The Background

Initially owned by a chocolatier before becoming the Café Durand, Le Florida had a number of political associations in the twentieth century. At that time it was frequented by Spanish refugees before becoming the preferred meeting place of students. Today it attracts a diverse clientele from all walks of life and generations.

It owes its success partly to the "Belle Epoque" ( 1871-1914 ) atmosphere that the Florida has managed to preserve with its spiral staircase, murals and elaborate architraves of that era adorning the walls ; but it is especially the lead-backed mirrors painted by L. Bordieu which make it possible to date the the café’s initial period - 1874 to be precise !