Brasserie des Célestins
10 Place Célestins, Lyon, France
04 78 42 05 41
Brasserie des Célestins Lyon Reviews
Brasserie des Célestins Dec 05, 2009
We were seeking a place where we could get a cup of coffee to heat our hands on. Our eyes fell for the Brasserie des Célestins, which is a nice little café and a place where the interior actually match the cozy impression from outside.
The café is situated at the beautiful Place des Célestins just next to the impressive Theatre. Seen from the outside this place looks like it has a long history, even thought the modern outdoor furniture speaks a more modern history.
It´s name is written with golden letters up beyond the five large windows that gives the whole lengths of the café, and the first letter; the B is slightly hanging looking like it will be falling down any second. Two large vases were marking the ends of the cafés territory; they were decorated with branches and large green leafs, and some sprayed with silver.
When we entered things looked like the probably had done for years. The owner doing the ordering; he was a friendly smiling man with a large corpus, and he looked like he had been out all night. He showed us to one of the first tables and let us sit down before he took our orders, which he then gave the waitress who was a beautiful specimen of a French femme fatale.
The chairs were the typical wiener ones in black and they were probably only a couple of years old, but fitted well in the rest of the environment. The tables were small and square and all were decorated with red flowers. The long bar was made of wood and painted red with a black granite or marble plate. The classic old fashion beer taps fulfilled the picture of a nice bar.
Behind the bar there was a wonderful old stone wall with two large arches that had been fitted with huge mirrors and glass shelves; this opened up the bar and gave it a more spacious impression, because the fact was that it was not a large café.
We got our coffees; made by the beautiful waitress and handed over by our jovial café owner. While we were sitting there he had started on a project making a Christmas decoration in the two large vases outside the café. I was impressed that he was standing out there in the cold with a short sleeved T-shirt, while we still kept our jackets on inside.
The coffees were good and just as we wanted them and after some 20-30 minutes we left paying the waitress while she was standing behind the bar taking to a friend on the phone about man from yesterday.
We hit the cold streets again and we had still one hour before we were meeting Bernard at a restaurant.
Nice place, would love to come back again in the summer.
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