Classics from Cafes

Ordinary Places, Extraordinary Works

The Elephant House - Edinburgh, Scotland

J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone in the Elephant House Coffee Shop in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Caffè Trieste - San Francisco, California

Francis Ford Coppola wrote much of the screenplay for The Godfather while sitting in the Caffè Trieste

Betty Boop - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Quentin Tarantino wrote the Pulp Fiction script in Amsterdam, in a hotel room and in coffee shop ("Dutch" for hash-bar) Betty Boop.

Tarantino incorporated aspects of the Netherlands into his films as he loves Amsterdam's. In Pulp Fiction, Vincent tells his heroin dealer that "I just got back from Amsterdam and discusses it with Jules in their opening scene. In the conversation in the Jack Rabbit Slims restaurant, Mia mentions that she goes to Amsterdam to "chill out" for a month or two every now and again.

La Closerie des Lilas - Paris, France

Ernest Hemingway wrote many of his notable works and short stories in the Closerie des Lilas, including most of The Sun Also Rises.

La Closerie des Lilas is split into a late-night piano bar, chic restaurant and more lovable (and cheaper) brasserie with a hedged-in pavement terrace.