Le Procope

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Le Procope
A very interesting stop to eat or just to browse this historical landmark, Le Procope is the oldest continually operated restaurant still open in Paris. Opened in 1686, this cafe was one of the first places to serve the then exotic drink of coffee. Le Pre...
A very interesting stop to eat or just to browse this historical landmark, Le Procope is the oldest continually operated restaurant still open in Paris. Opened in 1686, this cafe was one of the first places to serve the then exotic drink of coffee. Le Precope quickly became a favorite haunt for the literary elite and high society classes of Paris and the world. Famous writers like Voltaire, Rousseau, Balzac,and Hugo often gathered here to discuss ideas. Later, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson frequented the cafe and it is said that a great portion of the U.S. Constitution was written here. Also the radical voices of the French Revolution like Robespierre, Danton and Marat met here. Many artifacts of their time here remain, such as one of Napoleon Bonaparte's famous hats and the desk of Voltaire. Busts and portraits of many of the famous clientele are positioned over their favorite tables, such as Franklin and Jefferson's. We didn't get to eat here, but were graciously allowed to wander through the rooms and soak up all the atmosphere of the history that was made here that influenced so much of the course of world events everywhere.
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An awesome history lesson in addition to an elegant place to dine.
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tripadvisee Hey so I can't figure out how to "respond" to the comment you made on mine so I decided to comment on one of yours! Honestly, I'd say the best place to go visit just to relax are all of the little cafes around the Luxembourg Gardens. Stray off the beaten path and you will be surprised how much you will find... I walked for miles (maybe even got a lost a little) but it was well worth it! I got to see how Parisians really live. In all the times I was in Paris, it was never like this past year. I also believe the Gardens have their own metro stop that is easily accessible and there are hundreds of people over there (in the gardens and outside). Just make sure you don't go on a Monday (it's closed)! Hope this helps! (: