Les Deux Magots are 140 years old ! To celebrate this anniversary, we’re happy to display the exhibition « 140 years of creative minds in Saint-Germain-des-Prés », at our cafe from April 30th to September 22th.


This beautiful retrospective honors those who are the very soul of our literary café, which has given artists of all eras the faith and freedom to express their fantasies, their madness, their thoughts within our walls. The arts in every form join forces here. Writers, filmmakers, musicians, thinkers, painters, sculptors, architects, stylists collectively embody the life of the café.

Discover the exhibition of Les Deux Magots 140 years
Discover the exhibition of Les Deux Magots 140 years


Prepare for some disconcerting face-to-face encounters. You will hear the musical musings of the fi rst modern poets, like Verlaine and Rimbaud, the more thunderous voices of the surrealists, the trompinette of polymath Boris Vian, of course, the velvet of Gréco, the thoughts of Sartre and Beauvoir, the ballads of the Beatles and Brassens, the manouche of Thomas Dutronc, the pen of Jérôme Garcin, the keyboard of J.J. Abrams who wrote the screenplay for Star Wars : The Force Awakens, the “Action!” of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, all the way to the smartphone pings of the influencers as they strive for eternal glory on social media with the Deux Magots logo.


It is indeed 2024. You traveled through time, but stayed in the same place, beneath the gaze of the two Chinese statues. Waiters no longer have to call out “Heads up !” as they hustle to the floor. Everyone knows that culture is simmering, bubbling, boiling here in the minds of those we recognize, and the minds of those we don’t–yet.


Les Deux Magots, a name that reaches from France to the far corners of the earth, has been inspiring for 140 years. And that’s not going to end today. With its feet firmly planted on its history, its soul rooted in its neighborhood, the literary café towers worldwide as a timeless bastion of creation.


Photos credits : © Bernard Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet ; © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet ; © Robert Van Der Hilst/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Discover the exhibition of Les Deux Magots 140 years

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