LES DEUX MAGOTS: A VERY CULTURED COFFEE BREAK

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Overall score: 7/10

So today we decided we’d take a little trip down to Saint Germain to visit Les Deux Magots, a cafe that once had the reputation for being the place to go for the creme de la creme of literary genius in Paris. Boasting old regulars such as Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce and Bertolt Brecht, I was really keen to see what was so good about the cafe that attracted the greatest intellects of the city.

There were elaborate almost theatrical red curtains and an old revolving door led into the cafe. When we got in, we were greeted in English (I don’t understand how our nationality is so obvious) and then seated almost immediately in the cafe centre.The waiters were dressed in suits and bow ties, the matire d entirely in black. From the moment we sat down, the place seemed too proper. It seemed too classy, too chic and too typically Parisian to be anything that I could imagine Picasso finding inspiration in.

Honestly, the hot chocolate was delicious, if not a little overpriced. I guess that’s what happens when a quirky little cafe becomes a modern tourist trap. Disappointing really. I did enjoy myself, but there was genuinely nothing special about it…at least not for me.

Still, I’d clearly raised my expectations too high. Paris is so full of wonderfully quirky and incredibly individual little hideouts that I expected this place to conform to my idealisms and not just every other restaurant in Paris. I guess I half expected to walk in and see people swapping notes over coffees, staring out of windows with excellent views of Saint Germain. The views are hidden, the tables mainly filled with tourists and couples.

I was really glad I went to the cafe. As I said, the house hot chocolate was delicious. Would I go there again? Probably not. Would I recommend someone else to head there with their weekend in Paris? Again, probably not. It’s one of those places where a person might go just to say they’ve been more so than create a haunt for coffees and catch ups.

Overall rating: 7/10 
 
Price: 6/10
Taste: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Originality: 5/10
(I got George and Orla to give me their opinions too and then took an average!)
Sorcha x
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