Les Deux Magots

Les Deux Magots, is a classic French café that has been regarded as a Parisian institution since it opened its doors in 1884. Thanks to literary giants, intellectuals and artists like Jean Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, to name a few, who frequented the café.

Les Deux Magots

Silk store to cafe

The café’s unusual name, Les Deux Magots, is derived from its humble origins as a silk store. Today, the two figurines of Chinese mandarins bear witness to the café’s name as silent sentinels of a time gone by.

The café serves a varied menu – from sandwiches to traditional French cuisine, meat or cheese platters as well as delicious hot chocolate in a pot.

Popular in real life and reel life

The café continues to be a destination for celebrities and has often made its appearance in several movies. Well, even if you don’t get to see a celebrity, you’ll have had a meal where poets, artists and authors were inspired.

By the way, they also kick off the literary season in Paris every year with the Prix des Deux Magots, a major award presented to a deserving French novel.