Recently, I wrote about Le Café de Flore and Le Petit Zinc in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood of Paris. Another big-name café is Les Deux Magots. A magot (magoh) is a slang term for a hoard of money. The name comes from two small statues of an Asian man and woman – essentially, the two hoarders, or misers. Before the café opened in 1885, there was a store by the same name that dated to 1812. When the café replaced it, they kept the name and the statues. Those two statues are still just inside the entrance.
This was another literary hangout for poets like Verlaine, Rimbaud and Mallarmé. When not passing the time at Polidor or Café de Flore, the surrealists and existentialists were at Les Deux Magots. This relationship has been marked since 1933 by the literary prize Le Prix des Deux Magots.
One of the house specialties is hot chocolate made by melting a bar of chocolate in hot milk and serving it in it’s own pitcher at the table. It’s quite chilly today, so I think I’m going to head right over there and get some! There are small meals available all day with a full dinner menu after 7 PM. Les Deux Magots is located at 6, place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, right at the intersection.