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Procope Café in Paris

Procope is a prestigious place that was founded way back in 1686 by Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli and is classified as not just the oldest cafe in Paris but also the oldest operating cafe in the world, where it has welcomed numerous famous people such as Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin.

This particular cafe come restaurant is steeped in history and has a decor that is largely inspired by the great Parisian events that have taken place here, and this will undoubtedly entice you to experience some fantastic French food in this lovely place for yourself.

Procope Café In Paris

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It occupies a three-story town house that has now been categorised as an historic monument and inside you will find lots of different dining areas and one particular room on the ground floor is like an old library.  The walls of Procope are in a deep red and it has a preserved interior that is so in keeping with the old building you will feel like taking a step back in time, which even includes the original table that Voltaire used to sit at.

The interior also includes lots of panelling, mirrors, oil paintings and portraits of historic and famous clientele hung on the walls, crystal chandeliers, inlaid tiled floors and restored traditionally upholstered chairs, which makes this fabulous cafe more like one of the museums in Paris.  And in fact, at certain times during the afternoon you can actually visit this establishment without having something to eat or drink, just so that you can visit this place that has become a well known Paris landmark for its history including where the encyclopaedia was born.

Situated in the St Germain des Prés area of the Latin Quarter in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, it is a venue where you can relax and take in the rich traditions as you wait for your meal, which will be classic French cuisine and includes seafood dishes such as whiting in a tartare sauce and Breton oysters, plus other delights on offer such as coq au vin, onion soup au gratin, and duck breast done in honey sauce.

Procope serves meals more like you would get at a bistro or restaurant in Paris, but is also a place that has always served coffee and is still a fantastic establishment for morning coffee of afternoon tea, where you can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere knowing that many of the literary masters frequented this famous cafe in Paris.

Restaurant Guide Key Points

Procope is open from 10.30am through to 1am and although not always necessary, reserving a table is highly recommended, especially for an evening, but unfortunately because it is situated in a townhouse, it is not really accessible to the disabled.

The main courses are a rough cost of between 17€ and 45€ depending upon if you choose seasonal specialities.

The nearest Metro station is the Odeon.

Address & Contact Details:

Le Procope
13 rue de l'Ancienne Comédie

Telephone: 01 40 46 79 00 

Procope Cafe

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