Sights and Sounds of Revolutionary Paris

Equality In Funny Places
Revolutionary Tradition and Les Mis
Revolution 1789
--The Monarchy
--Tennis Court Oath
--Fall of the Bastille
--October Days
--Declaration of War
--Palace Invaded
--Louis XVI
--Reign of Terror
-- Fall of Robespierre
--At war
1789 in Les Miserables
--The Terror
--The People
--The Students
--The Monarchy
--Place de Concord
--Notre Dame
Daily Sites
--Street Names
--Children's Names and Games
Works Consulted

Restaurants and cafes

  • In the old Paris restaurants were only owned and operated by privileged people. However, this tradition was changed when a cook opened up a restaurant and inside had a beverage room where above the door he had placed a sign triumphantly reading: "Venite ad me omnes qui stomacho laboratis, et ego restaurabo vos"(guide book). The cook would be a precursor to the times to come for Paris because after the revolution of 1789 restaurants began popping up all across the landscape. During the 1850's groups of foreigners were flocking to Paris from all over France and Europe, and with them came new habits and customs. It was during this time when cafes and restaurants became popularized, and eventually became one of the defining characteristics.
  • The crowds at a Parisian restaurants were said to be much more diverse then the crowds at similar London establishments during the same time period. The diversity in Parisian cafes was attributed to by the fact that it was not considered a forepaw, in Paris, for women to go to restaurants like it was in London. They were even allowed to dine alone or with another women companion in private dining rooms, called cabinets de societe. However, the restaurants that allowed smoking were clearly marked with signs reading, ESTAMINET, warning ladies not to enter.
    • In 1850 most of the popular restaurants were located in the Palais Nationale, however others could be spotted all over Paris at the time. Some of the restaurants were a la carte, and others were a fixed amount per person dinning. Delightful dinners that were plentiful and included wine were about 2 francs a day. In the Palais Nationale and most other parts of Paris a person could find a dinner consisting of soup, two main dishes, bread, dessert and wine for 30 to 22 sous per person. One must be warned however " …good wine at Paris restaurants was often the exception instead of the rule!"
    • Popular restaurants of the times included: Les Trios Freres Provencoux, Very, and Vefour all located in the Palais Nationale. Directly following a feast it was customary to head across the street to a nearby café.

      No, cafes and restaurants are not synonymous
    1850's café description
    Daily Sites