La Coupole

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  • Traditional French
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La Coupole in Montparnasse is the grandest of grand Parisian brasseries. An Art Deco triumph on an extraordinary scale, its famously vast dining room was once regularly graced by the top tiers of the artistic Rive Gauche set like Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. People still come here from all over the world, to marvel at its splendour - all 1000 square metres and 33 pillars of it - and to people watch, a timeless La Coupole pastime. The terrace tables in particular are perfect for watching life go by over a coffee and a crêpe Suzette. If you want an absolutely classic Parisian grand brasserie experience without spending too much, try La Couple.

Venue name: La Coupole
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Address: 102 Boulevard du Montparnasse
14e
Paris

Opening hours: 8.30am-midnight Sun-Wed; 8.30am-1am Thur-Sat
Transport: Metro: Vavin
Price: Main courses €27-€36. Prix fixe €29, €34

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My boyfriend, his parents and I dined at La Coupole last night after reading Time Out's recommendation. This is my first time in Paris and my dining experience at this restaurant absolutely ruined our last day in Paris and robbed us of £200! My boyfriend had the French onion soup, the duck and the creme brûlée, I shared his soup and dessert and had my own main. He didnt sleep a wink last night and obviously my sleep was disrupted, he got food poisoning, vomiting 6-7 times during the night amongst other things. To make matters worse, I starting vomiting that morning. We had organised to climb the Eiffel Tower in the morning and visit the Pompidou musuem on our last day in Paris but thanks to our dining experience at La Coupole we were restricted to spending the day in bed. I will certainly not be returning, my memory of this trip will be stained by this horrible experience and I will be making sure my friends don't make the same mistake while in Paris.