, Cafe de Flore still retains its original Art Deco decor, comprised of red seating, mahogany and mirrors, whilst most people still prefer sitting in the outdoor patio to enjoy in the people watching, Café de Flore offers an extensive menu ranging from teas, coffees, hot chocolates, alcoholic drinks and juices to small bites and desserts. All in all, Cafe de Flore is an essential stop-off when in Paris.
Cafe de Flore
Laura S. Dec 11, 2012
At first glance you would be forgiven for thinking Cafe de Flore is merely a stereotypical Paris Cafe, another average cliche. However the moment you step through the doors and become absorbed by the Art Deco image, the crimson seats and mahogany furnishing instantly transport you back to the cafe's glory days. The infamous cafe is one of the oldest coffeehouses in Paris and is synonymous with flowing ink, flowing conversation and flowing drinks. Being an intellectual hot spot during the second world war, the place is brimming with history and retains its beautifully vibrant Parisian feel to this day. The fact that greats such as Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Sartre once shared this space makes it worth the £8 you just spent on your hot chocolate. Cafe de Flore is a great place to watch the world go by. I happily sat sipping my hot chocolate and people watching. Much like my hot chocolate the clientele are generally a rich, decadent and deeply nostalgic bunch clinging to what the Cafe de Flore once was. This place is a must for any budding writer or intellectual looking to be consumed for an hour or two by the stunning history and ambience of the Cafe de Flore.
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