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.