Thursday, August 11, 2022






Brasserie Lipp is a restaurant  located at 151 Boulevard Saint-Germain in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. Albert Camus used to frequent this restaurant.Mention the name Brasserie Lipp and famous authors, such as Proust, Camus and  Sartre, come to mind. In the  room with white table covers , Camus would sit with friends for drinks or coffee and his favourite  snacks that included Cheese Danish and pastries.

Once   the meeting place of the literary and intellectual elite of Paris city,  It is now a popular tourist destination. Its historical reputation is derived from the patronage of Surrealist artists and intellectuals such as Ernest Hemingway.  Other patrons included Proust , Gide, Malraux, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce and Bertolt Brecht. Although Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir  were also seen in this restaurant but they always preferred and patronised 'Cafe de Flore ' another well known restaurant. The couple were allotted free space to sit and work on first floor by the management of the restaurant .

Lipp, in actual fact, catered to a clientele that fell into three distinct categories: Lunchtime was for the local professionals and business people who wanted to dine in a quiet, serious place ; early evening was for writers, booksellers, publishers, magistrates, civil servants, doctors and artists looking to unwind over a drink or two and have a good chat; the later evening hours were for * “Tout Paris.”
For over 140 years  since its creation in 1880 by Léonard Lipp, the Brasserie has enjoyed a solid literary and political reputation. The menu of the Brasserie LIPP is characterised by traditional dishes that are   exemplary in quality.Among the famous specialities of the Brasserie LIPP are Bismark herring( a fish speciality ), brandade de morue ( potato and bread speciality ),  choucroute garnie( potato  and mutton speciality) , roast chicken, blanquette de veau ( rice pilaf, butter ,herbs and mutton speciality ) and tete de veau( a non vegetarian preparation from head portion) 

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*(Tout Paris)  is a French expression referring to the fashionable and affluent elite of the city, who frequent fashionable events and places, and establish trends in upper-class culture.

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