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Café Germain

Author: Anothertravelguide.com1 COMMENT

Café Germain

The Costes brothers, the Paris restaurant gurus, have come up with yet another cool surprise - Café Germain. The café-brasserie spreads over three floors, each featuring a vibrant, playful, yet so elegant ambiance, achieved through Costes collaboration with the architect and designer, India Mahdavi, a well-known figure on the international design scene. The first floor bar is done in the style of the 70s, with prevailing black and white surfaces, supplemented by glossy red and yellow hues in design elements and furniture. A centerpiece and a distinctive mark of the café is a massive yellow sculpture, which as if grows out the black and white checkered tile floor and reaches through the ceiling. Created by the French artist, Xavier Veilhan, it's entitled „Sophie" and represents a lady dressed in a raincoat and high heels. The head and the upper part of the torso reappear in the upstairs lounge, contrasting with its bright blue walls. The lounge, with its quirky pink pool table, a huge round mirror and bright red design details has an entirely different feel about it. Germain's large windows and a decorative glass ceiling fill the brasserie with an abundance of natural light.
The stylish Parisian spot attracts an equally stylish public. Perhaps they come from the nearby St.Germain Boulevard, packed with fine shops, nightclubs and numerous gathering places of Paris intellectuals. The French film legend, Catherine Deneuve, lives in the neighborhood, too, and, who knows, maybe you can catch a glimpse of her, coming out to fetch fresh bread and cheese for her breakfast.

25-27 Rue de Buci, Paris

Posted 04/2010

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Benjamin S.

Visited: October 2010

I am a regular customer of Costes restaurants. However, it is in Café Germain that I have lived the worst restaurant experience in my life. I booked a table. When we arrived, it was not ready so we were proposed to wait at the bar, then on couch. After 30 minutes, I told them not to forget us. After an hour, they told me I would be given a table in 10 minutes. After an hour and 20 minutes, we were proposed to have dinner on the couch! What we refused. The waitress said she was sorry and that it was not her fault. After one and a half hour, they asked us to pay for the drinks because the waiter had finished his service. We asked the manager who answered, with arrogance, that either we were waiting another 15 minutes, either he was offering the drinks and we could always leave the restaurant. SO, WE WAITED FOR 1H30, ASKED TO PAY THE DRINKS NEVER BEEN SEATED, DARED TO COMPLAIN AND WERE ASKED TO LEAVE.

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