La Closerie des Lilas

La Closerie des Lilas, in the 6th arrondissement, is a brasserie – restaurant – piano bar full of History. The evening might be a bit pricey but the atmosphere inside this Parisian institution is worth it.


In the 20th century, la Closerie des Lilas was the place to be for writers and artists. Hemingway, Picasso, Verlaine were all regular patrons of this former guinguette in their own time. Recently, Woody Allen paid homage to this place in Midnight in Paris. Today, the cocktail selection paired with the movie atmosphere, enhanced by red leather booths, zinc bar and soft candlelight in the cafe-brasserie, give to la Closerie and classic and picturesque feel.

Expensive Taste

In a neighborhood generally packed with students, La Closerie offers an out-of-date green escape, full of history. Highly recommended for an evening drink and few hours spent listening to live piano at the bar or a romantic escape in the patio and the restaurant. Depending on your budget, you’ll either choose the restaurant or the less expensive brasserie. Menus prices go from 30 in the brasserie to 52 € in the restaurant, without wine.

Other Info.
– It’s recommended to reserve a few days in advance for the restaurant.
-The fish and seafood selection is very good like in many places in the Montparnasse neighborhood.