The Dôme is one of the most legendary cafés in Paris, it was a gathering place for intellectuals from all over the world including Ernest Heningway.
Founded in 1898
In this typical place in the Montparnasse district with its art deco style room, rich in woodwork and stained glass, you will taste succulent fish and seafood. Located at the corner of Boulevard Montparnasse and Rue Delambre, Le Dôme was founded in 1898 by Paul Chambon from Auvergne. Originally, it was a small neighborhood tobacco bar.
A place of intellectual gathering
From 1905, the establishment began to attract a clientele of Scandinavian, German and American artists, and established itself as a place of intellectual gathering. Since the early 1900s, the Café du Dôme has been recognized as an intellectual gathering place. Known as the “Anglo-American café”, it is the first café in Montparnasse. “Source and disseminator of gossip, it provided exchanges of messages and an informal market for artistic and literary destinies. » Frequented by famous or soon-to-be famous painters, sculptors, writers, poets, models, art lovers and merchants, Le Dôme became a focal point for artists residing on the Left Bank of Paris. It eventually became the gathering place for the American literary colony. Hemingway describes The Dome in Paris est une fete : “There were models who had posed, and painters who had worked until the light failed them; there were writers who had finished their day’s work, for better or worse, and there were also drinkers and freaks, some of whom were known to me and some of whom were mere extras. »
The most chic café in Montparnasse
Before the First World War, Le Dôme was the most chic café in Montparnasse. At the time, a poor artist could afford a Toulouse sausage and a plate of mash for the equivalent of one euro. Today, it is a high-end fish restaurant. Passing through the invisible door to get to the restaurant, one could almost guess the clamor of the worldly past that the place sheltered: from the Roaring Twenties to today, a room filled with a thousand anecdotes, memories, meetings, succulent dinners held by the excellence of seafood products from French producers. Since the early 1900s, the Café du Dôme has been recognized as an intellectual gathering place. Known as the “Anglo-American café”, it is the first café in Montparnasse. Le Dôme, a true Montparnasse institution, manages to keep its soul while revisiting the codes of the Parisian brasserie with elegance and modernity.
108 Boulevard du Montparnasse 75014 Paris