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Le Procope Paris Reviews
Restaurant Le Procope Aug 20, 2009
Restaurant Le Procope is one of the oldest restaurants of Paris; it is situated in rue de l'Ancienne ComĂ©die, 6th arrondissement very close to Boulevard Saint-Germain.
The restaurant was opened in 1686 by the Sicilian Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli, with a slightly subversive name adopted from the historian Procopius, whoâ€™s Secret History, the Anekdota; told the scandals of Emperor Justinian, his ex-dancer Empress, and his court.
For more than two centuries everyone who was anyone (or who hoped to become someone) in the worlds of the arts, letters and politics, frequented the Le Procope; Voltaire came here, and Rousseau; Beaumarchais, Balzac, Verlaine and Hugo; from La Fontaine to Anatole France.
The list of the habitues of the PROCOPE is a list of the great names in French literature. It was here in the 18th century that the new liberal philosophy was expounded; this was the cafe of Encyclopedistes, of Diderot, Voltaire, d'Alembert and Benjamin Franklin.
The history of the PROCOPE is closely linked with eighteenth century revolutionary ideas. Robespierre, Danton and Marat used the cafe as a meeting place, and the young lieutenant Napoleon Bonaparte left his hat here as a pledge.
The restaurant was really nice, I must say and we ended up having a great meal with great wines, like Chabls Laroche. I had the large fruit de mer or a so called Â˝ Plateau Royal,and really enjoyed that I could order a single portion. We were quite pleased when we left the restaurant 4 hours after we entered. We took a taxi and headed back to the area of our hotel to find a cafĂ© and some night life.
It was definitely a place I can visit again.
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