Harry's New York Bar
Back in 1911, a former
LUXOS Recommends: A Bloody Mary, in its original birthplace
Opened in 1885, this was the finest bathhouse in
LUXOS Recommends: The classic Long Island Le classique Long Island
Bar Hemingway at the Ritz
The legendary newly overhauled bar was named after the author who celebrated the end of WWII here while being a war correspondent. Hemingway famously wrote “Whenever I dream of afterlife in heaven, [it] always takes place in the Paris Ritz.” Dating back to 1898, it was also frequented by Capote and Welles, while Proust wrote part of his novel A la recherche du temps perdu here.
LUXOS Recommends: The Serendipity, a perfect mix of Calvados, fresh mint, sugar, apple juice and brut champagne
La Closerie des Lilas
Another favourite with the literary set, this discreet establishment founded in 1847 counts Jean-Paul Sartre and Samuel Beckett as patrons, as well as Picasso, Apollinaire and Man Ray. It’s said Hemingway wrote part of The Sun Also Rises here – and his spot is even marked with a plaque. There’s a late-night piano bar, smart restaurant and cosy brasserie with terrace.
LUXOS Recommends: The Royal Closerie, a heady blend of champagne,
Les Deux Magots
A Saint-Germain-des-Prés institution, just across from Café de Flore, it is one of the city’s most famous cafés. In its 1940s heyday it saw the likes of Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Camus sipping coffees on its banquettes. The Surrealists, such as André Breton, and Picasso and Léger also congregated here. It even has its own literary prize, rivalling the Goncourt since 1933.
Les Deux Magots
LUXOS Recommends: A bottle of the Delamotte Rosé ‘Les Deux Magots’ of course!
Le Mathis Bar
Intimate and cosy, this bijou bar also has a past boasting illustrious guests like Françoise Sagan and Yves St Laurent. Recently updated by the Experimental Group cocktail crew, the place retains all its original charm thanks to chandeliers, mirrors, oodles of red velvet and a slightly louche feel. Even better, it stays opens until 4am.
LUXOS Recommends: The zingy and fresh vodka and lemongrass-infused Experience 1