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Picasso’s Paris: 10 Historic Hotspots of the Paris Literati

Paris is rich in its layers of history, but few eras can compare to the explosion of creativity that centered in Montparnasse in the 1920’s. Get ready to retrace the stomping grounds of the greatest minds of the 20th century: Gertrude Stein’s studio on rue de Fleurus, Picasso’s favorite cafes, and the watering holes where Fitzgerald and Hemingway drank away their demons. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, a walking literary tour of famous bohemian neighborhoods gives the journey an even richer meaning.

10. Café de Flore

Today, the City of Lights is a much different landscape that it was during Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, which chronicled his days in Paris in the 1920s. Although Paris is now layered with modern buildings, many historic relics remain, including the Café de Flore. Many American expats were drawn to Paris, a city known for fostering a community of artists, writers, and intellectuals. One of the old haunts of the Lost Generation was this iconic café just around the corner from Les Deux Magots on Boulevard Saint-German. While Paris may no longer be a place for starving artists to survive, the café is a cherished relic of the old days that will get you in the mood with its original art décor and red seating. The Café de Flore has been inspiring legendary talents since it opened in the 1880s during the French Third Republic.

Café de Flore Paris

9. Harry’s New York Bar

Inspired by a love of Paris, one of the most dedicated American expats, Tod Sloan, had a New York bar dismantled and shipped across the Atlantic to 5 rue Daunou. Established in 1911, the popular watering hole was renamed Harry’s New York Bar when legendary Scottish bartender Harry MacElhone bought it in the 1920s. Harry might be long gone, but the Parisian spirit and French traditions still runs deep. Stop in for a drink and reminisce of the days when Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir would meet up to talk for hours on existentialism and philosophy. Celebrities like Coco Chanel and Humphrey Bogart were also drawn here for the trendy cocktails that Harry was mixing up. According to legend, Harry’s New York Bar is also the birthplace of classic drinks like the Bloody Mary and French 75. With its old school ambiance, it’s an American oasis in Paris.

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