My Best Paris Restaurants:
La Coupole

La Coupole Restaurant Paris
102, Bvld du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
Metro: Vavin
Phone: 01 43 20 14 20
Hours: 7:30am to 2:00am daily

F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo Picasso bore witness to the renowned seafood…

To fully appreciate it, it’s important to understand the history of La Coupole. This Paris institution is one of the famous early 20th century Paris brasseries. It was designed to serve big crowds of Rive Gauche (left bank) intellectuals, artists and luminaries and bring notoriety to the Montparnasse area of Paris. And so it did.

The who’s who of former patrons of La Coupole’s hay-day is impressive to say the least: Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Henry Miller, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Not too shabby...

The setup of La Coupole restaurant Paris initially included a night-club on the basement floor, the main floor brasserie and an open-air summer restaurant now covered with a glass dome.

Today, the ambiance is still upbeat and casual. On a busy evening, expect it to be hectic but fun. So, try to find a little private corner and settle in to enjoy the traditional French cuisine that is particularly well represented here. But I also included La Coupole as a great alternative for seafood lovers. Its fresh seafood platters are perhaps the biggest in Paris and are renowned although the restaurant offers an otherwise quite extensive menu of competing delicacies.

More specialized and sometimes more buttoned-up Paris seafood restaurants will not easily serve better seafood. You will need room for extra helpings and positively addicting desserts.

Reservations are not required and altogether not taken after 8:00 pm. This place can accommodate many. If need be, have a drink at the bar and you’ll soon be on your way to a great tabletop feast.
Menu price range: €15 to €30

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