Images of 19th Century Paris’s Hell-Themed Café

Manning Krull at Cool Stuff in Paris has posted some rare pictures of a Hell-themed café that was founded in late 19th century Paris.

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Little is known about the establishment, which appears to have operated into the mid-20th century. National Geographic has this to say:

“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!”

Next door was a less interesting café called Le Ciel (Heaven). See more at Cool Stuff in Paris.

14 Comments on "Images of 19th Century Paris’s Hell-Themed Café"

  1. Anonymous | Oct 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm |

    This place was founded by chef Ramsey’s great grandfather…..

    No, not really…

  2. GoodDoktorBad | Oct 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm |

    This place was founded by chef Ramsey’s great grandfather…..

    No, not really…

  3. Anonymous | Oct 19, 2010 at 11:31 pm |

    Bunch of Goths before their time.

  4. dumbsaint | Oct 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm |

    Bunch of Goths before their time.

  5. This is a great image. Looks like Marilyn Manson decorated a TGI Fridays.

  6. This is a great image. Looks like Marilyn Manson decorated a TGI Fridays.

  7. Tres Cool…that must have been a helluva sight back in the day.

  8. Tres Cool…that must have been a helluva sight back in the day.

  9. Anonymous | Oct 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm |

    This’d have been cool in the day. Imagine stopping off here for a jar of absinthe with Alfred Jarry!

  10. Liam_McGonagle | Oct 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm |

    This’d have been cool in the day. Imagine stopping off here for a jar of absinthe with Alfred Jarry!

  11. Hello, this is Manning Krull, from Cool Stuff in Paris! Thanks for the mention!

  12. Hello, this is Manning Krull, from Cool Stuff in Paris! Thanks for the mention!

  13. David Conrad | Dec 1, 2010 at 8:48 am |

    Je veux boire cognac dans l’enfer !

  14. David Conrad | Dec 1, 2010 at 4:48 am |

    Je veux boire cognac dans l’enfer !

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