La Coupole

Address: 102 boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, 75014, France
Telephone: 01 43 20 14 20

- Mid-range

4.3

The authentic Parisian brasserie for late-night oysters and people-watching.

La Coupole forms part of Montparnasse history. Opened in 1927 as a "bar américain" serving up cocktails, with a basement dancehall where Parisians discovered the indecency of the tango, it is still the quintessential Parisian brasserie with its vast 1920s Art Deco interior with columns painted by different artists (said to have inspired Terence Conran for his London brasseries). Montparnasse has changed since then, the Coupole is now part of the Flo group and the food is pretty predictable, yet I still find there's something ineffably glamorous about coming here, its long shellfish counter, long lines of tables, touch of glitz (the tacky sculpture) and sheer, buzzy scale (it's one of the largest restaurants in Paris) that always makes a meal here fun.

Food and drink
4.3
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Service
4.3
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Food and drink
4.3
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Value for money
4.4
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Ambience
4.6
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Location
4
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Food and drink

Classic brasserie fare – shellfish, grilled fish and steaks, and curiously a house speciality of lamb curry, as well as seasonal offerings. But it's the shellfish that's the treat here – I practically always go for oysters, perhaps followed by chocolate profiteroles.

Ambience

Timeless favourite with Parisians, as well as French and foreign tourists. As well as lunch and dinner, it's open all day for breakfast, sandwiches or post-cinema drinks and the people-watching is great, whether you're seated inside or at the front with a view of the boulevard.

Service

Professional and speedy waiters in long aprons.

Location

Crowning the boulevard du Montparnasse with a long glazed frontage for watching passers-by.

Price advice

Count around 35 euros à la carte, but there are also good value prixe fixes at 23.50 and a 17.90 lunch menu.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Design and architecture

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