Restaurant Le Procope

The Procope

At Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the colourful façade is an integral part of the history of the district and of the capital. Founded in 1686, Le Procope prides itself on being the oldest café in Paris.

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A busy thoroughfare in the famous quartier de Saint-Germain-des-Prés, rue de l'Ancienne Comédie owes its name to the move of the Comédie Française, which was initially close by and then finally moved to the Palais-Royal. The Procope, however, remained. This traditional restaurant is where the greatest intellectuals and revolutionaries met.

From Diderot to Robespierre

Founded in 1686 by an ambitious young Sicilian, Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli**, Le Procope soon became a meeting place for the greatest writers. Its flamboyant decoration, its location in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the quality of its cuisine attracted — among other talents — Diderot, Voltaire, Musset and Verlaine.

During the turbulent hours of the French Revolution, it was a gathering place for fiery orators. The brewery still has traces of this tumultuous past, as evidenced by the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen inscribed on the walls of one of the rooms.
Later, Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon frequented this establishment in the 6th arrondissement. The latter even left a hat there, which can be admired in the entrance hall!
Perpetuating its reputation as a venue for the "Tout-Paris", Le Procope is still very popular with political, artistic and media personalities.

Discover traditional French cuisine

Le Procope has passed through centuries of history, and its menu still preserves the emblematic recipes of French culinary arts. Those who love calf's head, coq au vin or braised beef cheeks will enjoy themselves, especially if they start their meal the old-fashioned way, with an œuf mayonnaise or an onion soup au gratin… all at very reasonable brasserie prices.

For sunny days, Le Procope has a private terrace where you can enjoy these dishes away from the hustle and bustle of the street.
A restaurant with a long history in Paris, Le Procope invites you to a double rendezvous: with history, as this brasserie’s life spans centuries since its origin in 1686, and with traditional French cuisine.

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13 rue de l'Ancienne Comédie
75006 Paris 6ème

    Days and opening hours

    All year round, daily between 12 pm and 12 am.



    Spoken languages

    • French
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    13 rue de l'Ancienne Comédie
    75006 Paris 6ème

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