Let’s speak about The most beautiful places in Paris. For a long time, bars, bistros, brasseries and others were considered as mercantile places, even debauchery, where artists came to find shelter and inspiration in absinthe or other spirits.
Although despised for these reasons, these places deserve attention. Previously, only museums, theaters, opera houses and libraries were considered cultural places. However, these establishments were the places where a lot of ideas bloomed, Le Procope was for example the rallying point of the philosophers of the Enlightenment.
They are now part of French heritage as living and accessible heritage, embodiment French art of living. Indeed, it is possible to go to these places every day and experience the true French art of living. Some of them are even available as wedding venues in Paris.
Au pied de cochon:
First on our list about the most beautiful places in Paris in the first arrondissement, the Au pied de cochon. Founded in 1947 by Clément Blanc, Au pied de cochon reigns over Les Halles. It is the first Parisian establishment to obtain the right to open all night. Offering popular dishes, it was the rallying point for post-war artists. It is possible to book this establishment to organize banquets or events, venue in Paris.
In 1835, the Auberge d’Augustin Meurice, now the Hotel Le Meurice, welcomed English tourists. Two centuries later, the place still welcomes Anglo-Saxons in one of the most luxurious places in the French capital. It is not uncommon to see a celebrity there.
Composed of three floors with different decorations, Les Flottes is a sublime place to meet. The basement is a storeroom, the ground floor a brasserie and the first floor is a lounge bar. It is located close to the Tuileries Garden. It is possible to book this establishment to organize banquets or events, weddings in France.
Established in 1832, L’escargot Montorgueil was first a delicatessen and wine merchant. In 1874, the establishment became a restaurant which later on became gastronomic in 1919. The cozy atmosphere makes it a unique place. It is possible to book this establishment to organize banquets or events, wedding venues in France.
Le cochon à l’oreille:
Le cochon à l’oreille became an historical monument in 1984 thanks to its wooden panel façade. In the center of the bar, some Effeillian stairs lead nowhere, and behind the bar is a clock without hands. It is located near Les Halles. It is possible to book this establishment to organize banquets or events, weddings in France.
In the same building where the headquarters of the Kenzo brand is located, there is a legendary establishment called Le Kong on the 5th and 6th floors. Accessible via two transparent elevators, the decor praises the woman. Very high up to have a georgous view, Le kong is a place to visit, if you want to know more about rooftops, click here.
In 1836, M.Zimmer set up his brewery on the Place du Châtelet. The ground floor still features sublime painted ceilings today and welcomes its customers on comfortable sofas. The establishment stands out for the finesse of its decor. It is possible to book this establishment to organize banquets or events, wedding dinners in Paris.
The first establishment on our list of the most beautiful places in Paris in the second arrondissement, the Gallopin. Created in 1976 by Gustave Gallopin, the establishment consists of rooms with different atmospheres. A Victorian-style side invites you to its Cuban mahogany bar. The other, a square of the philosophers, privileges the conversations with close tables surrounded by busts of the great philosophers. It is possible to book this establishment to organize banquets or events, wedding dinners in Paris.
Created in 1989, Le Tambour has a remarkable half-timbered facade. The entrance is decorated with a giant aquarium and the interior of the bistro is decorated with articulated characters that mimic scenes of life. The eclectic decor makes it an exceptional place.
Located in front of the Palais Brongniart on the Place de la Bourse. The archives place its construction around 1790. It changed places several times but in the place where it is, it will acquire its dimensions and its current appearance in 1920. Its art decor style makes it stand out. It is possible to book this establishment to organize banquets or events, wedding dinners in Paris.
Le café français:
The first establishment on our list of the most beautiful places in Paris in the fourth arrondissement Le café français. Le café français, born from the Beaumarly group, has a very particular and marked design. Redecorated in 2013, the rooms are perfectly symmetrical, the walls are covered with sheets of copper, marble and brass. It is possible to book this establishment to organize banquets or events, wedding dinners in Paris.
La belle Hortense:
The beautiful Hortense takes its name from the eponymous book by Jacques Roubaud. Its majestic blue frontage gives the place a magical character. The place is filled with rows of well-lit books where you can leaf through a book while tasting a good vintage. A huge tilted mirror gives the impression of a living painting.
La Brasserie de l’Isle Saint Louis:
Ideally located between the right bank and the left bank, you can see the Notre Dame Cathedral. It was named Taverne du Pont-Rouge in the 19th century. Its design has not changed since the 1920s. Alsatian decor, no cash register but a notebook, the 1928 percolator as a decor, the establishment takes us back in time.
Opened in 2005, La Caféothèque is dedicated to coffee lovers. They still serve tea and chocolate. The decor is well thought out, cozy Chesterfield sofa, wood, the place serves as a performance hall where artists come to perform. A second, lighter room accommodates temporary exhibitions. It also serves pastries.
La fourmi ailée:
The first establishment on our list of the most beautiful places in Paris in the fifth arrondissement, La fourmi ailée. Installed since 1995 in a former feminist bookstore, this house with listed glass roof and mezzanine is centered around books. With an impressive ceiling height, its decoration makes it an intimate and quirky place.
Le piano vache:
Since 1969, Le Piano vache has reigned supreme in student life in the Sorbonne district. Temple of rock, there are many posters on the walls and hundreds of photos from photo booths taken by customers. Its two rooms regularly welcome artists on its stages.
The first establishment on our list of the most beautiful places in Paris in the sixth arrondissement, La brasserie Lipp. Founded in 1880 by Léonard Lipp, the establishment was called “Brasserie des Bords du Rhin”, a reference to its Alsatian origins. It only found its current name in 1918 when Marcellin Cazes named it after its founder. Thanks to its history, paintings, mosaics, ceramics, the establishment has been a historical monument since 1989. It is possible to book this establishment to organize banquets or events, wedding venues in Paris.
Le Bar des Beaux Arts:
From a mansion was the residence of Queen Margot (1553-1615), then the residence of Oscar Wilde until 1990, Le Bar des Beaux Arts surprises with its decoration. Strange combination of leopard carpet and Greek-inspired columns and gilding that somehow works. In summer, we enjoy a small courtyard and fountain at the back of the restaurant.
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