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The Watch Snack: Alcazar

Anna Wu-Chauvineau
Le 19 February 2017

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Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Historic post-WWII gathering place of intellectuals, writers, film directors, musicians, etc…and that’s putting it lightly. Simple words can’t describe the bubbling effervescence of cultural genius and activity that this legendary neighborhood has witnessed. Let me just say Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, André Breton, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Jacques Prévert, and Ernest Hemingway…how’s that for name-dropping?

Nestled in the 6th district of Paris, today’s Saint-Germain-des-Prés is an undeniable hub of Art. Whether we’re talking about Primitive Art, Modern Art or Contemporary Art, the number of art galleries largely outnumbers that of cafés or restaurants in the area. No one comes to this part of town “just because”…unless you’re a lost tourist looking for Brasserie Lipp.

Now let’s imagine after a long day of art gallery visiting with your sweetheart, you find yourselves inspired and your horizons broadened, yes absolutely. But what would make the day perfect would be to enjoy a nice drink and/or meal in an establishment where you can really finish your day in style.

As luck would have it, there is. Eureka! And its name is Alcazar.

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Far from being a stranger to the neighborhood, the structure has been standing on rue Mazarine since the 17th century. First as a place of “jeu de paume,” or ball-and-court palm game, the establishment then became a printing workshop in the 18th century. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that it became Alcazar. Famous Parisian cabaret in its beginnings, the place was transformed into a restaurant in 1998.

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The choice is yours: some contemporary French cuisine in an enchanted forest on the first floor if it strikes your fancy, or a drink and some small dishes at the more club-like “Le balcon” on the second floor.

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You’ll be able to prolong your cultural day in an artsy atmosphere since many of the clients are gallery owners, art dealers, and art collectors from this part of town. As the 6th district becomes increasingly touristy, there’s a reason why art-lovers remain loyal to Alcazar…it must be that extra authenticity and art de vivre à la française they can’t find elsewhere in the neighborhood.

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