Café de Flore
One of Paris’ most storied cafés, the Café de Flore is located in the heart of the Left Bank, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Formerly frequented by artists and intellectuals—including Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Pablo Picasso, and Ernest Hemingway—it’s now a Paris institution and an Emily in Paris filming location.
Since opening in 1887, Café de Flore has maintained its artistic and fashionable reputation, regardless of becoming a major tourist destination. With its classic art deco looks, the rows of tables under its outdoor awnings, and its well-dressed waiters, it’s perhaps the Platonic ideal of the Parisian cafe. While its menu includes classic offerings like quiche and croque madames, its really Café de Flore’s glittering reputation and see-and-be-seen crowds that’re the primary draw. It’s easy to stop by the Café de Flore during a stroll through the Left Bank, whether for a quick photo or a relaxed afternoon meal.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Don’t forget to order the hot chocolate—it’s one of Café de Flore’s specialties.
- Café de Flore don’t take reservations, and on busy days you might need to wait in line outside before you’re seated.
- Café de Flore is located at street level and accessible for wheelchair users, though its interior is relatively cramped.
How to Get There
Café de Flore is in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés on Paris’ Left Bank, in the 6th arrondissement. The nearest Métro station is Saint-Germain-des-Prés, served by Line 6. Mabillon, served by Line 10, is also just moments away. You can also reach the cafe by taxi or bike, and on foot.
When to Get There
Café de Flore is open every day, from early in the morning until late into the wee hours. Its especially busy during the summer high season, so those looking for a calmer experience should visit earlier in the day or later in the evening.
Visiting Les Deux Magots
Café de Flore isn’t the only legendary Paris café in Saint-Germain-des-Prés: its longstanding rival, the equally feted Les Deux Magots, is located just across the street. Like the Café de Flore, it was also opened in the 1880s and also attracted artists and bohemians such as Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, and James Joyce. Stop by Deux Magots for a drink to complete your experience.
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