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.