The best way to see Paris is on foot and for a great Paris by night experience follow the classic trail of Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald and so many more..

Begin at la Closerie des Lilas in Montparnasse which is where Emile Zola brought his friend Paul Cézanne, and  Théophile Gautier and the Goncourt brothers were regulars.

In the 1920’s La Closerie became one of American ex-pats’ Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Miller’s favourite places and still retains that charming feeling of yesteryear. Tip: Have a drink on the lovely terrace.

From Montparnasse take a 25 minute walk up to Saint-Germain-des Prés, passsing through Le Jardin du Luxembourg, to arrive at 1880’s Brasserie Lipp.

This friendly brasserie has seen many famous writers cross its threshold among whom Proust, Camus, Sartre and Hemingway, whose favourite meal of sausage with mustard and French potatoes in olive oil is still served here. Nowadays you can spot Giorgio Armani having lunch here. Tip: try Hemingway’s fave dish for dinner with a beer which has prompted Hemingway once to reminisce in his book A Moveable Feast that “The beer was very cold and wonderful to drink. The pommes a l’huile were firm and marinated and the olive oil delicious. I ground black pepper over the potatoes and moistened the bread in the olive oil. After the first heavy draft of beer I drank and ate very slowly. When the pommes a l’huile were gone I ordered another serving of cervelas. This was a sausage like a heavy, wide frankfurter split in two and covered with a special mustard sauce. I mopped up all the oil and all of the sauce with bread and drank the beer slowly until it began to lose its coldness and finished it and ordered a demi.”and take your time to let it go down as it’s a hefty meal, before taking another walk.

This one will take you a good half hour at least  to your final destination. Your most direct route takes you past the Musée d’Orsay, across the passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor (a footbridge) over the Seine through the Tuileries Gardens to Place Vendôme. 

The Hemingway Bar at the Ritz was once the meeting place for F. Scott Fitzgerald (who had his favorite seat), Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper who are said to have stayed and talked here for hours until deep into the night. So get yourself a Hemingway Margerita cocktail and do the same.