The Café de Flore is a classic example of how past and present coexist. Paris, 1933. The writer Charles Maurras, who lived on the first floor of this building, wrote Au signe de Flore. In honour of this literary tribute, every September the jury of the Prix de Flore meets at the café to award a prize to a young and talented author.
Les Deux Magots was — and still is — another important rendezvous for young philosophers and literati. In 1933, a group of friends, who were part of the cultural trend of Surrealism, decided to establish their own literary prize: the Prix des Deux Magots. The Deux Magots later attracted numerous intellectuals, including Umberto Eco.
Not only the streets, but also the city rooftops have something magical about them. They seem to serve as a container for everything that takes place in the buildings of the French capital, viewed as privileged venues of encounters and cultural exchanges. It is between these enchanting rooftops that you’ll glimpse the wooden blades of the Moulin de la Galette, not as well-known as the nearby Moulin Rouge. A public dance hall open to everyone, the Moulin owes its name to galettes, the flat, crusty rye cakes that were served at the entrance along with a glass of wine. This was back in 1833 and, at the time, happiness cost just 25 centimes.
If Cinderella lived in Paris, she wouldn’t have a chance to experience this thrill: the Club Silencio, one of the most exclusive clubs in Paris, opens its doors at the stroke of midnight. Created by the American film director David Lynch, it is a cross-section of Hollywood in the heart of Paris, at No. 142 on Rue Montmartre.
The beauty of Paris is its ability to bring together classic and modern, innovation and tradition.
So it is not surprising that close to one of the entrances to the Louvre — at Rue de Rivoli No. 59 — you’ll find Electron Libre: the house is occupied and entirely populated by artists and their works, posing a sharp contrast with the surroundings.
Just two subway stops away you’ll find Colette: café, water bar and the first concept store on the Old Continent.
And now all you need to do is go discover these timeless little corners and enjoy a cup of coffee in the heart of a city poised between the charm of the past and the unmistakable style of modern life.