La Joie De Vivre
Throughout the centuries of civilization, and around the world, the “Café” has been a beloved institution serving as a home away from home and work – as a third place or gathering place – for millions of people from all walks of life and all cultures where time can be put on hold.
At the end of the 17th century, twenty years after the Grand Turk presented Louis XIV with a gift of coffee, the Sicilian Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli created a special place for enjoying this new drink.
Le Procope – located on the rue de l’Ancienne Comedie in the 6th arrondissement of Paris and called the oldest restaurant of Paris in continuous operation – gave birth to the modern French Café Restaurant opening in 1686 and became a favorite of Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, and Napoleon Bonaparte.
Over the next three centuries the French truly perfected Café life to become a symbol – and for millions upon millions the reality – of one of the quintessential places to experience and celebrate “La Joie de Vivre.”
The Café became both a refuge from daily life where people could be alone without the interruptions and pressures of everyday life enjoying personal tranquility and, at the same time, a meeting place where friends, colleagues and strangers share a good meal, glass of wine, conversation and camaraderie or just a café in a beautiful setting enjoying the companionship of friends and strangers alike watching the world go by: laughing, visiting and sharing secrets or in peaceful solitude. And what particularly distinguishes Café Life is its openness to these contradictory yet fulfilling experiences.
Café Chez Marie – in the spirit of and inspired by Paris’s great Café Restaurants such as Les Deux Magots and Café De Flores – hopes to become your “home away from home or work” for whatever time you spend with us providing our guests with great food in a charming environment and the opportunity to savor the very best of the joie de vivre café life has to offer