Les Deux Magots

Top choice cafe in St-Germain & Les Invalides

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If ever there was a cafe that summed up St-Germain des Prés’ early-20th-century literary scene, it’s this former hang-out of anyone who was anyone. You'll spend substantially more here than elsewhere to sip un café (€4.70) in a wicker-woven bistro chair on the pavement terrace shaded by dark-green awnings and geraniums spilling from window boxes, but it’s an undeniable piece of Parisian history.

If you’re feeling decadent, order its famous shop-made hot chocolate (without/with whipped cream €8/10), served in porcelain jugs. The name refers to the two magots (grotesque figurines) of Chinese dignitaries at the entrance.