Saturday, 30 March 2013

Paris Day 2: Les Deux Magots

Artists' Haunts of Yesterdays, Tourist Trap of Todays. 

If there's a tourist trap in Paris, it's called Les Deux Magots. I'm willingly (and arguably madly) fell into it like kid in a candy store (or a caffeine addict in a coffee shop). It's a cafe that was frequented by notable artists and philosophers in the early 20th century with luminaries like Ernest Hemmingway, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, etc.

If you've watched Midnight in Paris (2011), that's the cafe in question. I don't know if they use the actual cafe. But that's the cafe it's based on.

Les Deux Magot's, Paris, France

Apart from their associations, this is a cafe like every other. Well, except for the 2 large sculptures of seated Chinese Mandarins attached high on a pillar. The coffee shop's full name was taken from a popular play titled Les Deux Magots de la Chine (Two Figurines from China). They're actually considerably larger than figurine size. They're in fact, life-size.

saint-germain-des-pres Metro, Paris, France
Les Deux Magots is practically opposite the Metro's exit

My defense to Ada for coming here was that since we need to grab some (late) lunch, this was as good a place as any. And it locates only minutes walk from Saint-Germain-des-Prés metro, which is only a 3 stops from Cité metro on Line 4.  We ordered a club sandwich (that came with purple potato chips), and it turned out to be not too shabby. The coffee is a typical decent drop of French brew.

Club Sandwich at Les Deux Magot's, Paris, France

We would probably enjoy more if we were a couple of artistes. Well, we're just a couple of humble tourists.

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