Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Time travel - Café de L'Enfer (Paris)

by H. C. Ellis

I recently found out that in Paris there was a place called Le Café de L'Enfer that was a Hell-themed café. It was created in the late 19th century and operating up until sometime around the middle of the 20th. National Geographic wrote a article about it:

"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!"

by H. C. Ellis

by H. C. Ellis

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