La Coupole

restaurants / Bistros & brasseries

Lonely Planet review

The reason for visiting this enormous, 450-seat brasserie, designed by the Solvet brothers and opened in 1927, is more history than gastronomy. Its famous mural-covered columns (painted by such artists as Brancusi and Chagall), dark wood panelling and soft lighting have hardly changed an iota since the days of Sartre, Soutine, Man Ray, the dancer Josephine Baker and other regulars.

You can book for lunch, but you’ll have to queue for dinner; though there’s always breakfast. It’s a great option if you’re travelling en famille : kids are given pencils and game-filled notebooks, and can choose waffles, fruit cocktails and more from their own menu.