La Petite Chaise was serving diners under the reign of Louis XIV, making it the oldest restaurant in Paris. During the French revolution the popular piano bar at La Cloiseries des Lilas was an inn for stagecoach drivers, and Josephine plotted away with Napoleon from the sumptuous Le Grand Véfour. During the Belle Epoque the stained glass domed Bofinger and shiny, brass trimmed Le Train Bleu restaurants were designed to dazzle with their opulent splendor. Brasserie Lipp and Les Petits Ecuries are examples of beautiful brasseries opened by beer brewing Alsatians fleeing the Franco-Prussian war. Peace settled in, as did the roaring 20‘s and the Art Nouveau dining rooms of La Coupole, Julien and Prunier.
Photo : Sylvia Sabes