Set in the opulent surroundings of the 17th-century place des Vosges, perched on the corner of Rue du Pas de la Mule beneath the vaulted arcades, Café Hugo reopened its doors to the public this summer following a floor to ceiling renovation.
Co-owner and general manager Éric Teilhol says that patrons can expect to find: “a contemporary remodelling” of the space. The interior features handcrafted wine and gold ceramic mosaics, uncarpeted stone floors and bespoke seating lit with low hanging avant-garde light fixtures. The café also boasts a newly exposed kitchen adjacent to the cocktail bar. The building’s façade and enclosed exterior terrace which overlooks the manicured gardens and distinctive red-brick buildings of Place des Vosges has equally been treated to an overhaul. It now subtlety mirrors the internal design to give a sense of coherence and flow between inside and out while greatly expanding the cafe’s seating area.
Nelly Teilhol who co-owns the cafe with her husband Éric highlights the range of cocktails available at the bar. Of note is the “TGV” (vert) which combines Tequila, Get 27 and Vodka, a slight variation on the original potent recipe, which brings together in equal measures, the three white sprits; Tequila, Gin and Vodka. It’s not for the faint hearted and is often referred to as: “an intoxicating cocktail at high speed.” For those less daring, or more sensible, the refreshing classics including; Cuba Libre, Gin Fizz and Pina Colada all grace the menu. The boozy star however, may indeed be the Mojitos cleverly served in rustic jam jars. The combination of fresh mint, pure sugar cane and a splash of lemon juice muddled with care and topped with a dash of club soda, is cocktail alchemy which seldom fails to please.
Éric and Nelly refer to Café Hugo as: “an all-day affair.” Beginning each morning with breakfast from 7am, service will run through lunch and dinnertime until close at 2am seven days a week.
Only steps away from the Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée where the prolific French writer and political ideologist Victor Hugo lived from 1832 to 1848, Café Hugo is quite possibly the perfect place for a literary tête-à-tête in the Marais.
The renovated Café Hugo’s is now open and is located at 22 Place des Vosges, 75004.
Metro: Bastille or Chemin Vert.