It's true what they say, if you want to experience a city in just 1 hour, go to the most local bar you can find. Even more so, if the bar itself is considered a cultural heritage! Here are our favourites bars that are more than 200 years old -
This bar, located in the Latin Quarter of Paris, was opened in 1686 and is considered to be the oldest café in Paris. It was a popular gathering spot for intellectuals, artists, and writers, including Voltaire, Rousseau, and Diderot. Today, it still serves classic French dishes and offers a unique atmosphere with its antique décor and old-world charm.
Address : 13 Rue De L’Ancienne Comedie 75006 PARIS
This bar and restaurant, located in the Montparnasse district, opened in 1847 and was frequented by many famous artists and writers, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Pablo Picasso. Today, it still retains its elegant Belle Époque décor and offers a sophisticated ambiance.
Address : 171 Boulevard Du Montparnasse 75006 Paris
This café, located in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, opened in the 1880s and was a popular meeting place for the city's intellectuals and artists. It still serves coffee, pastries, and light meals, and has a lively outdoor terrace that's perfect for people-watching.
Address : 172, Bd St Germain, 75006 PARIS
This bar, also located in the Montparnasse district, opened in 1925 and was a popular spot for expatriate artists, including Hemingway and James Joyce. Today, it still retains its Art Deco décor and serves classic French bistro fare.
Address : 99 Boulevard du Montparnasse 75006 Paris
This bar, located in the Les Halles district, was established in 1804 and is named after a famous rock formation in Brittany. It was a popular meeting place for merchants and traders who came to Les Halles to do business.
Address : 78 Rue Montorgueil, 2nd Arrondissement of Paris
Written by Stuti Khetan, Beverage Trade Network