Food & Drinks

Cafe Laurent at the Hôtel d’Aubusson

Nowadays jazz, perhaps, is not so popular but you will never regret if you come one Thursday to the cafe Laurent at the Hôtel d’Aubusson for “Jazz Evenings”. High-quality live music and good red wine – this is all you need for a great evening in a good company.

The café at the Hôtel d’Aubusson was opened in 1944 and became one of the first cafes in Saint-Germain, which is now the center of cafes, bars and restaurants.
At first it was the cabaret “Taboo”, opened because the iconic cafe “Bar vert” had not enough dancing space. The Bar vert was the first American cafe in Paris open 24h. The Taboo’s owner Bernard Lucas was very educated. He was told to be an extraordinary man, who owned an old library and a collection of classical music. The cafe very quickly became a meeting place for thinkers and philosophers. The most famous client of the Taboo was Jean-Paul Sartre.
In 1946 the cabaret was closed by the police. But some time before that event, in the same 1946, Juliette Gréco (a postwar French singer who became a symbol of French intellectuals after World War II) discovered the Taboo. Juliette began her rehearsals at the Taboo and persuaded the new owners to reopen the cafe. At the same time a famous French writer Boris Vian, the author of the recently acclaimed novel “Froth on the Daydream”, became a haunter of the Taboo.
One year later, in 1947, the cafe returned to the previous owner Bernard Lucas. After that, as Boris Vian said, the cafe had the best time of “… organized madness. The atmosphere in 1947 could not be kept for a long time neither repeated by other cafes.” The cafe became a closed club. You must have some relationship to bohemian circles to become its member. Among the clients were  the future world-renowned publisher Gaston Gallimard, couples Jean-Paul Sartre – Simone de Beauvoir, Yves Montand – Simone Signoret. The cafe in times mentioned above became a legend. However, the cafe was too noisy, so the inhabitants insisted on the cafe to be closed at midnight. But this prohibition only provoked cabaret clients. The cafe held elections “Miss Taboo”, the striptease appeared with a large number of visitors not related to the club, what contradicted principles of a private club. Bohemians left the Taboo.
After a meteoric rise and fall the Taboo became a jazz club, however, it changed its style. The cafe still continued to attract lots of music addicts for some time. However, soon it was replaced with a regular restaurant. Now in the Taboo you can enjoy only innovative avant-garde works.
Nowadays, it is decided to restore jazz traditions of this cafe and to give it a fresh name. Today everyone may come on Thursday to the cafe Laurent and enjoy the enchanting live music in a warm family-like atmosphere. The cafe preserves its best traditions.
Address: Hôtel d’Aubusson Paris, 33 Rue Dauphine, 75006 Paris.