Le Dome, La Cupole, Le Select, La Rotonde
Le Dome is on the corner of Boulevard Montparnasse and Rue Delambre. Le Dome, La Coupole, a few doors down (red canopy), Le Select and La Rotonde (both in the 6th) were all haunts of painters and writers of the "Lost generation". Nowadays Le Dome is a good fish restaurant. La Coupole was started in 1927 by two waiters fired by Le Dome, and today is noisy, cavernous, and caters mainly for the tourist trade, though you will get a fairly decent meal there. Neither resemble the scruffy places they once were. By the way if you want to follow in the footsteps of the impoverished artists and authors then you sit inside, not on the terrace. The poor writers and artists could not afford to heat their studios, so came to the heated Dome to sit over their drinks. Many were too poor even to pay their bar bills, and left paintings instead. Simone de Beauvoir edited Jean-Paul Sartre's "Being and nothingness" at a table inside Le Dome, though it was said she preferred La Coupole for her Sunday lunch.
To continue this walk around the corner click here, and we'll walk up rue Delambre and up to the Cemetery to see their last resting place.