• "Plat du Jour"...."Bon Apetit!" :-)
  • "live music underground" is what makes this a Cafe CONCERT not just a cafe. A tradition in Paris in the 1800's and only a very few like this one remain.
  • Pierre-Louis Baltard was the architect who designed the beautiful wrought iron and glass pavilions of Les Halles, the historic marketplace of Paris that was demolished in 1971 to make room for the Pompidou Center.
  • See the history below with a link to some wonderful old postcards of Les Halles, the ancient marketplace of Paris, which existed in the neighborhood of this "cafe concert", until it was demolished in 1971 & replaced with the Pompidou Center.
  • Bicycles and lamposts are a reality in Paris, not just in the movies about Paris! And since 2008 the city has been working to encourage even more use of bicycles, to help ease traffic congestion.

Rita Crane Photography: Paris / Bistro / Cafe / Restaurant / Bicycle / Lamp post / Historic Cafe / Cafe Concert / brasserie / red / Bar le Baltard, Marais District, Paris

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It was the last light of day on a cold winter evening, and cheerful chairs were waiting patiently for the evening's party to begin in this old cafe of the Marais district of Paris. :-)

CAFE CONCERTS: were traditionally a unique type of cafe, where music was offered. In the late 19th century when the cafes so typical of Paris were popping up everywhere, there were dozens of "Cafe Concert" where one could enjoy food and drink, and music. Only a very few of these historic places have continued the tradition in modern times.

This cafe concert has endured over the years, and is situated near what used to be the historic wholesale marketplace of Paris, Les Halles, dating from the 1100's and later to become the site of the beautiful glass and wrought iron pavillions designed by Pierre-Louis Baltard. See wonderful HISTORIC PHOTOS OF LES HALLES BALTARD: paris1900.lartnouveau.com/cartes_postales_anciennes/les_h.... This fantastic old market - the heart of Paris - was torn down and the Pompidou Center built in its place in the early 1970's. The farmers now go to Rungis - on the outskirts of Paris - to set up their stalls.

The Forum des Halles is now scheduled to undergo a big renovation. Here's a link to the site with maps, videos and information about this transformation right in the heart of the Marais: www.parisleshalles.fr/ .

LOUIS-PIERRE BALTARD was the architect of the famous beautiful pavillions that served as the main market of Paris. Here's this from Wikipedia:
Louis-Pierre Baltard (July 9, 1764 — January 22, 1846) was a French architect and engraver. Born in Paris. He was originally a landscape painter, but in his travels through Italy was struck with the beauty of the Italian buildings, and changed his profession, devoting himself to architecture.

In his new occupation he achieved great success, and was selected to prepare the plans for some of the largest public edifices in Paris. Baltard died in Paris on the 22nd of January 1846.
Two of his children were also architects. Of these the more important was Victor Baltard. (from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Baltard )

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  1. citta-vita [deleted] 72 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called DESIGN OF CITIES, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  2. Jan's Art 72 months ago | reply

    very Paris - nice shot

  3. kitschcafe 71 months ago | reply

    can i be there now, please?

  4. thistle1976 70 months ago | reply

    great shot, makes me want to visit again

  5. Joaquín Martínez Rosado 67 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called A Paris to love and remember, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  6. adventurcrazy 63 months ago | reply

    Hi Rita, this is unbelievably beautiful image.I love the colors.

  7. BigGuy1611 61 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Why I Love Paris, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  8. Hot Pepper Dave 61 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cafes, Coffee Houses, Burger Joints, Food Carts., and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  9. Daria M 58 months ago | reply

    looks wonderful!

  10. Dizzy Dress 57 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous photo. So much detail and lovely colors.

  11. ctaylor1987 56 months ago | reply

    thank you for all the details you share about your photos. this is a wonderful scene, beautiful reds and greens, lively and SO lovely.

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  13. JulienLootens.com 50 months ago | reply

    "Metro parisien, petits plaisirs du soir et du matin"
    Livre 212 pages, en francais

  14. ricoslims 46 months ago | reply

    Great little place! We used to visit here when staying at the Britannique on avenue Victoria.

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  16. Randivonal 40 months ago | reply

    Wow , we are looking for romantic places www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i5GYw28Wto for Randivonal Tipp

  17. jenna solange 18 months ago | reply

    Awesome photos, Rita Crane. I would love to get in touch about licensing some of them. Please contact me via artists@picsastock.com for details. Regards, jenna solange

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