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 become a blasée Parisienne (whatever that means) one could think of this place as a bit old-fashioned, but then this is what I particularly love about it.
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. (Is it that the more time I spend in Paris, the more I let go of my ambitions to be culturally well informed?)
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: 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!