The Oldest Café in Paris

What stories the walls of Le Procope Café could tell! Founded in 1686, it has been witness to gatherings of luminaries from politics, literature, philosophy and history including Robespierre, Voltaire, Rousseau, George Sand, Victor Hugo, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.

In fact, Franklin was such a revered Le Procope patron and exalted figure in Paris that the National Assembly adjourned on word of his passing and a memorial service was held at the café on June 15, 1790.

Located at 13, Rue de l’Ancienne Comédie in Paris, the charming Le Procope is now a historic monument, while still operating as a café and restaurant.  The three-story townhouse can also be classified as a museum of sorts, displaying items including Napoleon’s hat, Voltaire’s desk and an original 18th-century copy of the Declaration of the Rights of Man.

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