La Closerie des Lilas

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DAILY: 12 P.M. - 12:30 A.M
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Hemingway once said that La Closerie des Lilas (which translates to ‘lilac enclosure’) was one of the best cafés in Paris. In fact, he wrote much of The Sun Also Rises there. Today the iconic lilac arbor still stands, but the reviews are mixed; some love it, some hate it (the latter probably on account of steep prices). Yet, its weighty history as Papa’s favorite makes it a prime location to relive the Midnight in Paris glory days. Lilas houses a restaurant, a brasserie and a late-night piano bar where a bronze plaque engraved with Hemingway’s name can be found.

Known For
  • historic
  • full menu
  • bar food
  • live music
  • outdoor / patio
What to drink
Coeur Lilas, a cocktail made with calvados, amaretto, Lillet Blanc, and crème de cassis.
For a more modest menu, try the brasserie and not the restaurant.