12. Cafe de Flore
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Emily meets a new guy, Thomas, who is a semiotics professor at the Cafe de Flore. It’s one of the famous cafes in the 6th arrondisement at 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, down the street from the other famous cafe Le Deux Magots. Cafe de Flore was a popular hotspot for Yves Saint Laurent and the fashion crowd of the 1970s, and as Thomas explains in Emily in Paris, a hangout for Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre.
Le Deux Magot was the original hotspot for the literary and artistic types like Hemingway and Picasso. Thomas says in the show that Sartre and de Beauvoir decided the cafe was “too bourgeois and they fled to the Cafe de Flore because it was empty” and it became the new cool place to be.