The Café de Flore, opened in the 1880s during the Third Republic, is celebrated for its famous clientele which have included some of the greatest French writers and philosophers. Georges Bataille, Robert Desnos, Léon-Paul Fargue, Raymond Queneau were all regulars, along with the artist Pablo Picasso. Jean-Paul Sartre spoke of the café during the war: “We got completely settled here: from 9 a.m. till noon we worked here, then we went for a lunch and at 2 p.m. were coming back and talked with friends till 8 in the evening. After the dinner we arranged meetings with friends here. It can seem strange but we are at home at the Café de Flore”.
After the war Juliette Gréco, Ernest Hemingway, Trumane Capote, later Roman Polonski, Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Belmondo and Yves Saint Laurent all were regulars. Juliette Gréco has said, “In Flore people are less ugly than anywhere else”.
Located at the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Benoît with its interior of red seating, mahogany and mirrors little changed from World War II, the cafe is still as popular as it ever was.