The Best Retro Cafe Restaurant in Paris
Article by Elma
Le Bouquet d’Alésia is the quintessential “neo-retro” Parisian café.
Located in the epicenter of the 14th arrondissement of Paris, the Bouquet offers a classy blend of tradition and modernity: original vintage design and a hearty and grand selection of dishes accompanied by professional and friendly service.
American writer Henry Miller frequented the bistro in the 1930s where he used to enjoy white wine or coffee with rum. Le Bouquet d’Alesia is still an ideal Parisian bistro that offers high quality service and ingredients
Review by Henry Miller:
Another café that Henry Miller’s frequented at this intersection was the Bouquet d’Alésia: “Hardly a day of my life, after moving to the Villa Seurat, ever passed without a drink or two at either Café Zeyer or the Café Bouquet d’Alésia at the Carrefour d’Alésia.” Miller often stopped here in the company of Alfred Perlès who recalled, “we dropped in here for an occasional vin blanc cassis, or a café arrosé rhum after dinner and before the cinema.”
One particular evening at the Bouquet d’Alésia stood out for Miller. Having stopped for a quick beer, he took a seat on the terrace which provided a view to stimulate his astrological interest:
I had just passed the Bouquet d’Alésia which faces the church and as there were still a few moments before closing time I saw no reason why I should not sit down on the terrace and enjoy a quiet beer all to myself. There was always a red glow about the church which fascinated me–and at the same time from where I sat I could look at my benevolent planet, Jupiter.
Whatever benevolence the planet offered would not be enough to protect Miller this evening. On returning to his studio in the Villa Seurat, he decided to climb up on the roof for another glimpse of Jupiter and fell from the ladder, crashing through a window of his apartment. He was badly bruised and covered in blood from the cuts, but managed to summon the help of a neighbor who rushed him to the American Hospital in Neuilly. Anaïs Nin spent the next ten days nursing him back to health.
Review from yelp.com by Amanda:
I like this place because of the large terrace, the bio ketchup, and the variety on the menu…and of course, the french fries, which go well with the bio ketchup.
I’ve been here a handful of times and haven’t been disappointed.
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