If you want to dine in a Belle Epoque restaurant in Paris, Brasserie Mollard might just be the place you are looking for. Founded in 1867 by Mr and Mrs Mollard, the Brasserie Mollard is one of the best Art Nouveau restaurants in Paris. The brasserie's location has contributed significantly to its success, particularly in the 19th century: located a couple of minutes away from the Saint Lazare train station, an area which used to be quite rural and under-developed, the brasserie benefited from the fast period of the Industrial Revolution and the development of railway stations. Soon the Saint-Lazare area became very popular and many came to establish their business in the neighbourhood. With the money earned from the restaurant's success, Mr Mollard decided to invest in the decoration of the place, making it one of the most typical Belle Epoque brasseries in Paris.
It is in the Latin Quarter that the first Poilâne bakery opened in 1932, rue du Cherche-Midi, by Pierre-León Poilâne. Pierre-León had three children, a daughter called Madeleine and two sons, Max and Lionel. Lionel, the youngest of the three, spent most of his childhood in the Latin Quarter small bakery, trained by his father at the age of 14 to become a master baker.
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.
After almost a year of construction work, the restaurant 'La Coupole' was inaugurated on the 20th December 1927. 1200 bottles of champagne were opened to celebrate this occasion! It was established by two brothers in the heart of Montparnasse during the Twenties, which the French called 'Annés folles', ie. the 'Crazy Years', a time of exception cultural and artistic dynamism. La Coupole has since then been visited by many famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Man Ray, Josephine Baker, Edith Piaf, Ernest Hemingway, and many others.