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Le Procope: The oldest restaurant in Paris

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Established in 1686 by Italian Francesco Procopio Dei Coltelli, Le Procope is the oldest restaurant and cafe in Paris, located in the historical Latin Quarter. The place has been visited by many famous French authors, philosophers and politicians who used to hang out and eat there. During the 17th century, the Age of Enlightenment, Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot have spent many hours at the Procope, debating the political and social context of the time. It is believed that Diderot wrote articles of his Encyclopaedia while he was there.

The Procope was a cafe where people trying to build their reputation liked to be seen. It is also one of the first places in Paris which started serving coffee!

French Revolution Decor

Food is served in a beautiful setting that reminds us of the time of the French Revolution. On one of the walls, you can find the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen adopted in 1789, highly influenced by Enlightenment principles of human rights, and at the entrance you will get the chance to see Napoleon’s ‘bicorne’ or hat, given away to help him reimburse his debts!

Classic French cuisine

The restaurant serves delicious traditional French cuisine. Dishes include the classic Coq au vin, trout meuniere and Burgundy snails. It is also a great place to enjoy platters of sea food and fish dishes. The brave amongst you can try the “tete de veau” – a full calf’s head in a plate staring right at you. For dessert, you can try an excellent crème brulee or chocolate profiteroles.


13 Rue de l'Ancienne Comédie - 75006 Paris


Metro: Odeon (line 10 and 4)

Opening times: every day, 11h30am - midnight

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