Top 10 writers’ favourite haunts

8: Jean Paul Sartre – Les Deux Magots, Paris 

Located in Paris’ chic Saint-Germain-des-Près district, Les Deux Magots became famous in the 1920s as a hangout for artists, writers and intellectuals, including Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and existentialist writers and on/off lovers Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, who made the haunt their headquarters. So loyal were the pair to the café that they had their own table, which they would write at nearly every day.

The café takes its name from a lingerie shop on the Rue de Buci, which itself was named after a 19th century play, Les Deux Magots de la Chine (Two Figurines from China). In 1873 the shop moved to the Place Saint-Germain and was turned into a café 11 years later, keeping its name. In addition to its literary patrons, Les Deux Magots is mentioned in Vladimir Nabokov’s incendiary 1955 novel Lolita. Today it serves as a prime people watching spot.

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