Les Deux Magots
Cuisine: European, French
Price Range: $$
If you are wondering what a magot is, or why there are two of them, just step inside the iconic cafe and bear witness to the statues of two Chinese magi, or wise men, presiding over the center of the... Read More
If you are wondering what a magot is, or why there are two of them, just step inside the iconic cafe and bear witness to the statues of two Chinese magi, or wise men, presiding over the center of the room. It is very fitting decor, since this room has played host to literary, artistic and political greats over the past century such as Picasso, Hemingway and Louis Aragon. The tables outside are where history was made, hosting such literary greats. This anchor of Parisian life and history is still run by the same family, though today at the helm is the great-granddaughter. The quality of food and service has been equally impeccably maintained. The food is prepared in-house as well as meticulously sourced from the best producers. The wine, even when ordered by the glass, is always served table side from the bottle by your white-gloved, tuxedo-clad waitstaff.
- Romantic Dining: "This anchor of a Saint Germain des Pres cafe has lost none of its luster or grandeur over the century it has reigned here in Paris. Now its Thursday night jazz nights have revived it even more, becoming the place to soak in a bit of jazz and enjoy a glass of whatever suits you. And you needn't even indulge in dinner to sit inside and listen to the jazz music. But dinner here is always a good idea, with such classics as grilled salmon or duck served with new potatoes on the menu. A prize was created - Prix Des Deux Magots - and eponymously named for the best talent and original work. But you don't have to be a writer or artist to soak up some of the Saint-Germain des Pres atmosphere."
- Best for Romantic Dining Because: This one of the Parisian dining institutions that are so classic that it is as much a pilgrimage as visiting Le Louvre or Eiffel Tower.