During the closure of the cafes because of the covid, some Parisian cafes like Les Deux Magots have a good idea to decorate their windows with fictitious “customers” embodied to perfection by big teddy bears, it makes you wait in style for the reopening. of this mythical place.
“Les Deux Magots” (that is to say “The two Chinese figurines”) comes from the sign of a novelty store that once occupied the same location. Founded in 1812 at 23 rue de Buci, it moved to Place St-Germain-des-Prés in 1873 to expand. The two statues that adorn the hall today still bear witness to this period. In 1885, the store gave way to a liqueur café which kept the same name. Verlaine, Rimbaud and Mallarmé, among others, then get used to finding their way around. The Café began to play an important role in Parisian cultural life before asserting its literary vocation in 1933 with the creation of the Prix des Deux Magots. Frequented by many illustrious artists including Picasso, Fernand Léger, Prévert, Hemingway …, it welcomes the surrealists under the aegis of André Breton and the existentialists around Sartre and Beauvoir . Today, just as popular, one of the oldest cafes in Paris attracts personalities from the worlds of art and literature, fashion and politics, and tourists from all over the world!