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Les Deux Magots

 - Eat - Paris

Les Deux Magots is a famous café in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris, France. It once had a reputation as the rendezvous of the literary and intellectual élite of the city. It is now a popular tourist destination. Its historical reputation is derived from the patronage of Surrealist artists, intellectuals such as Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and young writers, such as Ernest Hemingway. Other patrons included Albert Camus and Pablo Picasso.

The Deux Magots literary prize has been awarded to a French novel every year since 1933.

Origin of the name

The name originally belonged to a fabric and novelty shop at nearby 23 Rue de Buci. The shop sold silk lingerie and took its name from a popular play of the moment (1800s) entitled Les Deux Magots de la Chine (Two Figurines from China.) In 1873 the business transferred to its current location in the Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés. In 1884 the business changed to a café and liquoriste, keeping the name.

Auguste Boulay bought the business in 1914, when it was on the brink of bankruptcy, for 400,000 francs (anciens). The present manager, Catherine Mathivat, is his great-great-granddaughter.

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References in literature and popular culture

In 1972 Carlos the Jackal carried out a trademark grenade attack on the Deux Magots killing 2 and injuring 34.

Latest Reviews (50)

Try hot chocolate; it's the best hot chocolate of the world!
April 19, 2013
The hot chocolate will change your life.
April 15, 2013
Café de Flore 1 - Les Deux Magots 0
April 7, 2013
Give yourself a sore arm by waving at the camera of every passerby that takes a photograph.
April 5, 2013
Great cofe with real parisian atmosphere
March 14, 2013
Best tea service in Paris. :)
March 9, 2013
Make a reservation, it's just courteous. And order the beef tar tare and ask for some mustard. You'll thank me later.
March 3, 2013
Two witches in English. One of the two famous cafes on St Germain :) nice
March 2, 2013
Two witches in English. One of the two famous cages on St Germain :)
March 2, 2013
Pas pour la carte mais pour l AMBIANCE germano pratinne
February 17, 2013
Uma tarde com Gustavo e Bernardo Reis
February 17, 2013
For philosophy lovers. This is where Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre use to have debates.. Its a must.
February 2, 2013
Un chocolate exquisito
February 1, 2013
The chocolate is very good
February 1, 2013
Ici aussi...C est du Lavazza 100% arabica #paris #lavazza #lavazzabrasil #france #coffe #caffè
January 31, 2013
Les meilleurs petit-déjeuners de Paris! S'installer sous la verrière pour la vue sur l'église Saint Germain.
January 28, 2013
Haut lieu parisien n'empêchera pas d'avoir un service déplorable et une carte excessivement chère. Heureusement qu'il y a les desserts pour rattraper un peu.
January 25, 2013
buy your macarons at Pierre Herme
January 14, 2013
Lotado mas a comida é maravilhosa. O mil folhas então.,.
January 13, 2013
(1) Spread the butter on the bread(2) Don't be shy and sink the bread into the chocolate(3) Eat the resulting mix (optional, close your eyes)You are welcome.
January 3, 2013
Once frequented by writers such as Wilde & Hemingway, this place will spark the most intellectual conversations. Enjoy the chocolat chaud after brunch and it will set the mood for the rest of the day.
December 24, 2012
http://www.francetravelguide.com/famous-paris-cafes.html Fun place to grab coffee or a quick lunch (pricey but look at the history!)
November 14, 2012
Loveliest cafe at St. Germain. Best millefeuille cakes.
November 11, 2012
Service vite fait serveur autin mais surtout ca pue les wc ou la canalisation a l interieur :( attrosse vu les prix!
November 1, 2012
Le tartine de boeuf est super!! Avec Un verre du vin Bruilly, perfect!!
September 22, 2012
من اشهر الكوفي شوبات في باريس في الحي اللاتيني .. كثير من السياسيين يجلسون هنا ..
September 10, 2012
Les patisseries Pierre Hermé
September 10, 2012
2명이서 먹었더니 150유로 나왔음. ㅠㅠ
September 2, 2012
exceptional breakfast place
August 18, 2012
Este era o lugar para se estar e foi frequentado por Hemingway, Simone de Beauvoir, Picasso, Oscar Wilde, Andre Malraux e Antoine de Saint Exupéry.
July 10, 2012
Le service est immonde !
July 3, 2012
The Gilled Salmon and Vegetables are amazing!
June 20, 2012
La maman et la putain.
June 15, 2012
Very famous as being the hangout place for Satre and de Buvoir. Wines are reasonably priced. Cannot beat the atmosphere.
May 28, 2012
super,et bien parisien.
May 17, 2012
trop touristique mais emplacement exceptionnel devant l' abbaye
May 3, 2012
o atendimento é ótimo, oposto do vizinho café de flore.
April 20, 2012
The tarte tatin is just perfect! What dreams are made of
April 7, 2012
[[( T O D A Y I S A G O O D D A Y )]] 4breakfast
April 1, 2012
un lieu magnifique, pour aller manger avec amis, je le recommande
March 29, 2012
Les Deux Magots café in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris. It once had a reputation as the rendezvous of the literary and intellectual élite of the city.
March 28, 2012
En 1973 dans le film Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob, c'est devant Les Deux Magots que le personnage de Slimane se fait enlever par la police secrète de son pays.
March 28, 2012
Rien a changer toujours aussi touristique ..
March 17, 2012
SOOOO EXPENSIVE!!!! Apart from the chocolat chaud, NOT worth it.
March 7, 2012
Best hot chocolate in the world.
March 7, 2012
Le chocolat chaud est magique
March 5, 2012
Chocolat chaud svp!
March 5, 2012
Breakfast in Paris, where else!
February 22, 2012
Bring a copy of A Moveable Feast and enjoy a Salade Deux Magot with a cup of the best Café au Lait in town. This popular French bistro is a spot Hemingway used to frequent and with good reason.
February 10, 2012
Good chocolate, sartre and picasso were there
February 9, 2012

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Saturday, 14 April, 2012 16:28

Nicola Santini

@LaSavj vai in via del babuino x moda. Shopping culinario da Roscioli zona campo dei fiori, per la tavola Gusto vicino ara Pacis.