Les Deux Magots

6ème arrondissement

Les Deux Magots cafe is located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Its name comes from the store that sold Chinese Silk before. In 1884, the store is replaced by a coffee liqueur in the same place. Many writers like Verlaine, Rimbaud and Mallarmé are then used to meet there. Café "Les Deux Magots" begins to play an important role in the cultural life of Paris. In the 1920s, coffee hosts under the auspices of surrealist André Breton, long before the existentialists who did the beautiful nights wineries in the area. In 1933, a small group of friends surreal to the cafe learn that the Prix Goncourt was awarded to Andre Malraux for his book The Human Condition. Considering that price too academic, these surreal decide to start their own literary prize they call Price Deux Magots. This event marks the birth of the literary legend of coffee. Les Deux Magots will then frequented by many famous artists including Elsa Triolet, André Gide, Jean Giraudoux, Picasso, Fernand Léger, Prévert, Hemingway, Sartre or Simone de Beauvoir, to name a few.

Illustrations of Les Deux Magots


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