When I first arrived in Paris, this is one of the places that felt the most typically Parisian to me. It is a café/restaurant/theater/cinema, so it gathers a lot of culture, plus reasonably priced wine. What more could I possibly wish for?
Now that I have spent several years in this city, I sometimes tend to forget what inspired me when I first arrived here. Through the eyes of a local, one could think of this place as a bit old-fashioned, but then this is what I particularly what I first loved about it – and I actually still do.
Despite its rich cultural agenda, I have to admit that realistically I go to the Lucernaire most often just to have a little red wine at the end of the day, to see a friend, or to fill a gap before going somewhere else. The waitress at the bar downstairs deserves a special mention: she is possibly the coolest lady I have seen serving in bars in Paris, it is like she owns the place.
Completely in line with its retro charm, do not expect wifi in this café, it is all the more suitable to dive into a big novel and watch people pass by.
A pleasant detail: Le Lucernaire is located just next to the Jardin de Luxembourg, so when you’ve done your late afternoon stroll you know where to go!