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"Paris's oldest restaurant has been founded in 1686 by an Italian, Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli. It is the first place that served coffee ☕ Located next to the French Comedy, it quickly became a literary restaurant, frequented by all of the good society. Intellectuals such as Voltaire and Diderot used to come here to exchange ideas, with famous foreigners of that time, including Benjamin Franklin. During the French Revolution, a lot of public gatherings happened here, which contributed to the restaurant's fame. Later, the Romantics (Hugo, Musset, George Sand) were also habitués. Today, it has kept a traditional charm, with every table named after a famous person who has dined here"
"The oldest café in Paris opened by Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli in 1686, which became the meeting place of the Parisian elite. Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu and Diderot were the most frequent customers, it is even said that some pages of the famous "Encyclopedia" were written at these tables."
"Delicious and authentic restaurant - it is said that upon one of his visits, Napoleon couldn’t pay the bill so left his hat as payment and they now have it on display… needless to say he has paid off his debt! "
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Enjoy some “tres jolie” days walking around the Parisian streets and boost up your energy level 🔋 with some coffee just after/before a “little” shopping spree. This list includes many of the city’s cafes (Paris is now a specialty coffee - and pastry - capital) and all the good spots to shop something that will surely indulge all of your needs/senses (main focus on French brands). 💡Be sure to check the vintage selling gems spreaded all over Paris!!! 💰 By the way, massive sales happen twice a year in France: in July and January. Called “les soldes” in French, the sales normally last around four weeks and the discounts increase as the weeks pass. Even if you don’t catch the sales, designer shops give you the opportunity of buying small accesories (keychains for example), leather goods (belts, gloves, card holders, passport covers, etc) or scarves/caps/ties - even umbrellas, which make for exceptional souvenirs. Perhaps you can even get the chance of seeing the “art of making” a product in the workshop/workroom of the artisans. Plus, visiting the shopping venues could turn into an amazing experience as many of them are soooo Instagrammable! Highlights: 🥐 Croissant - is a buttery, flaky, viennoiserie pastry inspired by the shape of the Austrian kipferl but using the French yeast-leavened laminated dough. Croissants are named for their historical crescent shape. The modern croissant seems to have been created by the French chef Sylvain Claudius Goy. 🥖 Baguette - is a long, thin type of bread of French origin that is commonly made from basic lean dough (the dough, though not the shape, is defined by French law). It is distinguishable by its length and crisp crust. 🧀 Fromage de France - there are more than 1,000 kinds of cheese in France! Being in Paris is being in the Ville des Fromages, the City of Cheese. Some of the most known: Camembert, Brie de Meaux, Roquefort, Reblochon, Munster, Pont l'Évêque, Époisses de Bourgogne, Comté. Tip: go for a “cheese and wine” tasting. 🐌 Escargot - any of several species of edible land snails, a delicacy of French cuisine. Although the snails eaten as escargots are terrestrial, they are technically mollusks and therefore classified as seafood. 🍷 French wine - France is one of the largest wine producers in the world. Red wines from grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel. Rosé wines like the Provençal rosé and the sweet White Zinfandels. White wines like a Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, or a Moscato. Sparkling wines from Champagne and Vouvray.
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