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Le Lucernaire – Classic rive gauche happiness

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?

Situated just below the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, this is not the cheapest neighborhood in Paris, and thus it is all the better to know about this legendary place, that seems to not have changed since it first opened in the 1970s.

Despite the rich cultural agenda, I have to admit that realistically I go here most often just to have a little red wine at the end of the day or in between meetings. The waitress deserves a special mention, she is possible 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: therefore 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!

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Details about this spot



53 rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Paris

Telephone number


Opening Times

24 hours daily | Check in advance


Glass of wine: € 3.50


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)