Two friends and I stopped by the charming garden area of the restaurant on a warm sunny afternoon in June three years ago. We had drinks and chatted with other patrons enjoying the ambiance of a spot noted for the affection that Ernest Hemingway had for it while writing "the Sun Also Rises." Last August, La Closerie des Lilas was the first stop I made when arriving in Paris from a Rhone River cruise. We whiled away an evening, again in the garden, with drinks and appetizers (which were excellent) and walked back to our hotel in the Montparnasse agreeing that this was among our favorites in Paris.
Several weeks ago, I took my granddaughter to La Closerie des Lilas for lunch during our week and a half visit to Paris. It was a perfect afternoon, of course in the garden. We had an excellent wine and the fish choice for lunch was amazing. It turned out to be an afternoon of people watching as the garden filled up with what appeared to be primarily local denizens, many of whom were known to the staff. I would go back tomorrow if it didn't involve a 14 hour plane ride.
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