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Paris - Around Town : St-Germain, Latin and Luxembourg Quarters (part 3) - Late-Night Bars, Literary Haunts

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Late-Night Bars

  1. Le Bar Dix

    Incredibly lively bar, aimed at people who like to talk, smoke and drink. Happy hour 6–9pm.

    • 10 rue de l’Odéon, 75006

    Le Bar Dix
  2. Le Crocodile

    Potent cocktails are what this schoolroom-themed bar is all about. Choose from 350 combinations. Happy hour runs from 10pm until midnight.

    • 6 rue Royer-Collard, 75005

    • 01 43 54 32 37

    • Closed Sun

  3. El Palenque

    This lively Argentinian place brings Latin America to the Latin Quarter. Also serves great meat dishes.

    • 5 rue de la Montagne-Ste-Geneviève, 75005

  4. Café Mabillon

    The place that never closes. Hang out on the terrace with a few drinks and watch the world go by. Happy hour 7–9pm.

    • 164 blvd St-Germain, 75006

    Café Mabillon
  5. L’Assignat

    Pleasant, bright family-run L’Assignat is full of regulars propping up the bar with a beer or a glass of wine.

    • 7 rue Guénégaud, 75006

  6. Mezzanine

    The lounge bar of the legendary Alcazar is the place to be seen. Drinks are not expensive given the buzz and the wonderful location.

    Alcazar

    • 62 rue Mazarine, 75006

  7. Le Mondrian

    Just the place to wind down after a night of joie de vivre.

    • 148 blvd St-Germain, 75006

  8. Le Bob Cool

    On a quiet backstreet, this shabby-chic bar plays host to thirsty local nighthawks as well as trendier partygoers on latenight cocktails.

    • 15 rue des Grands Augustins, 75006

  9. Coolin

    An Irish bar that doesn’t try too hard. Appeals to drinkers, talkers and listeners of all ages, who like their draught Guinness with a blarney chaser.

    • 15 rue Clément, 75006

  10. L’Urgence Bar

    Hit this hospital-themed bar for cocktails with names like “Laxative” and “Liposuction”, served in either a test-tube or baby’s bottle.

    • 45 rue Monsieur le Prince, 75006

Literary Haunts

  1. La Palette

    This café has been patronized by the likes of Henry Miller Apollinaire and Jacques Prévert.

    • 43 rue de Seine, 75006

    • Open 8am–2am Mon–Sat

  2. Les Deux Magots

    This was home to the literary and artistic élite of Paris as well as a regular haunt of Surrealists such as François Mauriac .

    • 6 pl St-Germain-des-Prés, 75006

    • Open 8am–2am daily

  3. Café de Flore

    Guillaume Apollinaire founded his literary magazine, Les Soirées de Paris, here in 1912 .

    • 172 blvd St-Germain, 75006

    • Open 7am–1:30am daily

    Café de Flore
  4. Le Procope

    The oldest café in Paris, this was a meeting place for writers such as Voltaire, Hugo, Balzac and Zola.

    • 13 rue de l’ Ancienne-Comédie, 75006

    • Open noon–1am daily

  5. Brasserie Lipp

    Ernest Hemingway pays homage to this café in A Moveable Feast. It was also visited by Symbolist novelist André Gide.

    • 151 blvd St-Germain, 75006

    • Open 12:15pm–2am daily

  6. Hotel Pont Royal

    Henry Miller drank here at the time of writing his Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer.

    • 5–7 rue de Montalembert, 75007

    • Open 8am–midnight daily

  7. Shakespeare and Co

    This renowned bookshop was once described by novelist Henry Miller as a “wonderland of books” (see Shakespeare and Co).

    Shakespeare and Co
  8. Le Sélect

    F. Scott Fitzgerald and Truman Capote were among many American writers who drank in this café-restaurant.

    • 99 blvd du Montparnasse, 75006

    • Open 8am–2am daily

  9. La Coupole

    Opened in 1927, this former coal depot was transformed by artists into a lavish, Art Deco brasserie. It attracted such luminaries as Louis Aragon and Françoise Sagan .

  10. Le Petit St-Benoît

    Camus, de Beauvoir and James Joyce are among the many writers who once took their daily coffee here.

    • 4 rue St Benoît, 75006

    • Open noon–midnight daily

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