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Top 10 Celebrity Haunts of Paris

Updated on December 1, 2010

Visit the Paris hang outs of Oscar Wilde, Hemingway and more!

Paris is one of the most influential cities in the world and has been the stomping ground to a plethora of globally celebrated figures such as Oscar Wilde, Jean-Paul Sartre, the impressionists, Moliere, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Hemingway and Chopin, just to name a few.

If you'd like to follow in the footsteps of such characters and see where they gathered to make their mark on the world, take a look at our Top 10 Celebrity Haunts of Paris.

Sip on a cocktail where Hemingway once did, deliberate over a coffee at one of the Existentialist cafes and visit the resting place of some of history's most iconic figures...

The Top 10 Celebrity Haunts of Paris

Jean-Paul Sartre at Café de Flore, 1945 (
Jean-Paul Sartre at Café de Flore, 1945 (

1. Be an Existentialist at the Cafes of the Left Bank

The 6th district of Paris on the Left bank was the gathering centre of many artists, literary figures, philosophers, film makers and decision makers. Here they'd meet, share and create revolutionary ideas and theories and write their latest book such as Sartre, as he did over a coffee and an abundance of cigarettes. Below are the famous cafes regularly frequented by icons such as Fernand Leger, Hemingway, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, André Breton, Picasso, Camus, Apollinaire, Modigliani, Man Ray, Debussy, Stravinski, Chagall and even Napoleon Bonaparte, Robespierre and Benjamin Franklin.

Les Deux Magots

6 place Saint-Germain-des-Pres, 75006 Paris

Metro: Saint Germain des Pres (Line 4)

Cafe Flore

172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris

Metro: Saint Germain des Pres (Line 4)

Cloiserie de Lilas

171 Boulevard de Montparnasse, 75006 Paris

RER: Port Royal (RER B)

La Procope (*the oldest restaurant in Paris-1686)

13 rue de l'Ancienne Comedie, 75006 Paris

Metro: Odeon (Lines 4, 10)

La Rotonde

105 Boulevard de Montparnasse, 75006 Paris

Metro: Vavin (Line 4)

Harry's New York Bar (
Harry's New York Bar (

2. Sip on a Hemingway Cocktail at Harrys New York Bar

Harry's New York Bar

5 rue Daunou, 75002 Paris

Metro: Opera (Lines 3, 7, 8)

A popular expatriate hangout since 1911 and was also where the cocktail the Bloody Mary was invented. Ernest Hemingway was known to sip a few cocktails here and it's also here that George Gershwin composed 'An American in Paris' at the Piano Bar of the establishment. Other celebrities who drank here included Coco Chanel, Jack Dempsey, Rita Hayworth, Humphrey Bogart, and the Duke of Windsor. With the original deco intact, it's worth a visit.

Maxim's de Paris Logo (
Maxim's de Paris Logo (

3. Be glamorous at Maxims de Paris

Maxim's de Paris

3 Rue Royale , 75008 Paris3.

Metro: Madeleine (Lines 8, 12, 14), Concorde (Lines 1, 8, 12)

Founded in 1893, this restaurant became 'an Art Nouveau masterpiece' that attracted a upper class client base thanks to the lavish decor and beautiful courtesans. In the 1950s it became a hit with the international elite and royalty such as The Windsors, Maria Callas, and Aristotle Onassis, and in more recent years the doors have opened to Barbara Streisand, Bridget Bardot and John Travolta. Today it is an internationally known establishment for its history and world class cuisine.

Oscar Wilde (
Oscar Wilde (

4. The Importance of Being Ernest at LHotel


13 rue des Beaux-Arts, 75006 Paris

Metro: Saint Germain des Pres (Line 4)

Previously known as Hôtel d'Alsace, this was Oscar Wilde's final residence in Room 16 before his death in 1900. During these times Hotel d'Alsace was a run down hotel and housed Wilde during poorer times. The hotel has since been restored but the bar where Wilde used to drink many a tipple, still remains and has become one of the most famous hotels in the world. Previous guests include Jorge Luis Borges, Princess Grace, Frank Sinatra and Salvador Dali.

Chopin's Tomb (
Chopin's Tomb (

5. Visit celebrities final resting place at Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

8 Boulevard de Ménilmontant and 16 rue du Repos, 75020 Paris

Metro: Pere Lachaise (Lines 2, 3), Phillipe Auguste (Line 2)

The largest cemetery in Paris and one of the most famous in the world, this is the resting place of many famous dignitaries such as Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Delacroix, Maria Callas, Chopin, Proust, Colette, Balzac, Edith Piaf, Sadeq Hedayat and Marcel Marceau.

Opening Times: Vary throughout the year - consult the website

Balzac (
Balzac (

6. Visit the House of Honore de Balzac

House of Honore de Balzac

47 rue Raynouard, 75016 Paris

Metro: Passy (Line 6), La Muette (Line 9)

Balzac, the father of Realism in French literature, lived in this house from 1840-1847 before he passed away in 1850, and it is here that he concentrated on his most famous work, La Comedie Humaine (The Human Comedy). Balzac chose this house to have a quiet space to work in and it also acted as a hideout from people he didn't want to see such as credit lenders! Visit the desk where Balzac wrote his most famous works and feel inspired. Opening Times: Tues-Sun from 10am-18:00. Closed Mon and public holidays. Free entry or 4 Euros for temporary exhibitions.

Victor Hugo (
Victor Hugo (

7. Discover The House of Victor Hugo

House of Victor Hugo

Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée, 6 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris

Metro: Bastille (Lines 1, 5, 8), Saint-Paul (Line 1), Chemin-Vert (Line 8)

In a stunning location, Place des Vosges in the Marais, Victor Hugo lived and died in this 17th Century 280msq mansion between 1832-1848. Victor Hugo was a novelist, playwright and essayist among other things, and is well known for his works such as Les Miserables and Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). A spectacular museum to visit.

Opening Times: Tues-Sun 10am-18:00. Closed Mon and public holidays. Free entry to permanent collections.

Coco Chanel (
Coco Chanel (

8. Have tea with Coco Chanel

The Angelina Tea Rooms

226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Metro: Tuileries (Line 1)

Originally called Rumpelmayers when established in 1903, The Angelina Tea Rooms is an elegant, Belle Epoque styled tea room, where you can sit back and take in the refined surroundings where Proust, Coco Chanel and other couturiers would come on their breaks and sip on tea from a bone china cup and saucer. It's famous for it's hot chocolate called L'Africain and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Opening Times: 9am-19:00 everyday.

Edith Piaf (
Edith Piaf (

9. Visit Edith Piafs Birth Place

72 rue de Belleville, 75020 Paris

Metro: Pyrenees (Line 11)

Legend has it that Edith Piaf was born on the steps of 72 rue de Belleville, abandoned by her mother. Many pay tribute to history's most famous singer at this spot and there's even a commemorative plaque, stating that it was here that she was born on 15th December 1915. Edith Piaf was known to sing in this area and in an adjacent area called Menilmontant. You can also visit her grave at Pere Lachaise.

Van Gogh, Cafe Terrace at Night 1888 (
Van Gogh, Cafe Terrace at Night 1888 (

10. Meet up with the Impressionists

La Bonne Franquette

Corner of 2 rue des Saules and 18 rue Saint Rustique, 75018 Paris

Metro: Lamark Coulaincourt (Line 12) and Abbesses (Line 12)

The meeting place of the Impressionists in legendary Montmartre, La Bonne Franquette has existed for over 400 years, previously known as 'Aux Billards en Bois'. It is here that characters like Pissarro, Sisley, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Monet, Zola et Vincent Van Gogh would meet up, unaware how famous they and their works would become in future years. Absorb history while you munch on Boeuf Bourguignon and sip on a glass of Saint Emillion in this typically Parisian bistrot.

Jim Morrison (
Jim Morrison (

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