Time Machine Lust: Café de L’Enfer

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Le Café de L’Enfer was a Hell-themed café in Paris’ red light district, created in the late 19th century and operating up until sometime around the middle of the 20th.

A hot spot called Hell’s Café lured 19th-century Parisians to the city’s Montmartre neighborhood—like the Marais—on the Right Bank of the Seine. With plaster lost souls writhing on its walls and a bug-eyed devil’s head for a front door, le Café de l’Enfer may have been one of the world’s first theme restaurants. According to one 1899 visitor, the café’s doorman—in a Satan suit—welcomed diners with the greeting, “Enter and be damned!” Hell’s waiters also dressed as devils. An order for three black coffees spiked with cognac was shrieked back to the kitchen as: “Three seething bumpers of molten sins, with a dash of brimstone intensifier!” —National Geographic

Incredible! I am amazed and delighted at all the thought and attention to detail that went into this marvelous &  meticulously designed experience. It’s apparent that somebody had a vision—and went all out to make something unique and totally bad-ass!

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2 Responses to Time Machine Lust: Café de L’Enfer

  1. Sucks that it’s long gone, that place looks so amazing! Can you imagine, going there after a nice long tour of the catacombs :)

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