1900s: The Cafe From Hell, Paris Amanda June 14, 2011 1900-1909, Places 14 CommentsFavourited 1775 times Add to favourites 14 Responses Filip June 14, 2011 And next door you have a place called “Le ciel”, which means “heaven” Reply Lucas June 14, 2011 Creepy! Adding to the bizarreness of the scene is that the bar next door is named ‘le Ciel’ – French for ‘heaven’. Reply KulkulkanX June 14, 2011 It’s a shame it didn’t survive, as it would be a great venue for black metal concerts! Reply Russel Tarr June 15, 2011 I was struck by the first picture shown here of a British cartoon from 1819 representing the French revolutionaries: http://www.historyhome.co.uk/pict2/1819.jpg Reply N. June 16, 2011 There is a discount store there now (53 Boulevard de Clichy). Satan manifests itself in mysterious ways. Reply N. June 16, 2011 The last picture is from the famous french photographer Robert Doisneau. The same place is in one of the Eugene Atget’s documentary pictures of the old Paris. Reply Wendy June 17, 2011 Love this place. Wish it was still around and in the U.S. Reminded me of how I still want to open a haunted house bar/restaurant. Reply Michel June 17, 2011 There was a less-elaborate copy of L’Enfer at the end of an alleyway in central Brussels. It had a ‘no one under 18 admitted’ policy which – as a 3-year-old – I felt was an infringement of my human rights. Reply Y-fighter June 27, 2011 Lovely! Reminds me of Le Macabre on Meard Street but much more ornate… Reply Jerry Cargil July 14, 2011 I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago and tracked down this cafe. The name still exists at the same address, but the edifice and interior are gone. It looks now just like any other cafe. Reply Win August 1, 2011 So so full of awesome. Can’t imagine why they put it in the red light district Reply Tracey September 17, 2011 a sculptural paraphrasing (albeit a good one, and brilliantly employed!) of the original in Rome, which dates back to the 16th century: http://www.reidsitaly.com/destinations/lazio/rome/sights/palazzo_zuccari.html Also reminds me of the Giardino dei Mostri in Bomarzo, outside of Florence–a whole garden’s worth of monsters, obstacles/games through which you pass on to . . . heaven? And also reminds me of the name of a bar in Mexico City which a friend who’d lived there in the 70s had told me about: “The Liver Doesn’t Exist”. I’ve always loved the spirit that came up with that one. Cheers, ya’ll! See you in hell! Reply Russell Darnley February 7, 2012 Some elements of Balinese art incorporated into this. In particular the face over the entrance is reminiscent of the Bhoma figure that recurs in Bali, also as Kala in Java. Reply Mark Wallace September 18, 2012 Wow – F Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “Babylon Revisited”, set in 1920s/1930s Paris features a “Cafe of Heaven” and a “Cafe of Hell” decorated along these themes. Presumably these are photos of the venue he had in mind? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.