Brasserie Lipp

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Brasserie Lipp is located in Paris
Brasserie Lipp
Location in Paris
Restaurant information
Established27 October 1880; 140 years ago (1880-10-27)
Owner(s)Groupe Bertrand
Street address151, Boulevard Saint-Germain
Coordinates48°51′15″N 2°19′57″E / 48.854122°N 2.332628°E / 48.854122; 2.332628Coordinates: 48°51′15″N 2°19′57″E / 48.854122°N 2.332628°E / 48.854122; 2.332628

Lipp is a brasserie located at 151 Boulevard Saint-Germain in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. It sponsors an annual literary prize, the Prix Cazes, named for a previous owner.


On 27 October 1880 (1880-10-27), Léonard Lipp and his wife Pétronille opened the brasserie on the Boulevard Saint-Germain. Their speciality was a cervelat rémoulade starter, then choucroute garnie, served with the finest beers. The brasserie's atmosphere and its modest prices made it a great success. Anti-German sentiment during the First World War led to a change of name to Brasserie des Bords for several years. Of Alsatian origin, Lipp left Alsace when it became part of Germany.

In July 1920, the bougnat (Paris immigrant) Marcellin Cazes redesigned the brasserie, which had become frequented by poets such as Paul Verlaine and Guillaume Apollinaire. He decorated it with tiled murales by Léon Fargues, with painted ceilings by Charly Garrey, and purple moleskin seating. In 1955, Cazes passed the baton to his son Roger.

On 29 October 1965, Mehdi Ben Barka, a Moroccan anti-monarchy politician opposed to King Hassan II, was abducted by the Morocco Secret Service in front of the brasserie, probably with the help of the French. The Ben Barka Affair became a political scandal which fundamentally changed France–Morocco relations.

Since 1990, the brasserie has been progressively developed by the Bertrand family of Auvergne, owners of the Angelina tea house, of fast food chain Bert's and of the Sir Winston pub chain.[1]

Prix Cazes[edit]

In 1935, then innkeeper Marcellin Cazes established the Prix Cazes, a literary prize awarded each year to an author who has won no other literary prize. Up to the present day the prize is advertised by the Lipp.


  1. Jean-Louis Curtis, Les Jeunes Hommes
  2. Olivier Séchan, Les Chemins de nulle part
  3. Jean Prugnot, Béton armé
  1. André Favier, Confession sans grandeur
  2. Pierre Humbourg, Le Bar de minuit passé
  1. Solange Fasquelle, Le Congrès d'Aix
  2. Henry Dory, La Nuit de la Passion

In culture[edit]

The writer Pierre Bourgeade (1927–2009) wrote several pieces with the brasserie as the setting:

  • Bourgeade, Pierre (January 1997). "La Perleuse". Cybersex et autres nouvelles. Paris: Blanche. pp. 93–94. ISBN 2-911621-09-3.
  • "Histoire de Chimène" [History of Jimena Díaz]. Senso (in French) (13). illustrated by Christine Lesueur. March–April 2004. pp. I–VIII. ISSN 1630-6775.CS1 maint: others (link)
  • "Chimène chez Lipp (extract from Éloge des fétichistes), Tristram, 2009)". Les Lettres Françaises. New Series (58): XVI. April 2009. (Supplement in L'Humanité, 4 April 2009. ISSN 0242-6870)
  • Diwo, Jean (1981). Chez Lipp. Denoël., a history of the brasserie.
  • In Woody Allen's movie Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson's character Gil mentions Brasserie Lipp in a passing remark.
  • Featured prominently in Ernest Hemingway's 1964 memoir A Moveable Feast


  1. ^ Béglé, Jérôme (15 January 2010). "Il était une fois... Lipp, le temple de la tradition" [Once upon a time... Lipp, the temple of tradition]. Le Figaro (in French).
  2. ^ "Le prix Cazes décerné à Nicolas d'Estienne d'Orves" [The Prix Cazes awarded to Nicolas d'Estienne d'Orves]. (in French). 12 November 2012. Archived from the original on 1 July 2013.
  3. ^ Isabelle Léouffre, « 81e Prix Cazes chez Lipp: un road trip à la française », Paris Match, 15 April 2016

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