Tuesday, February 3, 2009

ABC Wednesday: C is for "La Coupole"

La Coupole is the largest brassery established in 1927 on Boulevard Montparnasse in Paris. It was frequented by many famous people, such as Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre, Pablo Picasso, and others .  Bradley started to go there more than 20 years ago when he lived around that area.  I, Grace dined at this restaurant almost every time when I am in Paris.  I like their simple but consistent comfort French food in a yesteryear decor.  


The restaurant was sold to Jean-Paul Bucher of Groupe Flo recently.  Last November, I was pleasantly surprised by their renovation including a huge round painting on their dome.  Here you can see the artwork from where I sat.  


The canvas was a joint effort from four internationally renowned artists: Carole Benzaken (French), Fouad Bellamine (Moroccan), Ricardo Mosner (Argentinian) and Xio Fan (Chinese). Here are their large black and white photographs on the back wall of the restaurant. 


The other part of the unique decor comes from 32 pillars, many of which were created by struggling painters in exchange of their free meals many years ago.  Aren't they fabulous? 

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13 comments:

Lene said...

Wow! I would like to go there and bring my camera! What a marvellous place to be - and I guess to eat to ;) Thank you so much for shareing :)

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Wonderful! I would love to go there.

Take care/ Tyra

Robert V. Sobczak said...

It's that sort of intangible quality that can make all the difference for a restaurant or hotel. To know the greats before had been there makes on think ...

kRiZ cPEc said...

The French is expert in lifting the dining experience to the level of art, thanks for sharing

Bibi said...

The Coupole used to be my favorite restaurant when I lived in Paris in the 70's. However, in the three times I've visited it fairly recently, I have been very disappointed, both by the service and the food. I am really sorry about this, but am giving up. The decor is fabulous though, but this is the story of a chain take-over...

Reader Wil said...

Beautiful photos and very colourful! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for the visit to my Australian experiences. You wanted to claim the country for yourself as all Europeans before you. Well fortunately the Indigenous people are more aware that they have a say in the matter. In many cases we have to ask permission to visit a site. You will see from my blog that my daughter has Aboriginal in-laws. They regard me as a member of the family too. I love to see them each time I am in Oz.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

OOOOH! Looks like a great place to take a camera!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

fabulous images, very innovate looking places!! great abc

Carol said...

The decor is fabulous...beautiful color... looks like a great place to dine...

nonizamboni said...

Fabulous, indeed! What a delightful post for 'c' today. And I was able to leave cold Minnesota for the beautiful city. Thanks for sharing & visiting my blog.

Neva said...

It looks like a fabulous place to visit and bring your camera!

Reader Wil said...

Sorry, Willie Gordon is not my son-- in- law. He is the touroperator of the Guurrbi Tours and a great Aboriginal guide on these tours. My ex son-in-law is a young man.

Jay said...

Looks like a wonderful place - and much bigger than I imagined!

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